From Stone to Gem
Tuesday, June 12 – Sunday, September 16, 2018
Shine bright like a rock? mineral? —or gem! This exhibition highlights our extensive collection of rocks and minerals, with representative specimens from the mineralogical profile of New Jersey.
From quartz and amethyst, to rubies, emeralds, and diamonds, learn about the tools and processes that shape and refine these precious and semi-precious stones into breathtaking gems.
Spheres of Influence: W. Carl Burger
Tuesday, May 15, 2018- Sunday, August 19, 2018
Help us celebrate the long and distinguished career of prolific, New Jersey artist, W. Carl Burger.
Productive for over three-quarters of a century, he built a substantial repertoire that includes watercolors, paintings, lithographs, drawings, collages, and more. Never-before-seen works from our extensive collection will be on view.
Learn more about our studio art classes and workshops.
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.
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:
We’re in the News!
- Article in Arts and Antiques Weekly
- Post on Morristown Green
- Post on Q on Stage
- Video by Discover Jersey Arts
- Report by NJ TV News correspondent, Briana Vannozzi at the opening preview for the exhibition.
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.
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Mark your calendar and join us for “an uplifting experience!”
— NJTV News (@NJTVNews) March 19, 2018
Selected works in the Curious Characters exhibition:
A Cache of Kinectic Art: Curious Characters (Tea and Tour)
March 28, 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
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
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.
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.
- Displays of contemporary artists’ creations, automata, products and more!
- Meeting author Ellen Rixford who will autograph a copy of Figures in the Fourth Dimension, available in the Museum Shop.
- A chance to talk with the artists that created pieces exhibited in A Cache of Kinetic Art: Curious Characters.
- Live demos in the Curious Characters exhibition and the Guinness Gallery
- Building your Own Automaton on Saturday, May 19, 11:30AM – 3:30PM and Sunday, May 20, 2:00PM – 4:00PM
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.