Videos

Collection in Focus: Vincent van Gogh

Did you know that Vincent van Gogh was an inveterate letter writer? In 2007 the Morgan acquired a set of letters by the post-Impressionist artist Van Gogh written to friends. Hear our Director Colin B. Bailey explain why these are some of the most moving and precious objects in our collection.

Identity, Literature, and Art

In conjunction with the exhibition, Sikander: Extraordinary Realities,join the MacArthur Fellow and artist Shahzia Sikander in a virtual conversation with Roya Hakakian, poet and author of Beginners Guide to America: For the Immigrant and the Curious,moderated by Vishakha N. Desai, Senior Advisor for Global Affairs to the President of Columbia University.

Collection in Focus: Scott Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag

In this video, Robinson McClellan, Assistant Curator of Music Manuscripts and Printed Music, explains why Joplin's "Maple Leaf Rag" remains a cut above the rest

Julie Mehretu and Shahzia Sikander In Conversation, Moderated by Gayatri Gopinath

Acclaimed artist Julie Mehretu joins Shahzia Sikander to discuss Shahzia Sikander: Extraordinary Realities, an investigation into the first fifteen years of Sikander's career, and Julie Mehretu, a mid-career survey on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art. This conversation is moderated by Gayatri Gopinath, Professor, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, and Director, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, New York University.

Shahzia Sikander: Extraordinary Realities

Pakistani American artist Shahzia Sikander is internationally celebrated for bringing Indo-Persian manuscript-painting traditions into dialogue with contemporary art practice. This exhibition, on view June 18 through September 26, 2021, tracks the first fifteen years of this artistic journey.

Collection in Focus: The Declaration of Independence

One of the most timeless and eloquent of historical documents, the Declaration of Independence stands with the Magna Carta, as a classic charter of freedom. The document is a formal statement by the representatives of the Thirteen Colonies announcing their separation from Great Britain and the birth of the United States of America. The Morgan’s copy is one of just twenty-five recorded copies of the first printing of the Declaration and is considered one of the two or three finest in existence.

Architecture, Theater, and Fantasy: Bibiena Drawings from the Jules Fisher Collection

This exhibition, on view May 28 through September 12, 2021, is the first in the United States in over thirty years to celebrate these talented draftsmen and marks the promised gift to the Morgan of a group of Bibiena drawings from the collection of Jules Fisher, the Tony-winning lighting designer.

Bound for Versailles: Investigating the Jayne Wrightsman Bookbindings Collection

In anticipation of the upcoming exhibition Bound for Versailles: The Jayne Wrightsman Bookbindings Collection, on view June 25 through September 26, 2021, our conservators from the Thaw Conservation Center took a close look at techniques used in creating these elaborate works of art.

Collection in Focus: The Gutenberg Bible

The Morgan is the only institution in the world to possess three copies of the Gutenberg Bible, the first substantial book printed from movable type in the West. John McQuillen, Associate Curator, Printed Books and Bindings, explains how Gutenberg's work revolutionized European literacy and learning.

Collection in Focus: Domenico Tiepolo's "Punchinello" Drawings

With over 300 drawings by Giambattista and Domenico Tiepolo, this collection is one of the strengths at the Morgan. John Marciari, Charles W. Engelhard Curator of Drawings and Prints, takes a close look at two beloved 18th-century "Punchinello" drawings by Domenico Tiepolo.

The Sherman Fairchild Reading Room

The Morgan Library & Museum is an important research center for scholars. We make our collections as accessible as possible within the limits set by their rarity and fragility. The Sherman Fairchild Reading Room serves researchers from artists, to historians, to writers, and more, who demonstrate a need to consult the Morgan's rare materials.

The Women Who Made the Morgan

Through the stories of Belle da Costa Greene (1879–1950), private librarian of J. Pierpont Morgan and first director of the Morgan; Felice Stampfle (1913–2000), first curator of the collection of Drawings and Prints; and Edith Porada (1912–1994), honorary curator of Ancient Mesopotamian Seals and Tablets, we will explore the lasting mark that women have made at the Morgan through their leadership, scholarship, and acquisitions.

Collection in Focus: Director's Choice

Director Colin B. Bailey takes a close look at three drawings by Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684–1721), considered some of the finest drawings in the Morgan's collection: Seated Young Woman (ca. 1716), Young Woman Wearing a Chemise (ca. 1718), and Two Studies of the Head and Shoulders of a Little Girl.

David Hockney: Drawing from Life

Join Isabelle Dervaux, Acquavella Curator of Modern & Contemporary Drawings, for a virtual guided tour of the exhibition David Hockney: Drawing from Life. David Hockney (b. 1937) is one of the most internationally respected and renowned artists alive today.  Held Friday, November 13, 2020.

Collection in Focus: Martin Puryear's Prints

In January 2021, the Morgan acquired an exceptional group of twenty prints by Martin Puryear. Made between 2001 and 2014 at Paulson Bott Press, Berkeley, CA, they represent nearly all the prints Puryear made during the first fifteen years of the 21st century and include several of his most important works in this medium. Known primarily as a sculptor, Puryear is celebrated for the elegance and refinement of his largely handmade constructions.

Young Concert Artists: Randall Goosby, violin, and Zhu Wang, piano

The virtuosic violinist Randall Goosby and lyrical pianist Zhu Wang perform Maurice Ravel's Sonata No. 2 in G Major, M. 77, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson's Blue/s Forms for Solo Violin & Louisiana Blues Strut - A Cakewalk for Solo Violin, and Johannes Brahms's Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108. Recorded in Gilder Lehrman Hall. Held Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

The Classical and the Contemporary: Conversation with Jim Dine

 In conjunction with the exhibition Conversations in Drawing: Seven Centuries of Art from the Gray Collection, join us for a virtual conversation with Jim Dine, whose own work is featured in the show, discussing his drawing practice in relation to the history of Western art as represented in the exhibition by artists such as Veronese, Rubens, Ingres, Picasso, and Matisse. Held Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

Conversations in Drawing: Seven Centuries of Art from the Gray Collection

This exhibition celebrates the remarkable collection of drawings assembled by the collecting couple Richard Gray, one of America’s foremost art dealers, and art historian Mary L. Gray.

Young Concert Artists: Jonathan Swensen, cello, and Adam Golka, piano

Recorded in Gilder Lehrman Hall, the outstanding cellist Jonathan Swensen and pianist Adam Golka perform a wide-ranging program of Claude Debussy's Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, L. 135, Witold Lutosławski's Metamorphoses: Grave for Cello and Piano, and Sergei Rachmaninoff's Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19.

Tracking Down Our Roots: A Conversation with Ishmael Reed

Join novelist, poet, and MacArthur Fellowship recipient Ishmael Reed for a conversation on the empowering role of art as a vehicle for reclaiming elements of African spirituality and culture.

Collection in Focus: Malick Sidibé

Malick Sidibé (1936–2016) opened his studio in Bamako, the capital city of Mali, around the time the nation gained independence following French colonial rule. His photographs show modern West African life and are often described as depicting postcolonial euphoria.

New Accessions | Keats in NY

On the two-hundredth anniversary of the death of the English poet John Keats , a newly-acquired set of collectible tea cards sets the Pforzheimer Collection’s Charles Cuykendall Carter on a tour of special places for Keats in New York.

Young Concert Artists: Maxim Lando, piano

Recorded in Gilder Lehrman Hall, the exuberant pianist Maxim Lando performs the rarely heard Jean Sibelius Piano Sonata in F Major, Op. 12 and Aram Khachaturian's Piano Sonata in E-flat Major. Held Tuesday, February 23, 2021.

Young Concert Artists: Do-Hyun Kim, piano

Join the captivating pianist Do-Hyun Kim in a specially recorded concert from Mixon Hall at Cleveland Institute of Music, featuring Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Sonata No. 12 in F Major, K. 332, Robert Schumann's Fantasiestüke, Op. 12, and Igor Stravinsky's Three Movements from ‘Petrushka.’ Held Thursday, January 28, 2021.

No Soft Nonsense: Presenting the Bold Anne Brontë

Join Christine Nelson, Drue Heinz Curator of Literary and Historical Manuscripts, for a fresh look at Anne Brontë (1820–1849), bold author and truth-teller, through the artifacts she left behind. Held Monday, November 23, 2020.

Poetry and Patronage: The Laubespine-Villeroy Library Rediscovered

Young, handsome, and highborn, Claude III de Laubespine lived in luxury after marrying an heiress and obtaining the favor of King Charles IX. His brilliant career at court was cut short in 1570, when he died at the age of 25. He left behind a splendid library, which was dispersed, and only recently have his books been identified and properly appreciated for their superb quality and fine bindings. Laubespine now ranks among the great collectors of the French Renaissance.

European Blockbooks: Print-on-Demand in the 15th Century

Based upon the collections of the Morgan Library & Museum, John T. McQuillen, Associate Curator of Printed Books & Bindings will present an introduction to the European blockbook, its history and production, and delve into the provenance of several of the copies in the Morgan's collection. Held  Wednesday, October 14, 2020.

David Hockney: Drawing from Life

David Hockney (b. 1937) is one of the most internationally respected and renowned artists alive today. This exhibition will be the first to focus on his portraits on paper and one of very few exhibitions to investigate his drawing practice. Featuring about 100 drawings, the exhibition will trace a trajectory from Hockney’s early works as a student, to his Ingres-like portraits of the 1970s, and his return to the sketchbooks in the early 2000s.

The Research Library Today: A Conversation with Dr. Carla Hayden and Dr. Colin B. Bailey

Join Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, and Dr. Colin B. Bailey, Director of the Morgan Library & Museum, for a discussion about the genesis of their institutions' collections and current missions, the challenges of physical custodianship in a digital age, and the roles played by the different directors of each institution, notably the Morgan's inaugural director, the African-American librarian and scholar, Belle da Costa Greene.

Poetry and Patronage: The Laubespine-Villeroy Library Rediscovered

Join guest curator Isabelle de Conihout and John Bidwell, Astor Curator of Printed Books and Bindings, for a virtual guided tour of the exhibition Poetry and Patronage: The Laubespine-Villeroy Library Rediscovered featuring luxury bindings commissioned by the French courtier Claude III de Laubespine (1545–1570).