Peel Back the Secrets of JP Morgan's Private Art Collection

Dive into a limited–run exhibition of rare works by iconic Surrealist artists from around the world.

Peel Back the Secrets of JP Morgan's Private Art Collection
  • Walter O’Neill is an art historian who has lectured at The Morgan
  • View the drawings of Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, Joan Miró and more
  • Tour The Morgan with Walter as he educates you on the Surrealist movement

The Morgan houses the private art collection of JP Morgan, the most influential financier in US history. Unlike other private collectors, Morgan didn’t limit his purchases to one medium but instead bought everything from rare books to prints to ancient artifacts, all of which are currently on display at The Morgan Library and Museum, plus rotating exhibits of rarely seen works.

Walter O’Neill is an art historian and teacher who’s managed public programs in museums for over a decade. He’s also lectured specifically at The Morgan, which houses some of his favorite galleries in the city.

Walk with Walter through JP’s impressive space as he identifies works in the new Drawing Surrealism exhibit by artists like Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, Joan Miró, Jean Arp, Louise Bourgeois and more. He’ll focus on the important role of drawing in the Surrealist movement, and also give background on what makes a great drawing and why the museum curators cherish particular drawings over others. As you tour this unique exhibition, learn how do identify the different graphic techniques, such as automatic drawing, collage, decalcomania and fumage, as well as gain an understanding of the drawing process as a means of expression and innovation.


This experience will be confirmed once at least 4 people have booked. $15 museum admission is NOT included in the price of the SideTour.

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Walter O'Neill - Artist

Walter O’Neill has worked in museums for over a decade and has lectured on collections in The Morgan Library, The J. Paul Getty Museum, and The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.

As an art lover and historian, there's no one in New York that knows The Morgan collection better. And as an expert...

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