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Festive Happenings including a Holiday Concert, Gift Ideas, Iconic Rock N' Roll Photography of Jay Blakesberg, Art Classes, and More
Continental Clock Makers and their Markets
Now on view through March 26, 2023
Explore how clock makers incorporated music into
their works, and households added a wide range of music to their
everyday lives. Musically Timed:
Continental Clock Makers and their Marketstraces the
circulation of mechanical instruments from shop to store, home to
auction, collection to museum. This exhibition features select
musical clocks loaned from private collectors that are augmented
by pieces from the museum’s Guinness Viewable Storage vault.
Leadership support for this exhibition is provided
by Will and Mary Leland.
Join us for a curator-led tour
exploring the 40+ year career of photographer Jay Blakesberg. Led
by Michelle Graves, Assistant Curator, you will have the
opportunity to deep dive into Jay’s rock and roll photographic
journey, which began in 1978 in Suburban New Jersey. RetroBlakesberg
Captured on Film 1978-2008spans four galleries and features 126 images.
Artists featured in the exhibit include the Grateful Dead, Red
Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, David Bowie, Neil Young, Carlos
Santana, and Joni Mitchell.
Generous support for this exhibition is provided
by Chromaluxe, Magna Chrome, Another Planet Entertainment and the
Blavatnik Family Foundation.
Additional support is provided by an anonymous
donor, 11E1even Management Group, Blue Square Wealth, Andrea
Grant and Michael Leffler, Jay’s Grateful Friends, the Lakin
Family, Georgiana and Ira Platt, Alessandra Schwartz, the Bill
Graham Memorial Foundation, Brian Halligan, Andy & Becky
Logan, Jason Rubinoff and Family, Arrival Artists, Blakesberg
& Company CPA’s, David Meerman Scott, Bob Rosner and Julie
Goldman, and Philip and Yael Eliasoph.
A Holiday Jazz Concert
Water Gap Jazz Orchestra: Nutcracker and Grinch
Sunday, December 11 || 3:00 PM
Tickets: $30.00; Members: $25.00
Join us for Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite,
and the new Grinch Suite at the Museum's Bickford Theatre
this December 11. The Water Gap Jazz Orchestra is joined
by vocalist Nancy Reed and Edward Ellington II,
Duke Ellington’s grandson, who will read a short version of the
Nutcracker story between the movements.
The Morris Museum has adopted a dynamic mask
policy for upcoming events in the Bickford Theatre. Face
masks are currently optional in the CENTER and HOUSE RIGHT
sections (indicated in blue) and are required
in the HOUSE LEFT section (indicated in red). Face masks are currently optional for Children’s
Theatre performances. 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, call the box office at 973-971-3706.
Pingry School Choir Holiday Concert
Wednesday, December 14 || 3:15 PM
Free Event, Reduced Admission after the concert
Join us for a festive concert with the Pingry
School Choir and hear holiday classics in their annual
performance at the Morris Museum. This free concert will take
place in the front pavilion. After the concert, visit the
Museum's special exhibitions with a reduced admission price of
Spark!Lab, Where Everyone Is an Inventor
Spark!Lab offers any child (ages 5-12 and
accompanied by an adult), a new informal approach to hands-on
learning. Instead of following step-by-step instructions, young
inventors will be empowered to problem-solve and overcome
real-world obstacles. We offer many unique, project-specific
stations, where young inventors can engage directly with
engineering and design challenges.
Spark!Lab will be closed December 23, 24, 25
(Christmas Day), and January 1 (New Year's Day).
Memorable Gift Ideas in the Museum Shop
Wednesday-Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Looking for a unique gift this holiday season? Look
no further and stop by the Morris Museum shop. We have just
partnered with the Morris County School of Glass and will be
featuring one of a kind, handcrafted ornaments, vases, and more
Federico Solmi: Joie De Vivre
On View through February 26, 2023
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
Image credits (from top to bottom): French Empire Gilt
Ormolu Clock. Clockmaker, François Alibert, Paris, France, first half
19th century. Musical Movement, M. Bordier, Geneva, Switzerland, c.
1810. The Murtogh D. Guinness Collection, Morris Museum.
2003.18.28a-c.; Jay Blakesberg, Paul Kantner, Jefferson
Airplane, October 12, 1997. 30th Anniversary of the Summer of
Love, Beach Chalet, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco,
CA.; Holiday Jazz Illustration by Jean Minthe; Photo courtesy
Pingry School; Holiday gifts and Spark!Lab photo by Morris
Museum; 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).