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Making Waves with Newly Opened Installations, Stunning Outdoor Concerts, Summer Family Programming, and much more!
Mineralogical Society's Gem, Mineral, & Fossil
Saturday, August 6, 2022
For all ages
Bringing an array of outstanding minerals, fossils
and jewelry for sale by local dealers, this popular event,
sponsored by the Morris Museum Mineralogical Society, returns to
the Museum on August 6. Also, earth science books and overstock
from the museum’s collections will be on sale.
Admission to the show, as well as the Museum
galleries, will only be $7.00 per person!
For the Culture, By the Culture: 30 Years of
Black Art, Activism, and Achievement
Tuesday, August 2, 11:30 AM
Gain insight into a 30-year legacy dedicated to the
celebration of Black art and artistry. The ATA collective,
alongside Michelle Graves, Assistant Curator, will lead Members
through two special exhibitions: For the Culture, By the
Culture, a group-retrospective that includes 41 works by 19
ATA-featured artists and a walk down memory lane of Art
in the Atrium, A 30 Year Legacy, a retrospective poster
exhibition highlighting the evolution and pivotal moments in the
Generous support for this exhibition is provided by
M&T Bank. Additional support is provided by Novartis.
Making Waves! Ocean Worlds in Art Glass
Newly open and on view through October 16
Don’t miss these timeless examples of ocean worlds
captured in elusive medium of glass. Four featured master
craftsmen made waves in the field with novel techniques and methods.
In the example above, Murano glass Maestro (Master) Elio Raffaeli
revived the traditional aquarium form with a modern twist,
working in collaboration with Venetian glass flame artist
Vittorio Costantini to produce the dynamic aquatic environment in The
August's Back Deck line up saves some of the best
performers for last. We have a returning favorite: NJ native Evan
Sherman with his big band 16-piece ensemble of jazz veterans. New
performers include Danny Jonokuchi and his “smile-inducing” (DownBeat) swing,
the debut of rising stars from Balourdet Quartet, and Alea whose
buttery vocals, holistic guitar conversations, and riveting sax
solos evoke a “tropical wave” (Cultura Colectiva).
Our third year of music on the Back Deck brings past
favorites and new exciting artists- all yours to enjoy from the
comfort of your own block! Tickets are $50 per 8X8 block and
includes two patrons. Don’t forget, BYOB and BYO chairs and
picnics with live music under the sunset!
In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be
held inside the Bickford Theatre. All patrons will have to wear
face masks while inside the Bickford Theatre. An indoor picnic
area will be provided if the concert is moved inside.
Last Chance to See:
Cache of Kinetic Art: Timeless Movements
Exhibition On View through August 28, 2022
Exploring broad themes of the human experience and
how time manifests in nature through 35 works of kinetic art, Timeless Movements features
over 26 national and international artists. Many of the works are
rigged to be interactive within the gallery, it is an excellent
experiential exhibition. See this popular show before it
Timeless Movements is made possible by
leadership support from Will and Mary Leland.
Spark!Lab Passport Challenge
Extended through September 30
By popular demand, we have extended the challenge
through September 30! Is your young inventor up for the passport
challenge? This summer, young inventors will be issued a free
Spark!Lab passport during their summer visits to the lab. With
each visit they will acquire a stamp and with six stamps they
will complete the challenge and earn an exclusive prize.
The first ten inventors who complete this challenge
will receive the You Topia moving diorama makers' kit! Other
prizes include a Spark!Lab journal and more! Completed passports
will be displayed in the Spark!Lab. Prizes will be awarded, while
credits (from top to bottom): The Reef, n.d. (detail). Elio Raffaeli (Italian, born 1936)
and Vittorio Costantini (Italian, born 1944). Glass. Gift of Sonia
Turnquist. Collection of the Morris Museum, 2015.9; Alea, courtesy of
the artist;Bradley N. Litwin, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Large
Tetra-Cycling, 2021, Metals, wood, plastics, electrical, 60” H x
54” W x 50” D;Gem photo by the Museum;Bisa Butler, Basquiat,
2015, Mixed media; Elizabeth Catlett (1915–2012), Seated Mother
and Child, 2011, Bronze; David Driskell (1931–2020), Woman in
Interior, 2008, Silkscreen, Photographs by Elizabeth Catlett
& the Morris Museum; Education program images by the Museum; Golf
design by the Morris Museum.