Future Exhibitions

Collage of works from Fresh Perspectives at the Morris Museum, 2017.

Fresh Perspectives
March 9, 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.

Selected works in the Curious Characters exhibition: 

Related programming: 

VIP Opening Reception
 March 15, 2016, 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Museum Members will be the first to experience this groundbreaking exhibition before it opens to the public on Friday, March 16, 2018. Opening remarks will be given by Cleveland Johnson, Executive Director of the Morris Museum. Light refreshments will be served.

Members can attend by completing this RSVP or by calling 973.971.3706.

To become a Member, and attend this special VIP Preview, and visit the museum year-round for free visit morrismuseum.org/museum-membership, email [email protected], or call 973.971.3721.

A Cache of Kinectic Art:  Curious Characters (Tea and Tour)
March 21, 2018, 2:00PM

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
Non-Members: $10

To purchase tickets, please contact 973.971.3706.

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


Image Credits (Left to Right)

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