Thursday, September 1, 2022

Upcoming Exhibition with VR and Digital Technology, a Smithsonian Film Screening, Spark!Lab and new Fall Art Classes!




New Exhibition: Federico Solmi: Joie De Vivre

On View Beginning September 16, 2022

This is the first exhibition to explore Federico Solmi's unique process—which combines traditional art practices and digital technologies—through a case study of his most ambitious video-painting to date, The Bathhouse (2020). This monumental, 20-foot-wide, five-channel, multi-sensory video installation depicts an excess of revelry by Leaders from across world history in the setting of a Roman bathhouse. 

Along with new works, there will be an interactive Virtual-Reality (VR) installation, The Bacchanalian Ones (2020), composed of three VR headsets with accompanying 3D-printed character masks. The visitor is invited to enter the world of The Bathhouse as one of three characters wearing a VR headset. Manipulating hand-held controllers allows them to embody the chosen perspective through the eyes of one of these historical avatars.

Federico Solmi: Joie De Vivre is made possible through the generous support of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation.

Additional general operating support for the exhibition is provided by Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.



We are pleased to acknowledge the Ronald Feldman Gallery where the Morris Museum first discovered the work of Federico Solmi.



Live Arts

Kaki King: Modern Yesterdays 

Friday, September 30, at 8:00 PM

Tickets: $30.00; Members: $25.00

“a sumptuous feast for the senses, a dizzying display of sound and vision” —The Boston Globe

Considered one of the most unique and influential guitarists of our time, Kaki King continues to deconstruct and redefine the role of solo instrumental artist though virtuoso technique, insatiable imagination, and boundless humanity. Her now-signature multi-media performance, both provocative and moving, uses projection mapping to present the guitar as a tool that can shape both music and video content, all triggered (and often improvised live) via her Ovation Adamas Signature 6-String Acoustic guitar, customized specifically for her multimedia performance. Art, Sound, and Motion will be on full display in this stunning display of music and video.



Face masks are required for all patrons while inside the Bickford Theatre. This policy is subject to change at any time. Please check back on our website or call the box office for our current policy before your scheduled performance date. For assistance and to make purchases by phone, call the box office at 973-971-3706.



Spark!Lab New Station: 

Musicon: Musical Coding and Composition

Taking the Spark!Lab's mission to heart, the Spark!Lab ambassador team have created a new station Musicon: Musical Coding and Composition. In this station, visitors will create music using a code in a similar fashion to the amazing mechanical musical instruments in the Guinness Collection. Bring your young inventor and experience the spark of invention where learning and play come together. Also, take advantage of the Spark!Lab challenge, there are plenty of prizes left!

Note that the Spark!Lab will be closed for refurbishment on September 7-13, 2022.

Spark!Lab at the Morris Museum is made possible by leadership support from BASF Science Education in North America. Generous support is also made possible by Gay H. Osborn on behalf of the Blanche and George Jones Fund, Inc.




Member First Tuesday

Tuesday, September 6, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Members get exclusive access to the Museum's special exhibitions and permanent collection. On the next Member First Tuesday, see the popular For the Culture, By the Culture exhibition, a group-retrospective that includes 41 works by 19 Art in the Atrium featured artists. This exhibition closes on September 25, 2022.

Generous support for the exhibition is provided by M&T Bank. Additional support is provided by Novartis.




Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Free Museum Admission with digital pass

We are thrilled to participate in Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day on Saturday, September 17, 2022. Museum visitors will receive free admission for the day. Enjoy our special exhibitions and the Museum’s expansive permanent collection. Make sure to see the just opened exhibition, Federico Solmi: Joie De Vivre, that features a Virtual-Reality (VR) installation, new work, and a monumental, 20-foot-wide, five-channel, multi-sensory video installation.




The Color of Care Film Screening

Sunday, September 18, 2022, at 2:00 PM

Free with Museum admission

The Color of Care chronicles how people of color suffer from systemically substandard healthcare. COVID-19 exposed what they have long understood and lived: they do not receive the same level of care. Produced by Ms. Winfrey’s Harpo Productions and directed by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning director Yance Ford, the film traces the origins of racial health disparities to practices that began during slavery and continue today. Using moving personal testimony, expert interviews, and disturbing data the film reveals the impact of racism on health, serving as an urgent warning of what must be done to save lives.



New Studio Art Classes

Registration is now open!

Learn new techniques or brush up on your skills in pastel drawing, acrylic painting or explore the beautiful world of botanical art using watercolor pencils and observational drawing! 

Registration is now open for the fall season of adult Studio Art classes. With a variety of class offerings and a community prepared to foster creative growth, everyone has the capacity to explore their interests in a variety of mediums at any skill level.  




34th Annual Golf Outing 2022

Become a Sponsor Today!

Monday, October 3, 2022

Do you enjoy a good game on the green and supporting a cultural institution? Sign up for fall’s Morris Museum Golf Outing at the Spring Brook Country Club.



Image credits (from top to bottom): Federico Solmi, Joie De Vivre (IX), Oprah Winfrey and Warren Buffett, 2021, Soft pastels, white pen and ink, gouache on wood panel, 60 x 36 x 1 in. (152.5 x 91.5 x 2.5 cm); Kaki King image by Attilio Rigotti & Kaki King; Image of Spark!Lab by the Morris 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; Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day and Color of Care images courtesy of the Smithsonian; Education program images by the Museum; Golf design by the Morris Museum.


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