A Cache of Kinetic Art: Tiny Intricacies

March 18, 2020 – December 27, 2020

The contemporary mechanical works in Tiny Intricacies may be small in size but they are designed to delight and surprise. Some of the works are traditional in their construction using materials such as wood, metal, and paint; others reflect more technological advancements, predominantly engineered utilizing electronic components.

These intricately-crafted treasures are installed alongside several 19th-century novelty pieces from the Guinness Collection that are known as “precious smalls.” Innovative in design and whimsical in nature, they embody the spirited sense of imagination and curiosity of artists from the past and the present. Ordinary, everyday objects are re-imagined as works of art through mechanical ingenuity—from the profoundness of Blink (2019), to the fanciful Hat Ride (2018), and household objects like the Musical Serving Dish (c1900) and Musical Trivet (c1900) from the Guinness Collection.

Participating Artists

  • Bill Durovchic, Yreka, CA, USA
  • Bradley Litwin, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Cecilia Schiller, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
  • Chris Fitch, Arlington, MA, USA
  • Jim Bond, Mirfield, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
  • Kenneth C. MacBain, Morristown, NJ, USA
  • Kim Nogueira, St. John, Virgin Islands, USA
  • Kirk Lang, Seattle, WA, USA
  • Philip Lowndes, Hinxton Nr Saffron Walden, Essex, United Kingdom
  • Rachelle Weir, Santa Ana, CA
  • Walter Rossi, New York, NY
  • Will Rockwell, West Orange, NJ, USA

Panel of Jurors

  • David McFadden, New York: Chief Curator Emeritus of the Museum of Arts & Design (MAD)
  • Suprina Kenney, New York: Activist-mixed media artist, public art maker, founder member of Queen City 15 fine arts gallery
  • Meryl Taradash, New York: Kinetic sculptor, Public Installations, Professor of Fine Arts/Design


Related Programs 

Meet the Curators
Friday, March 13, 2020

Museum Members: 10:00AM – 11:00AM
Non-Members: 11:00AM – 12:00PM

Join our curators to gain some insights into this newly opened exhibition.  Learn more about our tiny ‘gems’!  FREE with Museum Admission.


Curator’s Tour of Tiny Intricacies
Thursday, April 16, 2020, 6:30PM – 8:00PM  Postponed

The Guinness Collection staff invites all to experience the wonders of these antique and modern treasures.

Museum Members: FREE
Non-Members: $15
Get tickets: 973.971.3706

Behind the Scenes of Tiny Intricacies

Thursday, August 13, 2020, 6:30PM – 8:00PM Postponed

Accompany the Guinness Collection staff into the world of “precious smalls” and present-day mechanical works to catch a glimpse of Tiny Intricacies.

Museum Members: FREE
Non-Members: $15
Get tickets: 973.971.3706


May 21-23, 2021  This event was rescheduled due to COVID-19

The Morris Museum is once again thrilled to host AutomataCon, the third international convention drawing enthusiasts and kinetic artists from around the world.

Visitors to the Museum will have access to all exhibitor tables plus limited presentations, technical workshops and/or panel discussions on Saturday and Sunday.

For complete program details and access to the full conference, pre-register at automatacon.org


Generous support for this exhibition is provided by Will and Mary Leland.


Image Credit Top: Rachelle Weir, Hat Ride, 2018. Wood, found objects.


Mar 13 2020 - Dec 27 2020