Current Exhibitions


Shawn-WolfPortrait of an Athlete: Special Olympics of New Jersey & U.S. Paralympics
Through November 16, 2014

The Special Olympics USA Games will be hosted by New Jersey June 14-21, 2014. Nearly 3,500 athletes will compete in 16 Olympic-style team and individual sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers and 70,000 family, friends and spectators.  In celebration of the accomplishments of the New Jersey Special Olympics athletes, the Morris Museum is proud to present this exhibition of portraits by photographer Pete Byron, who has travelled all over the state to capture the athletes during practice, competition, or just being themselves. 

nj humanitiesNEW Safilo Group (2)Support for Portrait of an Athlete provided by Safilo and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Safilo, the exclusive global eye wear supplier to the Special Olympics- Lions Club International Opening Eyes® vision care program since 2003.

Image: Shawn Woolf. Image courtesy of Pete Byron.

Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America2007 walk-off home run celebration at home plate
Through November 16, 2014

Sports are everywhere in America and nowhere do Americans more intimately connect to sports than in their hometowns. To celebrate this connection, the Morris Museum is presenting
Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America. This exhibition will showcase sports, individuals and artifacts that have been an indelible part of every community.

Related Programs (see links for tickets and additional information):

The Forgotten History of African American Baseball, Date TBD
Presidential Golf, Wednesday, November 5, 2:00pm

Your Kid and Sports, November 13, 7:00pm

Black H with text - large - blueMoMSHometown Teams has been made possible at the Morris Museum by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Hometown Teams is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

Image: Brenda Read, Hometown Glory, Photography, 2009.

Pulp Culture: Paper is the Medium
Through December 7, 2014erik demain and martin demain,  Ocean Coral 2013, Mi-Teintes watercolor paper, 12 × 14 × 16

This thought provoking exhibition features compelling works of art by contemporary artists who have stretched the boundaries of paper as a creative medium and source of inspiration. Featuring more than 80 works, the exhibit includes some surprising objects made from paper ranging from life-size sculptures of human figures and whimsical figures to geometrically complex folded objects to jewelry and paper dresses. The exhibition will feature the work of papermakers, sculptors and engineers, whose methods and materials include handmade paper pulp, folded paper, molded paper, recycled paper, and cut paper.

Related Programs (see links for tickets and additional information):

Create a paper collage, November 8

Patterson Papers LogoMohawk LogoPulp Culture was made possible at the Morris Museum by Paterson Papers and Mohawk.

Image: Erik Demaine and Martin Demain, Ocean Coral, 2013, Mi-tientes watercolor paper, 12″ x 14″ x 16″. Image courtesy of the artists.

Dog ShowThe Dog Show: The Art of Our Canine Companions
Through December 14, 2014

Celebrating dogs in art from the nineteenth century to the present with a focus on British and American artists, this exhibition examines works of art in which the dog takes center
stage: demonstrating the performance of hounds and sporting dogs working in the field; showcasing specific characteristics of a breed as depicted in pure-bred portraits; and highlighting pet portraits that portray the dog in its domestic environment. The exhibition features original oil paintings, works on paper, bronze sculptures, decorative art, trophies, and canine accessories. More than 100 works will be on view that capture the talent and diversity of canine artists, and also showcase the many breeds that are recognized in America and England, ranging from sporting hounds to pampered pooches. William Secord, a recognized expert on dog painting, has served as an advisor for the show. For further information, please visit

Read all about The Dog Show in the Star-Ledger and the Daily Record.

Image: Thomas Earl, detail of A Close Call,  Oil on canvas, courtesy of the William Secord Gallery, New York.

Related Programs (see links for tickets and additional information):

Make a Puppy Puppet, November 6
Dog Expo, November 8

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Masquerade: Masks from the Morris Museum CollectionRaven Mask
Through February 16, 2015

Masks can be amusing, arresting, and awe-inspiring. Featuring more than 40 dynamic works from Asia, Africa and the Americas, this exhibition examines how a variety of cultures have used masks to serve many purposes from entertainment to deception to protection.

Image: Harold King, Raven Mask, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Bickford.

al green pottery websitePottery 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.