Past Exhibitions

Life Lines: Portrait Drawings from Dürer to Picasso

June 12 through September 7, 2015

This exhibition presents some of the Morgan’s greatest portrait drawings from a collection of works on paper that is internationally recognized for its depth and quality.

A Certain Slant of Light: Spencer Finch at the Morgan

June 20, 2014 through August 23, 2015

American artist Spencer Finch (b. 1962) will unveil a new, site-specific, large-scale installation at the Morgan inspired by its great collection of medieval Books of Hours.

Lincoln Speaks: Words That Transformed a Nation

January 23 through June 7, 2015

The exhibition explores Lincoln as a writer and public speaker whose eloquence shaped the nation and the world, in his time and in ours.

Embracing Modernism: Ten Years of Drawings Acquisitions

February 13 through May 25, 2015

This exhibition will include more than ninety drawings created between 1900 and 2013 by artists from Matisse, Mondrian, and Schiele to Pollock, Warhol, Lichtenstein, Twombly, and—more recently—Kippenberger and Dumas.

In the Margins

May 5 through May 17, 2015

From May 5 to May 17 the Morgan Library & Museum will hold a special pop-up exhibition celebrating the acquisition of several unique books by authors connected to Britain’s Man Booker Prize.

Piranesi and the Temples of Paestum: Drawings from Sir John Soane’s Museum

January 23 through May 17, 2015

In 1777, the great Italian draftsman, etcher and antiquarian Giovanni Battista Piranesi visited the haunting and majestic archaeological site of Paestum on the Gulf of Salerno south of Naples and produced a series of monumental drawings. Preserved at Sir John Soane’s Museum in London, the drawings have only recently been restored and will be shown in the United States for the first time.

Hebrew Illumination for Our Time: The Art of Barbara Wolff

February 6 through May 3, 2015

The exhibition offers startling illuminations—recent gifts to the Morgan—created by this contemporary artist.

Cy Twombly: Treatise on the Veil

September 26, 2014 through January 25, 2015

This exhibition showcases Cy Twombly's monumental painting Treatise on the Veil (Second Version), executed in Rome in 1970, and its related drawings, all from the Menil Collection in Houston.

The Untamed Landscape: Théodore Rousseau and the Path to Barbizon

September 26, 2014 through January 19, 2015

Comprising seventy works from private and public collections, including the Morgan Library & Museum, this exhibition will consider the artist's wide-ranging achievements as a draftsman and his particular approach to the open-air oil sketch.

Treasures from the Vault

September 9, 2014 through January 11, 2015

Treasures from the Vault, an ongoing exhibition series, features works drawn from these diverse collections in the sumptuous setting of Pierpont Morgan's 1906 Library.