Future Exhibitions

accessABILITY Exhibition Image#accessABILITY ART EXHIBITION
February 11-14, 2016

Access-ABILITY is the Morris Museum’s pioneering series that showcases fine art created by artists with disabilities. In this exhibition, the Morris Museum is honored to highlight artists from ECLC of NJ and P.R.I.D.E.

Opening Reception
February 18, 6:00 – 8:00PM
Includes light refreshments
FREE

This project is made possible in part by generous support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Sample Work#accessABILITY ART EXHIBITION
February 18 – 21, 2016

#accessABILITY is the Morris Museum’s pioneering series that showcases fine art created by artists with disabilities. In this exhibition, the Morris Museum is honored to highlight artists from Matheny School.

Opening Reception
February 18, 6:00 – 8:00PM
Includes light refreshments
FREE

This project is made possible in part by generous support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


#accessABLITY COFFEE HOUSE
Thursday, February 25, 7:00PM

#accessABILITY is the Morris Museum’s pioneering series that showcases the talents of fine and performing artists with disabilities. In this coffee house event, we are honored to highlight performers from our community representing the Center for Enhancing Abilities, JSDD Wae Center, and New Beginnings. People with or without special needs are invited to come and appreciate the musical, dramatic, and poetic talents of the performers in an informal, inclusive setting.

Donations accepted.

This project is made possible in part by generous support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Carl Burger Groudn ZeroW. CARL BURGER—THE URGE TO PAINT
February 18 – March 27, 2016

This retrospective exhibition showcases the career of beloved New Jersey artist, W. Carl
Burger. Featuring paintings from the 1960’s through today, the show highlights Burger’s interest in landscape and nature, his investigation of architectural forms, and his dramatic recent works on paper.

Related Program

Opening Reception
Thursday, February 18, 6:00PM

FREE. Registration requested. To register, call 973.971.3721.

Image: W. Carl Burger, Ground Zero, 2001. Collection of the Morris Museum.


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GREEN FROM THE GET GO:
INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY BASKETMAKERS
March 19 – June 26, 2016

Green from the Get Go: International Contemporary Basketmakers features more than 40 works by artists who take inspiration from nature and the history of basketry. Since time immemorial artists and craftspeople have been highly attuned to the beauty and resources of the natural world, whether depicting a pristine landscape, untouched by man, or harvesting plants and minerals for pigments and brushes. Sustainability is part of the design and craft process, which requires a heightened sensitivity to materials, one which honors the caring for, replenishing, and repurposing of materials. Some of these sculptural baskets are made from both flora and fauna, from bamboo, pine, sea grass, and willow to emu feathers and porcupine needles. The tactile nature of these fiberous works stimulates our all of our senses, sight, smell, touch, and even sound. Each maker brings their own conceptual approach and expression to their design and fabrication process. Some works are small enough to nestle in the hand or rest table-top, while others are monumental or hang on the wall. Green from the Get Go stretches our imagination in terms of what materials and forms constitute a basket and how art bespeaks the interconnected relationship of man with nature.

Related Program

Opening Reception
Thursday, March 31, 6:30PM


John F CooperORGANIC PORTRAITS: JOHN F. COOPER
March 19 – June 26, 2016

In conjunction with Green from the Get Go, the Morris Museum will display New Jersey photographer John Cooper’s Organic Portraits series. “From the beginning,” Cooper explains, “the intent of the Organic Portraits project was to create a series of timeless and fundamentally beautiful images that would create awareness for—and help preserve—the world’s rainforests. In the 1950s, around the time I was born, about 15 percent of Earth’s landmass was covered with (oxygen-generating and carbon-dioxide storing) rainforests. As of the time of this book’s publication, fewer than 70 percent of those forests remain. Luckily the current rate of deforestation has slowed dramatically but that doesn’t mean our destructive activities will be curtailed; more of these crucial ecosystems could disappear by the close of this decade. It is my belief they benefit the world more by being present rather than existing only in photographs, videos and the annals of history. The aim of this project is to drive home the understanding that our rainforests— the lungs of our Earth— are both vital and in dire need of protection.”


PLANET OCEAN: DIVE INTO SAND & SHELLS, CORAL & CURRENTS
March 27 – August 28, 2016

Dive-in and discover the world’s largest habitat. From sand to seashells, coral to currents, waves to beaches, this interactive exhibition will delve into the science of the ocean. See the Museum’s collection of over 2000 sand samples, come face to face with local marine birds or read an ocean tale in our ocean book nook. Special attention will be given to the unique New Jersey Shore environment.


FRESH PERSPECTIVES 2016
April 7 – June 5, 2016

The 27th annual Fresh Perspectives juried exhibition provides artistically accomplished New Jersey high school students a professionally organized museum exhibition and recognizes art teachers for nurturing these talented student artists.