Videos

Collection in Focus: Fran Lebowitz on the Process of Great Writing

For our Centennial, we asked some of our friends and collaborators to speak about what they love about the Morgan Library & Museum. Watch writer and iconic New Yorker Fran Lebowitz describe some of her favorite letters and manuscripts in our collection by her favorite writers.

Walton Ford: Birds and Beasts of the Studio

American artist Walton Ford and Jennifer Tonkovich, our Eugene and Clare Thaw Curator of Drawings and Prints, discuss the artist’s current exhibition Walton Ford: Birds and Beasts of the Studio. Ford established his reputation in the 1990s with his monumental watercolor paintings of wild animals inspired by true or legendary stories of dramatic encounters between humankind and nature.

Young Concert Artists: Lun Li, violin

Join the captivating violinist Lun Li in a dramatic program featuring Henry Eccles's Prelude in A minor; Nicola Matteis's Alia Fantasia; Giovanni Bononcini's Prelude in D minor; Johann Sebastian Bach's Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004; Philip Glass's Book of Longing; Béla Bartók's Sonata for solo violin; and Tessa Lark's Jig and Pop.

Held Wednesday, April 24, 2024.

Collection in Focus: Walton Ford's Passion for Drawing

For our Centennial, we asked some of our friends and collaborators to speak about what they love about the Morgan. First up, artist Walton Ford describes some of his favorites drawings in our collection and what about these works inspire him.

Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature

Curator Philip Palmer takes us through Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature and shares how the beloved children's book author rooted her fiction in the natural world.

Young Concert Artists: Risa Hokamura, violin, Albert Cano Smit, piano, Lun Li, violin, and Toby Appel, viola

Join these talented artists in a performance of Karol Szymanowski's Mythes, Op. 30 N. 3-Dryades et Pan; Eugène Ysaÿe's Sonata for solo violin No 4 in E minor, Op. 27, No. 4; Maurice Ravel's Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major; and Antonín Dvořák's Terzetto in C Major for two violins and viola, Op. 74.

Held Wednesday, February 28, 2024.

Young Concert Artists: Ying Li, piano, Ani Kavafian, violin, and Alex Cox, cello

Watch some of the most exciting young musicians today performing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Rondo for Piano in D Major, K. 485; Frédéric Chopin's Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20; Sergei Prokofiev's Three Selections from Ten Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75; and Arno Babadjanian's Piano Trio in F-Sharp minor.

Held Wednesday, January 24, 2024.

Symposium: Tiepolo Drawings: Reconsiderations and Discoveries, Part 2

The symposium is devoted to the drawings of the Tiepolo family, and is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Spirit and Invention: Drawings by Giambattista and Domenico Tiepolo.

Presented on January 25, 2024 by the Morgan Drawing Institute.

Symposium: Tiepolo Drawings: Reconsiderations and Discoveries, Part 1

The symposium is devoted to the drawings of the Tiepolo family, and is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Spirit and Invention: Drawings by Giambattista and Domenico Tiepolo.

Presented on January 25, 2024 by the Morgan Drawing Institute.

Symposium: Tiepolo Drawings: Reconsiderations and Discoveries

The symposium is devoted to the drawings of the Tiepolo family, and is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Spirit and Invention: Drawings by Giambattista and Domenico Tiepolo.

Presented on January 25, 2024 by the Morgan Drawing Institute.

Smarthistory: Moralized Bible

Collection in Focus: Joseph Mallord William Turner

Take a closer look at J.M.W. Turner’s remarkable work The Pass of St. Gotthard, near Faido with Jennifer Tonkovich, Eugene and Clare Thaw Curator of Drawings and Prints, as she shares its unique connections to art criticism.

Collection in Focus: La prose du Transsibérien et de la petite Jehanne de France

Sheelagh Bevan, our Andrew W. Mellon Associate Curator of Printed Books and Bindings, discusses Blaise Cendrars, born Frédéric Louis Sauser, a catalyst in some of the explosive artistic innovations of the early twentieth century.

Camerata Trajectina

The Sounds of the City as Heard by Jacob Steendam, the First Poet of New York

The early music ensemble Camerata Trajectina follows in Jacob Steendam’s (1616–1672) footsteps and presents Dutch music that once echoed off the walls of the houses of New Amsterdam.

Medieval Money, Merchants, and Morality

Diane Wolfthal, David and Caroline Minter Chair Emerita in the Humanities and Professor Emerita of Art History, Rice University, and Dei Jackson, Assistant Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts here at the Morgan, discuss their current exhibition Medieval Money, Merchants, and Morality.

Collection in Focus: Peter Hujar

Dive deep into the archive of the iconic photographer Peter Hujar with Olivia McCall, our Edith Gowin Curatorial Fellow of Photography.

2023 YCA Winners Concert

YCA and the Morgan co-present the winners of the 2023 Young Concert Artists Susan Wadsworth International Auditions in an afternoon of music and conversation. Each artist will perform selections from their winning audition, and engage the audience with a short interview conducted by YCA President, Daniel Kellogg.  Held on Sunday, November 12, 2023.

Spirit and Invention: Drawings by Giambattista and Domenico Tiepolo

The Morgan is home to one of the world’s largest and most important collections of drawings by Giambattista Tiepolo (1696–1770) and his eldest son Domenico (1727–1804), with more than 300 representative examples of their lively invention and masterful techniques.

Morgan's Bibles: Splendor in Scripture

Jesse R. Erickson, Astor Curator of Printed Books & Bindings, and John Bidwell, Curator Emeritus, discuss the Bible as a cornerstone of religion, art, and literature in the western world.

Telling the Story of Belle da Costa Greene

To mark the 2024 centennial of its life as a public institution, the Morgan Library & Museum will present a major exhibition devoted to the life and career of its inaugural director, Belle da Costa Greene.

Treasures of New York: The Morgan Library & Museum

Located in the heart of New York City, The Morgan Library & Museum embraces creativity and expands knowledge. What was once the personal library of financier J.P. Morgan has become a museum and independent research library unlike any other.

Representation Synchrome & Synchromism: Sonia Delaunay, Blaise Cendrars & Morgan Russell in 1913 Paris

Gail Levin's illustrated talk will draw extensively upon her interviews in the 1970s with Sonia Delaunay. She will illuminate the relationship of art by the Ukrainian-born French artist and works by the Swiss poet Cendrars to the American Synchromist painter Morgan Russell (1886–1953), contextualizing Cendrars's inscription to Russell on the copy of the 1913 book La prose du Transsibérien et de la petite Jehanne de France, featured in the Morgan’s exhibition Blaise Cendrars (1887–1961): Poetry Is Everything.

Collection in Focus: Prayer Book of Anne de Bretagne

The incredible Prayer Book of Anne de Bretagne has a compelling story behind the beautiful craftsmanship. Our Melvin R. Seiden Curator and Department Head Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts Roger S. Wieck describes the work in detail.

Collection in Focus: The Morgan Beatus

Take a closer look at this 1000 year old Spanish illumination with Josh O’Driscoll, Assistant Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts as he shares the incredible story.

Ferdinand Hodler and Mark Rothko: A Passion for the Italian Renaissance

Niklaus Güdel, Director of the Ferdinand Hodler Institute, Geneva, proposes a comparison between Ferdinand Hodler and Mark Rothko based on their common interest in the Italian Renaissance. Held Thursday, September 14, 2023.

Touching Leaves Woman by Brent Michael Davids

This new musical work for voice and birdroar instruments by composer Brent Michael Davids honors Nora Thompson Dean (1907–1984), a Lenape teacher and herbalist who dedicated her life to preserving Lenape culture.

Ferdinand Hodler: Drawings—Selections from the Musée Jenisch Vevey

Isabelle Dervaux, curator of Ferdinand Hodler: Drawings—Selections from the Musée Jenisch Vevey, discusses the artist’s legacy and his impact on modernism.

Bridget Riley Drawings: From the Artist's Studio

Claude Gillot and the Paris Art World ca. 1690–1720

At the first international symposium devoted to the artist, scholars explore Gillot’s work and career in the context of the Paris art world, uncovering his professional network and assessing his contribution to changing tastes and his impact on the next generation of artists. Held Wednesday, May 10, 2023.

Gallery One: Where and How the World Met the Art of Bridget Riley

Thomas Crow, Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art, NYU/Institute of Fine Arts, explores how Bridget Riley found the catalyst for her signature mode of art--along with its first, electrifying exposure--in a highly idiosyncratic venue. Held Thursday, June 29, 2023.