Wednesday, April 3, 2019 – Sunday, October 6, 2019
Airships, locomotives, and corsets: the Victorian Era gave the world technological advancement, the birth of science fiction, and opulent fashion. The modern steampunk trend takes inspiration from this bygone age, especially in its dress. Featured is work by designers Paige Gardner, Amber O’Boyle Kulp, and Colleen O’Neill through a selection of women’s and men’s costumes and accessories that illustrate the eclectic and individualistic nature of steampunk fashion today. To provide a historical context for the six costume ensembles on display, 19th-century Victorian Era clothing and accessories from the Morris Museum’s permanent collection have been integrated into the installation, highlighting the design connections and deconstructions that oftentimes serve as the inspiration for steampunk costumers.
Discover elements of the steampunk style alongside 19th-century
Saturday, March 30, 2019 – Sunday, July 7, 2019
Take a closer look at documents, presented in facsimile, from our Founding Fathers, past presidents, famous writers, and inventors, as we discover the clues that letters can reveal. Learn about the various writing tools used over the course of time and how communication has evolved, from the quill pen to text messaging. Find out how a leading forensic handwriting expert uses handwriting to determine a person’s character, psychological state and identity.
Mysteries on Paper
Advance registration is required: 973.971.3706
Saturday, March 9, 2019 – Sunday, June 9, 2019
The Fresh Perspectives juried exhibition began in 1989 as an outlet for artistically-accomplished New Jersey high school students to express their curiosity and creativity.
Now in its 30th year, the Morris Museum is once again proud to display the superb work of photography, painting, drawing, sculpture and video by New Jersey’s most talented young artists.
A Cache of Kinetic Art: Simply Steampunk Friday, March 15, 2019 – Sunday, August 11, 2019
Simply Steampunk is the second installment of our four-year exhibition series, A Cache of Kinetic Art, exploring kineticism in contemporary artistic practice. Only fully appreciated when set in motion, these imaginative works capture the wondrous vision of a world powered by steam-engine technology from a bygone era. Combining 19th-century machine aesthetics with creative expression, engineering, and design, the interactive sculptures and installations in Simply Steampunk delight the senses with amazement, luminosity, sound, and movement.
Read the Press articles:
- The Record and North Jersey.com – Jim Beckerman
A sculpture exhibit, in steampunk style, makes Morris Museum a champion of kinetic art
- New Jersey Monthly – Jacqueline Klecak
Kinetic Art Exhibit “Simply Steampunk” Opens at Morris Museum
- Steampunk Explorer
- Morristown Green – Marion Filler
Steampunk chugs, spins, and whirs its way into the Morris Museum
- David Bowman, Mechanicsburg, PA
- Chris Cole, Bend, Oregon
- Ken Draim, Pittsburgh, PA
- Kyle Dries, Glen Oaks, NY
- Bradley Litwin, Philadelphia, PA
- LoHiFi Productions (Chris Little and Theofanis Pitsiavas), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
- Kenneth McBain, Morristown, NJ
- Mike Richison, Ocean Township, NJ
- Will Rockwell, West Orange, NJ
- Walter Rossi, New York, NY
- Matt Steinke, Austin, TX
People’s Choice Award: Voting is now opens and concludes on Sunday, June 30 and must be done on-site at the Museum. The award will be announced on the website and social media on Tuesday, July 2.
Build an Automaton Children’s Workshop,
Sunday, June 16, 2019, 12:30 – 2:00PM.
Join the Guinness Collection staff at a maker’s workshop where each child will receive one automaton kit to assemble, decorate, and then bring home.
For children ages 5 and up.
Parent: FREE but must be present.
Advance registration required:
Last Look: Behind the Scenes of Simply Steampunk
Thursday, August 8, 2019, 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Accompany the Guinness Collection staff into the world of steampunk kinetic art to catch a final glimpse before the exhibition closes. Artist David Bowman will join the tour to share his insights on his works.
Museum Members: Free
Leadership support for this exhibition is provided by our partners at M&T Bank.