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An Illuminated Haggadah for the 21st Century

This film was produced to accompany the Rose Haggadah manuscript and to document the process and craft involved in its creation. The manuscript is in the exhibition Hebrew Illumination for Our Time: The Art of Barbara Wolff, on view February 6 through May 3, 2015.

The Little Prince: A New York Story

Philippe de Montebello and curator Christine Nelson talk about the exhibition The Little Prince: A New York Story on view January 24 through April 27, 2014.

Medium as Muse: Woodcuts and the Modern Book

Curator Sheelagh Bevan gives a tour of the exhibition Medium as Muse: Woodcuts and the Modern Book, on view February 21 through May 11, 2014.

Illuminating Faith: The Sacred Bleeding Host of Dijon

Curator Roger Wieck discusses the Sacred Bleeding Host of Dijon, the cult of which thrived for over 350 years.

In the Company of Animals: Michael Hearst on Animals and Music

Composer Michael Hearst reflects on the bond between artists and animals: Are animals worthwhile subjects? What roles do animals play in a life devoted to the imagination? What do our relationships with animals reveal about ourselves?

In the Company of Animals: William Wegman on Dogs and Photography

Artist William Wegman reflects on the bond between artists and animals: Are pets worthwhile subjects? What roles do companion animals play in a life devoted to the imagination? What do our relationships with animals reveal about ourselves?

In the Company of Animals: Emma Straub on Cats and Writing

Writer Emma Straub reflects on the bond between artists and animals: Are pets worthwhile subjects? What roles do companion animals play in a life devoted to the imagination? What do our relationships with animals reveal about ourselves?

Oscar wilde manuscripts

Curator Declan Kiely discusses a volume of Oscar wilde manuscripts the Morgan received as a gift in 2008.

Preserving a Masterpiece: "Desilking" A Christmas Carol

In 2011 the manuscript of A Christmas Carol received extensive treatment by conservators at the Morgan's Thaw Conservation Center. Conservator Reba Snyder explains how one of the Morgan's most important literary manuscripts was disbound, tested, and washed, the old silk linings removed from every page.

Degas: Drawings and Sketchbooks

Curator Jennifer Tonkovich, discusses the exhibition Degas: Drawings and Sketchbooks.

Roy Lichtenstein: the Black and White Drawings, 1961–1968

Isabelle Dervaux, curator of modern and contemporary drawings, discusses the exhibition Roy Lichtenstein: the Black and White Drawings, 1961–1968.

The Hours of Catherine of Cleves

Curator Roger Wieck discusses selections from the greatest of all Dutch illuminated manuscripts, the Hours of Catherine of Cleves.

Cornel West: Reflections on Austen

Cornel West comments on Jane Austen and the human condition.

Siri Hustvedt: Reflections on Austen

Siri Hustvedt describes Jane Austen's mastery of language.

Humphry Repton's Red Books

Curator John Bidwell discusses Humphrey Repton's Red Books.

Colm Tóibín: Reflections on Austen

In conjunction with the film The Divine Jane: Reflections on Austen, the Morgan produced additional short films featuring each of the participants. In this video, Colm Tóibín describes the relationship between his latest novel Brooklyn and Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

Sandy Lerner: Reflections on Austen

Sandy Lerner discusses her deep connection to Jane Austen's works.

Harriet Walter: Relections on Austen

Harriet Walter reflects on playing various characters from Austen's novels.

Fran Lebowitz: Reflections on Austen

Fran Lebowitz explains why she thinks Austen is popular for all the wrong reasons.

The Divine Jane: Reflections on Austen

The Divine Jane: Reflections on Austen, a short documentary film specially commissioned for the exhibition A Woman's Wit: Jane Austen's Life and Legacy, examines the influence of Austen's fiction—and her enduring fame—through interviews with leading writers, scholars, and actors.

Collecting William Blake

Former director Charles Ryskamp examines five works from his private collection that he generously donated to the Morgan. All five are on view in the exhibition William Blake's World: "A New Heaven Is Begun," (September 11, 2009, through January 3, 2010).

Music Manuscripts at the Morgan

The James Fuld Collection of music manuscripts, renowned for its outstanding first-edition scores, was formally acquired by the Morgan in 2008. The collection also contains exemplary manuscripts, including a sketch by Beethoven for his Seventh Symphony.

Manuscripts and Letters of Oscar Wilde

Curator Christine Nelson discusses the life and work of Oscar Wilde as she looks closely at a recently rediscovered volume of his letters and manuscripts.

New at the Morgan

Philippe de Montebello interviews Isabelle Dervaux, Curator, Modern and Contemporary Drawings, about the exhibition New at the Morgan: Acquisitions Since 2004. Presenting over one hundred works that underscore the great scope of the Morgan's collecting interests, New at the Morgan includes old master and modern drawings, literary and musical manuscripts, illuminated texts, and rare printed books and bindings.

Philippe de Montebello interviews William Griswold

Philippe de Montebello interviews William M. Griswold, director of The Morgan Library & Museum, about the life of Pierpont Morgan, the founding of the Morgan, and the Morgan's collections and historic architecture.

Protecting the Word: Bookbindings of the Morgan

Curator H. George Fletcher discusses several highlights from the exhibition Protecting the Word: Bookbindings of the Morgan, including a bejeweled eighth-century binding used on the famous Lindau Gospels.

The Prayer Book of Claude de France

Curator Roger Wieck explores the images and iconography in the Prayer Book of Claude de France, discussing selected illustrations in depth.