With the return of fall and the arrival of our new exhibition season, I am delighted to invite you back to the Morgan Library & Museum. Amid the many challenges of the last 18 months, this season brings with it a sense of renewal. When I reflect on life during the pandemic, there are some moments that stand out for me. Among them, I think back to when Amanda Gorman stepped up to the microphone at the 2021 presidential inauguration ceremony. In 2017, when she was nineteen, Gorman was named the first youth poet laureate of the United States. That same year, she presented the Morgan with an original poem she had performed at the Library of Congress. In it, Gorman invites us to look beyond hallowed spaces (like the Morgan) to embrace a new American poetry—a living lyric embodied in everyday actions born of rage and hope. "In This Place (An American Lyric)" is now on view in our East Room—in a case opposite one of our three Gutenberg Bibles. I encourage you to come and read it firsthand.
From the splendor of the Holy Roman Empire, to the collecting acumen of Jayne Wrightsman, to treasures from the graphic collections in Dresden, to drawings by Black artists from the American South, our fall exhibitions draw on the breadth, depth, and diversity of our collections. You can learn more about the exhibitions in this email. Live music returned to the Morgan this past summer, and we are gradually introducing more in-person programming, with rigorous safety measures in place to protect visitors, staff, and performers. All the while, select digital programming continues, notably our talks and tours, which are highlighted below.
As I look ahead to this fall, and as greater travel becomes possible, I am eager to welcome back guests from outside the United States. Work continues on the grounds surrounding J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library, where we are now building our new garden, which will open to the public in 2022. In the near future, we will also introduce our new DEAI (Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion) Plan, which will articulate our strategic diversity initiatives for the next few years. I look forward to sharing the details of this institution-wide effort very soon.
Thank you for your commitment to our beloved institution and for your interest in the Morgan's exhibitions, programs, and collections. I wish you all continued health, renewal, and inspiration.
Colin B. Bailey