Videos

The Zoomorphic Mask

Sir Nicholas Penny, former director of the National Gallery, London, and the Thaw Senior Fellow at the Morgan Drawing Institute for 2018, gave the annual Thaw Lecture on "The Zoomorphic Mask." Held Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

The Monstrous Other in Medieval Art

Co-curators of the exhibition Medieval Monsters: Terrors, Aliens, Wonders, Sherry C.M. Lindquist, Associate Professor, Western Illinois University and Asa Simon Mittman, Professor, California State University, Chico, will discuss the ways that medieval artists and writers demonized cultural outsiders, transforming religious and racial others into monsters, framing poverty and impairment as sin, and characterizing women as inherently deviant and dangerous. Held Friday, June 8, 2018.

The Magic of Handwriting: The Pedro Corrêa do Lago Collection

For nearly half a century, Brazilian author and publisher Pedro Corrêa do Lago has been assembling one of the most comprehensive autograph collections of our age, acquiring thousands of handwritten letters, manuscripts, and musical compositions as well as inscribed photographs, drawings, and documents.

The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization

Martin Puchner, Byron and Anita Wien Professor of Drama and of English and Comparative Literature at Harvard University (author of The Written World), leads us on a journey through time and around the globe to reveal the powerful role stories and literature have played in creating the world we have today. Held Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

Wayne Thiebaud: Draftsman

Best known for his luscious paintings of pies and ice-cream cones, California artist Wayne Thiebaud (born 1920) has been an avid and prolific draftsman since he began his career as an illustrator and cartoonist.

Artist Talk: A Conversation with Wayne Thiebaud

In conjunction with the exhibition Wayne Thiebaud, Draftsman, the artist discusses the role of drawing in his practice, his beginnings as a cartoonist, his sketching habits, his love of the Old Masters, and his fondness for classic American food. Held Friday, May 18, 2018.

Handwriting Is Not Dead: A Conversation with Collector Pedro Corrêa do Lago

Corrêa do Lago joins Christine Nelson, Drue Heinz Curator of Literary and Historical Manuscripts, for a lively discussion about the lure of handwriting and the joy of collecting.

Gainsborough Experiments: Cork, Broccoli, Milk, and Drawing the Landscape

In this lecture, Marco Simone Bolzoni, Moore Curatorial Fellow and curator of the exhibition Thomas Gainsborough: Experiments in Drawing, will investigate the unorthodox means and materials used by the artist in his quest to capture the beauty of the English countryside.
Held on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

Collecting the Past: Pierpont Morgan and Ancient Mesopotamia

The ancient Mesopotamian cylinder seals in the collection of the Morgan are amongst the finest in the world. Sidney Babcock, Jeannette and Jonathan Rosen Curator and Department Head, discusses cylinder seals. Held Monday, April 9, 2018.

Tennessee Williams and James Laughlin: Selected Letters

Join us for a conversation about the letters compiled for a new publication The Luck of Friendship: The Letters of Tennessee Williams and James Laughlin.
Held on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Power and Grace: Ecumenical Rubens

In this lecture, David Freedberg, Pierre Matisse Professor of the History of Art at Columbia University and Director of the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, will demonstrate how the drawings in the exhibition Power and Grace: Drawings by Rubens, Van Dyck, and Jordaens reveal not just his artistic virtuosity, but his efforts to seek peace in his time.
Held on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

An Evening with Fran Lebowitz: On Peter Hujar

Fran Lebowitz speaks with Joel Smith, Richard L. Menschel Curator and Department Head of Photography. Held on Thursday, February 8, 2018.

Whatever Happened to the Ides of March?

Roger S. Wieck, Melvin R. Seiden Curator and Department Head of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and curator of Now and Forever: The Art of Medieval Time, and Alexander Jones, Leon Levy Director of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, discuss and illustrate Roman time and how it evolved in the medieval era. Held on Thursday, March 29, 2018.

Power and Grace: Drawings by Rubens, Van Dyck, and Jordeans

Join Ilona van Tuinen, curator of the exhibition Power and Grace: Drawings by Rubens, Van Dyck, and Jordaens, for a discussion of the spectacular works on display and the story behind the show. Held on Friday, January 19, 2018.

Tennessee Williams: No Refuge but Writing

Opening February 2 and continuing through May 13, Tennessee Williams: No Refuge but Writing highlights the playwright’s creative process and his close involvement with the theatrical production of his works, as well as their reception and lasting impact.

Peter Hujar: Speed of Life

The life and art of Peter Hujar (1934–1987) were rooted in downtown New York. Private by nature, combative in manner, well-read, and widely connected, Hujar inhabited a world of avant-garde dance, music, art, and drag performance.

Portrait of a Docent

Miryam Wasserman tells her story about becoming a docent at the Morgan Library & Museum after retiring as a City Tech English literature professor.

Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection

This exhibition highlights more than 150 master drawings from the Thaw Collection, one of the world’s finest private collections containing over 400 sheets.

Henry David Thoreau: A Life

Join Laura Dassow Walls, author of the forthcoming Henry David Thoreau: A Life, for an illustrated presentation on the profound, inspiring complexity of Henry David Thoreau.

The Writer's Art: A Conversation with Jean Strouse & Colm Tóibín

Jean Strouse, biographer of Alice James, and Colm Tóibín, author of The Master, discuss Henry James’s relationship to the visual arts. Presented on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

Henry James and American Painting

Co-curator and acclaimed novelist Colm Tóibín discusses the exhibition Henry James and American Painting, on view at the Morgan Library & Museum, June 9 through September 10, 2017.

“Cospetto! Che bella cosa!” My what a beautiful thing: Boucher’s Triumph of Venus in the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm

Colin B. Bailey, Director of the Morgan Library & Museum, traces Boucher’s process in the elaboration of his masterpiece, examines the tradition of marine mythologies from Raphael to Poussin and beyond, and considers some of the textual and pictorial sources which may have inspired the painter. Presented on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

I’m Nobody! Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson

Watch PBS Newshour feature "Finding Emily Dickinson in the power of her poetry".

Treasures from the Nationalmuseum of Sweden: The Collections of Count Tessin

The Nationalmuseum, Sweden’s largest and most distinguished art institution, is partnering with the Morgan to bring more than seventy-five masterpieces from its collections to New York for a rare visit.

A Christmas Carol at The Morgan

NYC-ARTS takes a closer look at A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Guided by Declan Kiely, curator of Literary & Historical Manuscripts at the Morgan Library & Museum, we are encouraged to reconsider the true meaning of Dickens’s work.

Martin Luther and Anti-Semitism

A panel featuring Mark R. Silk, Trinity College, Hartford; Dean P. Bell, Spertus Institute, Chicago; and Martin Hauger, High Consistory of the Evangelical Church in Germany, discuss Martin Luther’s changing opinion on Jews as well as the impact of the Reformation on Christian-Jewish relations in the 16th century. Sunday, November 13, 2016.

Lincoln Speaks

Lincoln Speaks, a 15-minute film, was originally produced to accompany the exhibition, Lincoln Speaks: Words That Transformed a Nation, and features contemporary writers and scholars discussing the power of Lincoln’s language and his enduring legacy in American political life.

Charlotte Brontë: An Independent Will

Curator Christine Nelson discusses the exhibition Charlotte Brontë: An Independent Will, on view September 9, 2016 through January 2, 2017.

Rembrandt’s First Masterpiece

Curator  John Marciari discusses the exhibition Rembrandt's First Masterpiece, on view through September 18, 2016.

Renzo Piano in conversation with Colin B. Bailey

The Morgan Library & Museum marked ten years since the completion of its acclaimed, Renzo Piano-designed expansion project in April 2006.