Past Exhibitions

James Gillray and the Art of Caricature

October 8, 2019 through January 19, 2020

The career of English caricaturist James Gillray (1756–1815) spanned from the late eighteenth century to the first decade of the nineteenth century.

A New Yorker Bouquet

July 2, 2019, through January 19, 2020

This New Yorker bouquet is drawn from the extraordinary collection of over 1300 drawings for the magazine assembled by Melvin R. Seiden.

John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Charcoal

October 4, 2019 through January 12, 2020

This exhibition will recognize the sheer scale of Sargent’s achievement as a portrait draftsman.

Verdi: Creating Otello and Falstaff—Highlights from the Ricordi Archive

September 6, 2019 through January 5, 2020

This exhibition isbased on The Enterprise of Opera - Verdi, Boito, Ricordi created by Bertelsmann/Ricordi and curated by Gabriele Dotto.

Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak’s Designs for Opera and Ballet

June 14 through October 6, 2019

The exhibition will include nearly 150 objects drawn primarily from the artist’s bequest to the Morgan of over 900 drawings.

Hogarth: Cruelty and Humor

May 24 through September 22, 2019

The satirical scenes of the celebrated English artist William Hogarth (1697–1764) are iconic representations of eighteenth-century urban life at a time of great socio-economic disparity.

Walt Whitman: Bard of Democracy

June 7 through September 15, 2019

The exhibition explores Whitman’s process of self-invention, from his early years as a journalist, through the early 1850s when Whitman began to write more privately and poetically, to his final years.

Plein Air Sketching in the North

December 11, 2018 through August 25, 2019

During the second half of the eighteenth century, the practice of using oil paint on paper while working outdoors became popular among landscape artists.

Among Others: Photography and the Group

May 31 through August 18, 2019

Composed chiefly of works in the Morgan’s collection, this exhibition explores how photographers have represented the bonds uniting people, whether in group portraits or in serial imagery.

Modern and Contemporary Drawings: Recent Acquisitions

February 26 through June 30, 2019

Nearly fifteen years ago, while the construction of its Renzo Piano-designed expansion was under way, the Morgan embarked on a new program of acquisitions of modern and contemporary drawings.