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Bridging Legacy and Learning: The Margaret Morton Collection Arrives at The Cooper Union


The Margaret Morton Archive proudly announces the donation of a significant collection to The Cooper Union, marking a monumental step in preserving and sharing the legacy of the esteemed artist and educator, Margaret Morton.


Comprising primarily teaching materials, administrative documents, and student works, this collection encapsulates Morton’s profound dedication throughout her nearly four-decade-long teaching career at The Cooper Union.

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Mana Contemporary’s Fall Open Studios


Margaret Morton Archive will participate in Mana Contemporary’s Fall Open Studios, taking place on Sunday, October 15th, from 12-6 PM at 888 Newark Ave in Jersey City. The event will occur in conjunction with The Jersey City Art and Studio Tour (JCAST).


Morton's Lens on Curtis Cuffie

In the early 1990s, Margaret Morton photographed Curtis Cuffie (1955–2002) in the East Village of New York City. These images were later featured in the book titled Curtis Cuffie, published by Blank Forms Editions in August 2023.

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Urban Omnibus: Excavating the Farley

The Architectural League's online publication, Urban Omnibus, featured Margaret Morton's 2016 essay, "Excavating the Farley," as additional writing to explore alongside Jess Myer's recent essay about New York Penn Station, "Eclipsed on the Concourse" (published September 13, 2023).


MoMA PS1 Exhibition

Eighteen vintage prints from Margaret Morton’s first book, Transitory Gardens, Uprooted Lives (1993) are on view at MoMA PS1 in Life Between Buildings, an exhibition inspired by the history of community gardens. June 2, 2022 to January 16, 2023.

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Whitney Biennial 2022

In his installation, "An Introduction to Nameless Love," Jonathan Berger drew inspiration for one of six pieces from Margaret Morton’s book, The Tunnel: The Underground Homeless of New York City (1995). Working with Margaret and Maria A. Prado, Berger excerpted Maria’s story as told to Margaret in the tunnel, to create a monumental relief of her words incised in metal. Originally shown in March 2020 at Participant, Inc., in New York City, "An Introduction to Nameless Love" was on view in Quiet As Its Kept, the 2022 Whitney Biennial. The exhibition was on view from March 30 to October 16, 2022. 

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Carnegie Hall: Forgotten Voices

On March 31, 2022, the song cycle, Forgotten Voices, was presented at Carnegie Hall. The concert was organized by violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins, founder of Music Kitchen—Food for the Soul, which for 15 years has brought chamber music concerts to homeless shelters. A video produced for the Carnegie Hall concert included photographs by Margaret Morton, who had worked with Hall-Tompkins on the project before COVID.

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The Cooper Union:

Margaret Morton Remembered

In November 2020, Cooper Union organized a tribute to Margaret, who had taught design and photography there for more than three decades. 

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The New York Times

On July 3, 2020, the New York Times devoted a full page to Margaret's obituary, written by Penelope Green. 

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