THE MORGAN CELEBRATES THE TWO-HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN IN A NEW EXHIBITION
It’s Alive! Frankenstein at 200
October 12, 2018 to January 27, 2019
Press Preview: Thursday, October 11, 10:00 am–11:15 am
A classic of world literature, a masterpiece of horror, and a forerunner of science fiction, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is the subject of a new exhibition at the Morgan. Organized in collaboration with the New York Public Library, It’s Alive! Frankenstein at 200 traces the origins and impact of the novel whose monster has become both a meme and a metaphor for forbidden science, unintended consequences, and ghastly combinations of the human and the inhuman. Portions of the original manuscript will be on display along with historic scientific instruments and iconic artwork such as Henry Fuseli’s Nightmare and the definitive portrait of Mary Shelley. The story’s astonishingly versatile role in art and culture over the course of two hundred years helps explain why the monster permeates the popular imagination to this day.