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Welcoming a New Year! Bringing You New Art, Films, Classes, and More!
Contemporary 21st-century Automata
Currently on view in the Guinness Gallery
See two recently
acquired works by artist Walter Rossi
that exemplify the creative energy and vitality of kinetic art
including his work The Buddha.The
Morris Museum acquired several key works from A Cache of Kinetic
Art, a four-part juried exhibition series hosted by the museum
from 2018 to 2022. Established and emerging artists offered
contemporary interpretations of 19th-century mechanical music,
automata, and the art of timekeeping.
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.
Art on Screen
Behind the Strings
Wednesday, January 11, 2023 | 2 PM & 7:30 PM
Filmmaker Michael Peroff will introduce this film
and participate in a Q&A after each screening.
When Mao’s Cultural Revolution ended, China’s door
cracked open. Four young, classical musicians seized the
opportunity to flee to the West as classical music was banned. This
film explores how the Shanghai Quartet began a lifetime adventure—studying with great masters, attending Juilliard, participating in
atMontclair State, and performing at major music
festivals and best classical music venues like Carnegie Hall,
Lincoln Center and The Kennedy Center. This film showcases
their lives, how they got to the top and the price they pay.
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.
Studio Art—Registration is Now Open!
A more creative and artistic you for the New Year. There
is still time to join one of these engaging art activities.
Hands-on classes for every skill level inspire adults to take risks
and bring their ideas to life in various mediums. Receive a
discount on Studio Art classes when you become a Member!
In January, young inventors can test their skills as
they devise a vehicle creation and other challenges.
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 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
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): Walter Rossi (b.
Italy 1951), The Buddha, 2016. Collection of the Morris Museum,
2019.1.2. Gift of the artist. Exhibited at A Cache of Kinetic Art:
Simply Steampunk, 2018;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.; Art on Screen image courtesy of the Shanghai
String Quartet; Studio art image by Morris Museum; Spark!Lab image by
William Hauser; Gala artwork by Morris Museum; and 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).