Past Exhibitions

Invention and Design: Early Italian Drawings at the Morgan

February 15 through May 19, 2019

The Morgan’s impressive collection of Italian Drawings documents the development of Renaissance drawing practice from its beginnings in the fourteenth century and over the following two centuries.

Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth

January 25 through May 12, 2019

The exhibition will be the most extensive public display of original Tolkien material for several generations.

By Any Means: Contemporary Drawings from the Morgan

January 18 through May 12, 2019

By Any Means brings together about twenty innovative works from the Morgan’s collection, including many recent acquisitions, by artists such as John Cage, Sol LeWitt, Vera Molnar, Robert Rauschenberg, Betye Saar, Gavin Turk, and Jack Whitten.

Beautiful Youths: Dandies from the Read Persian Album

October 30, 2018 through February 17, 2019

The leaves of a magnificent album compiled for Husain Khan Shamlu, governor of Herat (r. 1598–1618) and one of the most powerful rulers in Persia in the early seventeenth century, are now on view on the Lower Level.

It’s Alive! Frankenstein at 200

October 12, 2018 through January 27, 2019

Commemorating the two hundredth anniversary of Frankenstein—a classic of world literature and a masterpiece of horror—a new exhibition at the Morgan shows how Mary Shelley created a monster.

Drawing in Tintoretto’s Venice

October 12, 2018 through January 6, 2019

Jacopo Tintoretto (1518–1594) was among the most distinctive artists of the Italian Renaissance, but his drawings have never received the attention they deserve and remain unfamiliar even to many scholars.

Pontormo: Miraculous Encounters

September 7, 2018 through January 6, 2019

At the end of the 1520s, at the time of the siege that brought to an end the last Florentine Republic (1529–1530), the painter Jacopo da Pontormo, (1494–1557) created one of his most moving and groundbreaking paintings, the altarpiece of the Visitation.

Rivers and Torrents: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection

March 27 through December 9, 2018

Rivers and Torrents highlights works from the collection of oil sketches given jointly to the Morgan and to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2009 and 2016 by Eugene V. Thaw and his wife, Clare.

A Merchant Ivory Production: Highlights from the James Ivory Collection

June 26 through October 28, 2018

This exhibition explores an extraordinary partnership, as documented in director James Ivory’s annotated film scripts, editing notebooks, and correspondence

Medieval Monsters: Terrors, Aliens, Wonders

June 8 through September 23, 2018

Drawing on the Morgan's superb collection of illuminated manuscripts, this major exhibition, the first of its kind in North America, will explore the complex social role of monsters in the Middle Ages.