Sunday, June 16, 2024

NOW OPEN @ THE MORRIS MUSEUM: "Maureen Chatfield: Journey and Destination"



Maureen Chatfield

Journey and Destination

On view from Friday, June 14


This exhibition features New Jersey painter Maureen Chatfield’s investigation of travel experiences throughout her life, juxtaposed with abstract paintings inspired by specific destinations. Chatfield’s large-scale narratives and colorful landscapes present universal themes of past and present, combined with humor and light-hearted reflections on relationships and the human experience.


Chatfield studied at the Art Students League, New York, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, the Fashion Institute of Technology and Hunter College, New York. Maureen Chatfield: Journey and Destination draws from her expansive oeuvre of oil-on-canvas works blending New York Abstract Expressionism and Bay Area Figurative painting.


Chatfield is represented by Cavalier Galleries and George Bilis Gallery. She currently teaches landscape painting at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, New Jersey.


Museum Admission


General Admission: $12

Seniors, Students, Children 3-17: $8

Children 2 and under: Free



Art on View


Set in Motion

Kinetic Worlds from the Studio of Richard Whitten

Through September 1

This exhibition brings a collection of 59 paintings, sculptures, and drawings that explore Whitten’s body of work. Set in Motion includes four recent works by Whitten and follows his process from ideation to completion – beginning with drawings, then to painting studies, and on to large-scale works.

Leadership support for this exhibition is provided by Will and Mary Leland. Additional support is provided by M&T Bank Charitable Foundation.


In Focus

Samantha Modder

Through September 20

In her recent work Wearer of All Socks, artist Samantha Modder creates space – embracing both real and imagined worlds – in which reside larger-than-life Black, female characters.


Mystery Clocks and Magic Automata from the Collection of Richard Garriott

Through September 22

An astonishing display of five mid-nineteenth century “Mystery Clocks,” or Pendule Mystérieuse, were manufactured in Paris by magician and watchmaker Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin (1805–1871) and first debuted at the 1839 Exhibition of French Industry.

Leadership support for this exhibition is provided by Will and Mary Leland.


Like Clockwork!

Guinness Collection Conservation at the Morris Museum

Through September 22

How do we keep hundreds of mechanical objects running like clockwork for twenty years? This exhibition takes you behind the scenes at the Morris Museum.

Leadership support for this exhibition is provided by Will and Mary Leland.



The Morris Museum gratefully acknowledges generous operating support from:



Image credits from top: Maureen Chatfield, Family Outing, 1999. Oil on canvas. 48 x 48 inches. On loan courtesy of the artist. Image used with permission. Richard Whitten, Tellurian, 2021, oil on wood panel, 46 x 30 inches. On loan from the collection of Roger and Sara Preston. Photography by David DeMelim is courtesy of the artist. Samantha Modder, Wearer of All Socks, 2024 (detail). Original work 2022. Digitally manipulated ballpoint pen print on adhesive paper. 125 x 120 inches. On loan from the collection of Samantha Modder. Image used with permission. Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin (1805–1871), Mystery Clock (2nd series), c. 1838. Paris, France. On loan from the collection of Richard Garriott. Dug North, Machini the Marvel, 2005. Automaton. On loan from the collection of Richard Garriott. Detail of Monkey Diner at Table automaton, 1880. Jean Marie Phalibois (1835–1900), Paris, France. Murtogh D. Guinness Collection, 2003.18.707a-b. Morris Museum workbench studio, Jere Ryder, Guinness Collection Conservator. Photography Jean Minthe for the Morris Museum.



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