History of the Morris Gallery

The Morris Gallery program, inaugurated in 1978 to present the work of living artists in the Philadelphia region, expanded during its over 30-year run to show work by some of the most influential artists of the time, both inside and outside of Philadelphia. Some well-known examples include Robert Ryman, Vik Muniz, Nan Goldin, Laylah Ali, and Virgil Marti, among many others. The program continues today as a showcase for a diverse array of emerging and mid-career artists from the Philadelphia region and beyond that reflects art-making today. 

 


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Martha Mayer Erlebacher: Drawings and Paintings July 13, 1978 September 3, 1978  
John Dowell: Recent Paintings March 16, 1978 April 30, 1978  
Phil Simpkin: A Project Format "...to a Fault" May 18, 1978 June 25, 1978  
Richard Cranmer: Paintings and Drawings November 16, 1978 December 31, 1978  
Harold Jacobs: Recent Work September 20, 1978 November 5, 1978  
The David J. Grossman Bequest: Horace Pippin and Franklin Watkins January 10, 1979 February 25, 1979  
Summer at the Morris Gallery: Maurie Kerrigan, Sid Sachs, John Ferris, William Walton, Bruce Pollock June 30, 1979 August 26, 1979  
Arlene Love: Sculpture March 8, 1979 April 22, 1979  
Hitoshi Nakazato: Recent Paintings May 3, 1979 June 17, 1979  
Isaiah Zagar November 10, 1979 December 30, 1979  
Cynthia Carlson: Homage to the Academy Building September 14, 1979 October 29, 1979  
Summer at the Morris Gallery: Richard Bottwin, Wade Saunders, Millard Warren July 10, 1980 August 24, 1980  
Ray K. Metzker: Sand Creatures January 17, 1980 March 2, 1980  
Robert Younger: Sexually Contagious Relationships March 14, 1980 April 27, 1980  
Barbara Zucker: Animated Chairs May 9, 1980 June 29, 1980  
Jody Pinto: Split Tongue November 7, 1980 December 28, 1980  
Diane Burko: Drawings September 10, 1980 October 26, 1980  
Mark Cohen: Recent Photographs January 9, 1981 February 22, 1981  
Dotty Attie: J. and Armond Tour the World July 10, 1981 August 23, 1981  
Bilgé Friedlaender: Unique Books, Pastels, and Small Sculptures March 6, 1981 April 19, 1981  
Annson Kenney: Variations on Three Bauhaus Bends May 8, 1981 June 21, 1981  
Gerald Nichols: "The Fox Hunt," Structures Based on Winslow Homer's Painting October 30, 1981 December 13, 1981  
David Kettner: Paintings and Drawings, a Bach Transcription, and Other Illuminations September 4, 1981 October 18, 1981  
George Krause: A Retrospective, 1960–1982 January 8, 1982 February 21, 1982  
Jonas dos Santos: Americas, To Whom It May Concern, an Installation July 2, 1982 August 29, 1982  
Warren Rohrer: Passage, An Exhibition of Paintings March 5, 1982 April 18, 1982  
Lois Lane: Recent Work May 7, 1982 June 27, 1982  
Ed Kerns: "Evidence of Activity," Recent Paintings September 10, 1982 October 17, 1982  
Lynn Denton: Sophia's House—An Installation January 14, 1983 February 28, 1983  
Ken Vavrek: Recent Wall Sculpture July 8, 1983 August 21, 1983  
Peter Paone: Paintings March 11, 1983 April 24, 1983  
Michael Berkowitz: "The Ancestors," an Installation-Performance May 6, 1983 June 26, 1983  
Emily Brown: Landscape Paintings October 29, 1982 January 2, 1983  
Antony Visco: "Via Dolorosa," the Commissions for Old St. Joseph's and Related Works September 15, 1983 October 23, 1983  
Contemporary Philadelphia Photographers March 9, 1984 April 22, 1984  
Tom Judd: Hymn for a Landscape January 20, 1984 February 29, 1984  
Woofy Bubbles (Christopher Hodge): The Woo, (A Compendium of Form) June 29, 1984 August 19, 1984  
Anthony Gorny: "Sympathy of All Things" May 4, 1984 June 17, 1984  
Marcy Hermansader: Drawings November 4, 1983 January 1, 1984  
Lizbeth Stewart: Recent Work November 9, 1984 December 30, 1984  
Brian Meunier: Anxious Toys—Recent Work September 14, 1984 October 28, 1984  
Stanley Whitney: Paintings and Drawings January 11, 1985 February 24, 1985  
Nancy Hellebrand: Nudes and Portraits June 28, 1985 August 25, 1985  
Bill Freeland: Excavation—An Irish Suite March 8, 1985 April 21, 1985  
Dean Dass: Unique Works on Paper May 3, 1985 June 23, 1985  
Tom Butter: Sculpture November 1, 1985 December 29, 1985  
Bill Richards: Abstract Paintings September 6, 1985 October 20, 1985  
Adela Akers: Recent Works January 10, 1986 February 23, 1986  
Joyce Filip: Natural Phenomena and Atmospheric Effects July 17, 1986 August 24, 1986  
Judith Shea: New Sculptures March 7, 1986 April 20, 1986  
David Hannah: Paintings and Drawings May 2, 1986 July 13, 1986  
Phoebe Toland: Recent Works November 14, 1986 December 31, 1986  
Harriet Feigenbaum: Reclamation Art September 12, 1986 November 2, 1986  
Herbert George, Nona Hershey, and Evan Summer May 8, 1987 June 21, 1987  
A Telling Impulse: A Group Show of Artists Concerned With Narrative January 9, 1987 March 1, 1987  
Judith Joy Ross: Photographic Portraits of the United States Congress July 2, 1987 August 30, 1987  
Stephen Talasnik, Mythology: Recent Drawings March 13, 1987 April 26, 1987  
Helene Brandt: Sculpture and Drawings September 11, 1987 October 18, 1987  
Hubert Taylor: New Work January 14, 1988 February 28, 1988  
Eugene Baguskas: Idyllic Places June 30, 1988 August 28, 1988  
Barbara Schwartz: Dispersions March 10, 1988 April 24, 1988  
Robinson Fredenthal: Big Plus May 5, 1988 June 19, 1988  
Joe Stefanelli: Paintings, The Fifties to the Present October 27, 1988 January 1, 1988  
Martha Zelt: Recent Work October 30, 1987 January 3, 1988  
Robert Bingham: Urban Survival Equipment September 8, 1988 October 16, 1988  
Ken Hassel and Stuart Rome: Recent Photographs January 12, 1989 February 26, 1989  
Recent Acquisitions: Works by Women in the Pennsylvania Academy's Collection November 17, 1989 December 31, 1989  
Elizabeth T. Scott and Joyce J. Scott: Family Traditions September 8, 1989 November 5, 1989  
Frank Hyder: Pleurants June 30, 1989 August 27, 1989  
Michael Harnett: New Paintings March 10, 1989 April 23, 1989  
Maurie Kerrigan: Walkin' Part II–Rhythms of Life May 5, 1989 June 18, 1989  
Susan Lowry and Sarah McEneaney: Recent Work June 29, 1990 August 26, 1990  
Susan Fenton and Bruce Katsiff: Recent Works May 14, 1990 June 17, 1990  
Raymond Saunders: Paintings February 28, 1990 April 22, 1990  
Bill Walton: Six or Seven Places in One Place January 12, 1990 February 25, 1990  
Susan Moore: Works on Paper November 2, 1990 December 30, 1990  
Bruce Pollock: Thresholds—Recent Paintings September 7, 1990 October 21, 1990  
S. A. Bachman, David Graham, Diane Neumaier: Photographs June 14, 1991 August 11, 1991  
Philadelphia Furniture August 23, 1991 October 20, 1991  
Twentieth-Century Paintings from the Permanent Collection March 22, 1991 May 26, 1991  
Philip Govedare: Recent Paintings January 18, 1991 March 17, 1991  
Judy Pfaff: An Installation June 28, 1991 August 11, 1991  
G. Daniel Massad: To Begin Inwardly—Recent Work November 1, 1991 December 29, 1991  
Clarence Morgan: Sign as Metaphor—Recent Work January 10, 1992 February 23, 1992  
Michael Glier: Green Drawings July 11, 1992 September 27, 1992  
Toshiko Takaezu: Recent Work March 6, 1992 April 26, 1992  
Pepon Osorio: El Velorio (The Wake)—AIDS in the Latino Community October 9, 1992 December 6, 1992  
Alida Fish and Edith Neff: Recent Work April 8, 1993 May 30, 1993  
Anne Minich and Shirley Moskowitz: Recent Work February 12, 1993 March 28m 1993  
Lanny Bergner and Frank Galuszka: Recent Work June 11, 1993 August 29, 1993  
Howard Brunner and Ron Klein: Recent Work September 10, 1993 October 24, 1993  
Louise Fishman: Paintings, 1986–1992 December 15, 1992 January 31, 1993  
Nannette Clark and Scott Rothstein: Recent Work February 4, 1994 April 24, 1994  
Chance Encounters: A Morris Gallery Group Exhibition June 22, 1994 October 1, 1994  
Jill Bonovitz and Bhakti Ziek: Recent Work November 2, 1993 January 23, 1994  
Nature Morte: Contemporary Still Life February 10, 1996 April 14, 1996  
Mark McCullen January 25, 1997 April 13, 1997  
Sarah McCoubrey October 12, 1996 January 12, 1997  
Kate Moran: Vitreous Humors January 10, 1998 April 26, 1998  
Darwin Nix June 13, 1998 September 13, 1998  
Judith Schaechter September 18, 1998 November 29, 1998  
Parks and Portraits: Dona Nelson, 1983–88 January 9, 1999 March 7, 1999  
Charles Burns October 8, 1999 December 5, 1999  
Barry Goldberg December 10, 1999 February 6, 2000  
Jeremy Blake: Digital Projections September 9, 2000 November 15, 2000  
Virgil Marti June 15, 2001 September 2, 2001  
Neysa Grassi March 2, 2001 May 6, 2001  
Mary Judge September 14, 2001 November 11, 2001  
BaseKamp: Dirty Deeds (Re-done) Dirt Cheap November 30, 2001 February 3, 2002  
Phil Frost February 23, 2002 April 28, 2002  
Astrid Bowlby: Leaves of Grass September 14, 2002 November 10, 2002  
Odd Fellows: Marcel Dzama, Michael Dumontier, and Andrew Jeffrey Wright February 22, 2003 April 27, 2003  
Jane Irish: History Lesson December 7, 2002 February 2, 2003  
Monique Van Genderen September 20, 2003 November 9, 2003  
The Sixth Annual Altoids Curiously Strong Collection July 10, 2004 August 15, 2004  
Michelle Oosterbaan December 13, 2003 February 1, 2004  
Adam Cvijanovic: Ideal City February 21, 2004 April 25, 2004  
Quentin Morris November 20, 2004 January 31, 2005  
Paul Swenbeck: Specter of the Brocken September 11, 2004 November 7, 2004  
Nan Goldin: Fantastic Tales December 15, 2005 February 12, 2006  
Do-Ho Suh: Paratrooper II June 17, 2005 August 21, 2018  
Eamon Ore-Giron: Mirage March 5, 2005 May 15, 2005  
Vik Muniz: Remastered September 17, 2005 November 27, 2018  
Elizabeth Leister: Every Body is Everywhere and Nowhere June 10, 2006 August 20, 2006  
Nadia Hironaka: The Late Show March 4, 2006 May 14, 2007  
Robert Ryman: Small Works October 13, 2006 January, 28 2007  
Senga Nengudi: Warp Trance June 9, 2007 August 26, 2007  
Laylah Ali: Drawings from the Typology Series March 3, 2007 May 13, 2008  
Steve Powers: The Magic Word October 20, 2007 January 27, 2008  
Spot Check: Academy Contemporary March 1, 2008 June 8, 2008  
Jacob Lawrence’s Hiroshima occupied the Morris Gallery space. August 1, 2008 December 28, 2008 More information
Image: Music:…sampler May 14, 2009 June 9, 2009 More Information
Summer Shorts: REDUX August 18, 2009 October 11, 2018  
Malcolm McLaren: Shallow October 24, 2009 January 3, 2018 More Information
Contemporary Video Art January 30, 2009 August 8, 2009 More Information
Serigala Militia January 29, 2010 April 11, 2010  
Roxana Pérez-Méndez: Este Es Mi Pais May 22, 2010 September 26, 2010  
Tom LaDuke: run generator October 23, 2010 March 6, 2011  
Hiro Sakaguchi: No Particular Place To Go April 2, 2011 August 28, 2011  
Bill Viola: Ocean Without a Shore November 19, 2011 November 3, 2014 More Information
No Particular Place to Go April 2, 2011 August 29, 2011  
Cynthia Norton: Freedom Rings Placed Within March 3, 2012 May 27, 2012 More Information
David Lynch: Six Men Getting Sick January 10, 2015 June 7, 2015 More Information
Mia Rosenthal: Paper Lens October 10, 2015 January 3, 2016 More Information
Alyson Shotz: Plane Weave April 21, 2016 August 7, 2016 More Information
Fernando Orellana: His Study of Life August 20, 2016 November 6, 2016 More Information
Emil Lukas January 14, 2016 April 10, 2016 More Information
Cassils: The Resilience of the 20% November 19, 2016 March 5, 2017  
Melt/Carve/Forge: Embodied Sculptures by Cassils November 19, 2016 March 5, 2017 More Information