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Holiday Concerts, Video Painting, Street Art, and Spark!Lab Extended Hours for the Family, and More
A Note from Dr. Cleveland
Morris Museum President
As winter temperatures
have finally arrived, reality strikes home that my service at the
Morris Museum will soon end. I’ve been honored to help this
108-year-old institution examine itself on a path toward renewed
meaning and relevance, surviving these difficult pandemic years
while reaching confidently for the future.
recentering of our mission around “art, sound, and motion,”
inspired by the potential of our historic Guinness Collection to
speak in creative ways to our contemporary, technology-driven,
induction into the Smithsonian Affiliate network, as New Jersey’s
only Affiliate, allowing us to funnel Smithsonian programming to
installation of New Jersey’s first—and America’s
tenth—Smithsonian Spark!Lab, reaffirming our century-old
commitment to elementary-age children and their parents
daring introduction of graffiti and street art into a hallowed,
museum space, with the country’s first exhibition of works
painted directly on gallery walls (Aerosol, 2019)
the performing arts into the unique fabric of our institution,
encouraging the cross-pollination of live performance in Bickford
Theatre with the exhibition life of our museum galleries.
As you witnessed with our
pivot to outdoor concerts on our Back Deck during the pandemic,
and with our delightful, virtual gala last spring, the Morris
Museum has the renewed vigor, energy, and creativity to tackle
whatever challenges lie ahead. Trusting that your support will
continue well after my departure—and knowing the strength of our
talented staff and committed Board—I leave the Morris Museum in
the very best of hands. I thank you, one and all, for your past
and continued support.
Empire Wild Holiday
Sunday, December 12,
2021, 2 PM
audiences away with their Morris Museum debut on The Back Deck
this past June, now they return inside the Bickford Theatre for a
holiday concert that puts a fresh twist on seasonal favorites.
This holiday season,
everyone can be an inventor (ages 5-12 years old). With two new
stations, STEAM learning, and extended holiday hours, there is
plenty of reason to visit in December! Holiday week hours are 11
am-4:30 pm on Monday, December 27- Sunday, January, 2 (Spark!Lab
is closed on Saturday, January 1, 2022).
Note: Spark!Lab will be
closed December 24 and 25. It will be open Sunday, December 26
from 12-4 pm.
Spark!Lab at the Morris
Museum is made possible by leadership support from
BASF. Generous support is also made possible by Gay H.
Osborn on behalf of the Blanche and George Jones Fund, Inc.
Member First Tuesday
Events for Dec. 7
On the first Tuesday of
each month, the Museum is open just for Members between
Member Tour of Stowed
Away: A Traveling Philographist and His Arctic Ukeat 12 pm
We invite you to take a
closer look at Stowed Away: A Traveling Philographist and His
Arctic Uke! Members will tour the exhibition and meet
Morris Museum's Curatorial Assistant, Michelle Graves.
Body Double features
the work of identical twin Iranian artists Bahareh and Farzaneh
Safarani whose creative practice exists at the intersection
of visual art, new media art, and performance. The
exhibition highlights their studio work, charting a path from
their signature “video-paintings”—video overlays of choreographed
movement projected onto figurative oil-on-canvas paintings—to new
pieces that reflect the fluidity of their outlook.
Khadjavi Projects is a supporting
partner of this exhibition.Exhibition
support is also provided by Nazgol and Kambiz Shahbazi, Adelson
Galleries, Laya Khadjavi and Hamid Biglari, Mohammad
Ladjevardian, Lili Forouraghi, and Titan Engineers.
Technology in this
exhibition is provided by Epson.
Image credits (from top to bottom): Dr.
Cleveland Johnson, photo courtesy of William Hauser; Empire Wild
concert; Young inventors in Spark!Lab, photo courtesy of William
Hauser; Photo by John Sterling Ruth Courtesy of C.F. Martin & Co.
Archives; Safarani Sisters, Umbilical Cord (2021),
oil on canvas and video projection, 50 x 150 inches, photo courtesy
of the artists.