Wet & Wild: Contemporary Art Quilts from the Collection of John M. Walsh III
Through December 8, 2013
Featuring more than 25 spectacular quilts drawn from one of the country’s preeminent private collections, this exhibition showcases art quilts that are inspired by the common theme of water. The quilts featured in the exhibit combine innovative methods of construction with nontraditional materials and techniques. Some works, like Lenore Davis’ Florida Surf, Karen Perrine’s Forest Flowing, Catherine McConnell’s Vermont Swimmers, and Wendy Huhn’s Acid Rain, seemed tailor made for the collection, but Walsh also has commissioned several artists to make art quilts with water as their theme.
Ellen Anne Eddy, Arctic Dreams, 1992. Collection of John M. Walsh III
When Sandy Hit: The Storm that Forever Changed New Jersey
Through January 20, 2014
October 29, 2012 was a catastrophic day in the lives of all New Jerseyans. Sandy came with a fury rarely seen and left unimaginable heartbreak and devastation in her wake. In conjunction with the book “When Sandy Hit: The Storm that Forever Changed New Jersey,” the Morris Museum and the Star-Ledger will present the work of Star-Ledger photographers who fought through floods, power outages, and their own personal losses to document the incredible impact Sandy had on New Jersey. This exhibition portrays a state broken by Mother Nature’s awesome fury and the story of a state determined to rise again. As we approach the One Year Anniversary of this super storm, these photographs will document the survival, resilience, and rebuilding of New Jersey.
Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-Ledger. The sun rises behind the Jet Star roller coaster as it sits in the ocean at the end of the badly damaged Casino Pier. Seaside Heights 5/13/13.
The Brick Art of Nathan Sawaya
Through March 9, 2014
Calling all LEGO® lovers! The incredible LEGO sculptures created by Nathan Sawaya are returning to the Morris Museum for a new exhibition! Nathan Sawaya is a New York based artist who creates awe-inspiring works out of some of the most unlikely things. This exhibition features large-scale sculptures using only toy building blocks. LEGO bricks to be exact! Sawaya’s ability to transform this common toy into something meaningful, his devotion to spatial perfection and the way he conceptualizes action, enables him to elevate what almost every child has played with into the status of contemporary art. Sawaya’s captivating sculptures range from whimsical to complex and present a new perspective on creativity. Kids of all ages are sure to be delighted with this grand display of more than 30 original works of art.
Nathan Sawaya, Yellow, Image courtesy of brickartist.com
Brick Bridge, Saturday, December 7 (see link for registration and pricing information)
Windmills and Wind Power, Saturday, January 11 (see link for registration and pricing information)
Build Historic Morristown, Saturday, January 25 (see link for registration and pricing information)
Build a Catapult, Saturday, January 28 (see link for registration and pricing information)
Piece by Piece Mosaic, Saturday, February 22 (see link for registration and pricing information)
Beards: The Long and Short of it
Through March 30, 2014
From goatees, sideburns, and moustaches, to the growing popularity of Annual Beard competitions, this exhibition will explore men’s facial hair trends in America. While the beard is timeless, certain patterns recall historical figures, eras, and past trends. Step back in time to explore the cultural meanings associated with different facial hair trends that were popular throughout the decades. Featuring artwork and artifacts, this exhibition is sure to “grow” your appreciation for facial hair.
Matt Rainwaters, $teven Ra$pa, 2009
A Night of Bourbon and Beards, Thursday, February 27 at 6:30pm
Nano: The Science of the Super Small
Through July 13, 2014
Nano is an interactive exhibition that engages family audiences in nano-scale science, engineering, and technology. Hands-on stations present the basics of nanoscience and engineering, introduce some real world applications, and explore the societal implications of this new technology. Nano was created by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Network) with support from the National Science Foundation.
Pottery by Albert Green
For more than fifty years until his death in 1994, Albert Green produced works of genius that continue to influence the ceramic world today. Through years of experimentation and study, Albert was able to teach himself the intricacies of clay and glazes. Simple utilitarian forms – the bowl, the bottle, the plate – became Albert’s canvases, allowing him to concentrate on the interplay of color and design which graces the surface of every piece.
Albert Green Pottery