Current Exhibitions


Yellow Leather Pin and Saks Fifth Avenue dress, c1960s. Collection of the Morris Museum.

Fashion Forwards
A Survey of Post WWII Fashion Accessories
March 20, 2018 – July 22, 2018

After the austerity of the war years, fashion following the end of WWII was characterized by the resurgence of haute couture, soft lines, and feminine embellishments.  The Morris Museum is pleased to present a survey of accessories from the 1940’s – 1960’s.


Collage of Works for Fresh Perspectives at the Morris Museum 2018.

Fresh Perspectives
March 16, 2018 – June 3, 2018

The 29th annual Fresh Perspectives juried exhibition provides artistically accomplished New Jersey high school students a professionally organized museum exhibition and recognizes art teachers for their encouragement and the effective teaching of these talented student artists.

Last year alone the museum received over 450 submissions of photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, and video.


Brett King, detail of the Aetherologist, 2012, Cary, North Carolina.

A Cache of Kinetic Art: Curious Characters
March 16, 2018 – June 20, 2018

Whirr! Whoosh! Whorl! WHEE! Is it alive? What does it do? How does it move? The Morris Museum is pleased to unveil a four-year exhibition series entitled A Cache of Kinetic Art. Featuring the energy and vitality of kineticism, explore stimulating artistic displays expressing the originality and resourcefulness of present-day artisans, using traditional and contemporary media. Join us for the first installment, Curious Characters which will focus on distinctive figural forms, from traditional to abstract.

Drawing parallels of innovative engineering, design and imagination, and bridging the gap between vintage and contemporary kinetic art, Curious Characters make connections between the technological ingenuity and talent of 19th century automata makers and artistic individuals of kinetic and interactive figures, inspiring a deeper understanding and appreciation of this unique art form.

Artists represented in this exhibition:
Lawrence Berzon
Antonios Chalyvidis
Randall Cleaver
Michael Croft
Geoffrey Drake-Brockman
David Dumbrell
Chris Fitch
Brett King
Aaron Kramer
Anthony Lent
Bradley Litwin
John Morgan
Steven Parker
Cecillia Schiller
Eliza Twitchell
Wade Warman
Laura Zelaya


We’re in the News!

 

  • Report by NJ TV News correspondent, Briana Vannozzi  at the opening preview for the exhibition.

 

Bird of Paradise Demonstration Schedule

In compliance with the artist’s request, Bird of Paradise will be demonstrated once each week on alternating Saturdays and Sundays by trained Gallery Guides.

The demonstrations will be at 1:30PM.

Saturdays  Sundays
 Mar  31  April 8
 April 14  April 22
 April 28  May 6
 May 12  May 20
 May 26  June 3
 June 9  June 17

Mark your calendar and join us for “an uplifting experience!”

 


Selected works in the Curious Characters exhibition: 


Related programming: 

A Cache of Kinectic Art:  Curious Characters (Tea and Tour)
March 28, 2018, 2:00PM Rescheduled date

Guinness Collection Curator Michele Marinelli offers an entertaining journey into the world of kinetic artworks, including live demonstrations.  This event is part of a monthly series featuring engaging talks, great conversation, and light refreshments. Get more details.

Homeschool Discovery Adventures
Kinetic Connections
March 29, 2018, 1:00PM

Students become introduced to the world of kinetic art as they make their own observations of the interactive figures on display and learn the science behind how their makers created these unique and innovative pieces. Includes a sketching activity in the galleries. Get more details.


Curator-Led Tour: Curious Characters
Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Members at the Partner ($350) level and above are invited for this tour. To RSVP, or to upgrade a membership level and attend this event,  call 973.971.3721 or email [email protected]


Last Look: Behind the Scenes of Curious Characters –
Thursday, May 3, 2018, 6:30PM – 8:00PM

A last opportunity to get a tour of the Curious Characters exhibition with the Guinness Collection staff before it closes.

Museum Members: FREE  (please call 973-971-3721 to register)
Non-Members: $10

Curious Characters: Curator-led Tour, May 3, 6:30PM (Non-members)


AutomataCon
May 18 – 20, 2018
 

The Morris Museum is thrilled to once again host AutomataCon, the second international convention devoted to automata, drawing enthusiasts from around the world. Visitors will have access to exhibitor tables and presentations including technical workshops and panel discussions.  This bi-annual event is a perfect complement to A Cache of Kinetic Art: Curious Characters.

For complete program access, pre-register at automatacon.org

Get the schedule of events.

Ark of the Reticient, 2010,
John Morgan, Opelika, Alabama

 

 

Bird of Paradise, 2017,
Chris Fitch,
Arlington, Massachusetts

Sway of Public Opinion, 2007,
Bradley Litwin, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Aetherologist, 2012,
Brett King,
Cary, North Carolina

To the Promised Land, 2016,
Laura Zelaya, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 


Counterfeit Coin Detector, c. 1857, Made by F.J. Herpers, Gift of Mr. Richard Herpers.

Museum Detectives: What is it?
November 21– May 6, 2018

The Morris Museum has extended this popular exhibition which presents unusual and intriguing objects from its collection and give you clues as to how, when or even why these objects were made. Visitors will use their observation and problem solving skills to classify objects and draw their own conclusions. Are they from the past or future? Fine art or scientific objects? This interactive exhibit will get you thinking!

 


Gallery Tour at the Morris Museum.

Gallery Tours

The Morris Museum offers tours of select exhibitions for groups of 10 or more.

Gallery Tours include educator-led programs for field trip students and adult groups, as well as self-guided browse tours.