Videos

"Variety Show" with Nina Katchadourian and Friends

In conjunction with the exhibition Uncommon Denominator: Nina Katchadourian at the Morgan, artists, writers, and musicians will respond to works in the exhibition through short performances. Held Sunday, February 26, 2023.

Sublime Ideas: Drawings by Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Our curator John Marciari discusses our current exhibition Sublime Ideas: Drawings by Giovanni Battista Piranesi which examines Giovanni Battista Piranesi as a versatile draftsman and his vigorous drawings.

"An Inventive and Creating Genius:" Drawings by Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Examining drawings from across Piranesi's career, John Marciari, Charles W. Engelhard Curator, will explore the distinctive aspects of Piranesi's graphic style and the use and reuse of drawings in his busy workshop.

Uncommon Denominator: Nina Katchadourian at the Morgan

In Uncommon Denominator, Nina Katchadourian (American, born 1968) stages a conversation among works from throughout her career, artifacts of her family’s history, and objects drawn from every corner of the Morgan’s vaults.

Young Concert Artists: Hanzhi Wang, accordion, and Steven Banks, saxophone

Watch these exciting young musicians performing George Frideric Handel's Recorder Sonata in G minor, HWV 360; Krzysztof Penderecki's Three Miniatures; Johann Sebastian Bach's Selections from Goldberg Variations, BWV 988; Martin Lohse's Autumn Rain and Winter’s Tale; Johann Sebastian Bach's Partita for flute in A minor, BWV 1013; Mikołaj Majkusiak's The Elements; and Astor Piazzolla's Milonga Del Angel. Held Wednesday, February 22, 2023.

Artist Talk: A Conversation with George Condo

In conjunction with the exhibition Entrance to the Mind: Drawings by George Condo in the Morgan Library & Museum, artist George Condo discusses the role of drawing in his practice and his interest in the art of the past with Isabelle Dervaux, Acquavella Curator and Head of Department, Modern & Contemporary Drawings. Held Thursday, February 23, 2023.

The George and Nora London Foundation Competition 2023 Winners

The George and Nora London Foundation for Singers offers substantial awards to outstanding young North American opera singers. Watch the George London Award-winning performances by 2023 honorees Erika Baikof, Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, Ricardo Garcia, Amber Monroe, and Karoline Podolak. Held Friday, February 17, 2023.

Young Concert Artists: Aristo Sham, piano, SooBeen Lee, violin, Tony Appel, viola, Jonathan Swensen, cello

Watch some of the most exciting young musicians today performing Heitor Villa-Lobos's A prole do bebê, Vol. 1; Astor Piazzolla's Adiós Nonino “Tango Rhapsody;” Samuel Barber's Piano Sonata in E-flat minor, Op. 26; and Robert Schumann's Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47. Held Wednesday, January 18, 2023.

Black Oak Ensemble: Avant l'Orage — French String Trios 1926–1939

Black Oak Ensemble, the Chicago-based string trio, makes their New York debut performing several New York premieres of rarely heard French works for violin, viola, and cello written between the World Wars.

Georg Baselitz: Six Decades of Drawings

Isabelle Dervaux discusses one of the most celebrated contemporary German artists, Georg Baselitz. He gained international recognition in the 1960s for revitalizing figurative painting.

Making The Little Prince

Philip Palmer, the Robert H. Taylor Curator and Department Head of Literary and Historical Manuscripts, takes an in-depth look at the draft manuscript and original artwork for Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince.

Held Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Ashley Bryan & Langston Hughes: Sail Away

Sal Robinson, our Lucy Ricciardi Assistant Curator of Literary and Historical Manuscripts, discusses the artist Ashley Bryan and his 2015 book Sail Away, in which Bryan paired poems by Langston Hughes on the subject of water—oceans, seas, rivers, and rainstorms—with his own vibrant cut-paper collages.

Lecture: She Who Wrote: Enheduanna and Women of Mesopotamia ca. 3400-2000 BC

Sidney Babcock, the Jeannette and Jonathan Rosen Curator and Department Head of the Department of Ancient Western Asian Seals and Tablets and curator of She Who Wrote: Enheduanna and Women of Mesopotamia ca. 3400-2000 B.C., provides an overview of the exhibition’s themes and highlights several key objects.

Collection in Focus: Ouida's "A Dog of Flanders"

Jesse R. Erickson, our Astor Curator and Department Head of Printed Books & Bindings, tells us about a popular Victorian novelist, Maria Louise Ramé, better known as Ouida. We look closely at the Morgan’s first edition of Ouida’s “A Dog of Flanders,” her 1872 novel, which has gained worldwide acclaim as a children's book.

Collection in Focus: Mixed Media Portraits

Joel Smith discusses the ways that various artistic media can overlap and intersect. In this case, we examine photography, drawing, and sculpture.

Belle da Costa Greene and the Women of the Morgan

Erica Cialella, Belle da Costa Green Curatorial Fellow, and Philip Palmer, Robert H. Taylor Curator of Literary and Historical Manuscripts, discuss Belle da Costa Greene’s enduring legacy and their ongoing research on her work as the director of the Morgan Library & Museum.

LGBTQ+ Night

In celebration of Pride, the Morgan presents two lectures on queer artists Rick Barton and Ray Johnson. Held Friday, June 24, 2022.

Collection in Focus: St. Edmund

Take a closer look at this 900 year old English manuscript with Dei Jackson, Assistant Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts as she tells the story of St. Edmund.

Collection in Focus: Action Portraits

Take a closer look at three “action portraits” from the Morgan’s 20th-century photography collection with Joel Smith, the Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography. Listen as Joel shares his insights on these dynamic images!

Collection in Focus: Hendrick Goltzius

Hendrick Goltzius was one of the greatest Dutch printmakers and draftsmen of the sixteenth century. Our Annette and Oscar de la Renta Assistant Curator of Drawings and Prints Austeja Mackelaite describes his work in detail.

Collection in Focus: Codex Mellon

Maria Fredericks, the Sherman Fairchild Head of Conservation in the Morgan's Thaw Conservation Center, shares her insights on conserving the Codex Mellon.

Collection in Focus: Beatrix Potter's Letters

The original ideas for many of Beatrix Potter's stories can be found in the manuscript picture letters she wrote to children of friends and family members.

Collection in Focus: Mahler's Fifth

Robinson McClellan, Assistant Curator of Music Manuscripts and Printed Music provides an introduction to Mahler's Fifth Symphony.

Collection in Focus: Dürer's Adam and Eve

Albrecht Dürer's engraving Adam and Eve is one of the most celebrated of the artist's career. It complements the Morgan's drawing of Adam and Eve by Dürer (I, 257d). Dürer produced the Morgan drawing while trying to resolve the composition, which he then translated into the engraving.

Collection in Focus: Wangechi Mutu and Juan Gris

Isabelle Dervaux, Acquavella Curator of Modern and Contemporary Drawings provides a glimpse into the collection by taking a closer look at two drawings by Juan Gris and Wangechi Mutu.

Writing a Chrysanthemum: The Drawings of Rick Barton

Very little is known about Rick Barton (1928–1992), who, between 1958 and 1962, created hundreds of drawings of striking originality. His subjects range from the intimacy of his room to the architecture of Mexican cathedrals, and from the gathering places of Beat-era San Francisco to the sinuous contours of plants.

PLEASE SEND TO REAL LIFE: Ray Johnson Photographs

A widely connected pioneer of Pop and mail art, Ray Johnson (1927–1995) was described as “New York’s most famous unknown artist.” Best known for his multimedia collages, he stopped exhibiting in 1991, but his output did not diminish.

J. Pierpont Morgan's Library: Building the Bookman's Paradise

With rarely seen architectural drawings, period photographs, and significant rare books and manuscripts from Morgan’s collection, this exhibition traces the design, construction, and early life of J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library.

Collection in Focus: Ravel's Bolero

Maurice Ravel’s Bolero started out as a ballet score commissioned by dancer Ida Rubenstein. Her troupe danced the composition's first performance at the Paris Opera in 1928. It was an instant hit. Our Assistant Curator of Music Manuscripts and Printed Music Robinson McClellan has more on this iconic piece of music.

One Hundred Years of James Joyce's Ulysses

Set on one day, 16 June 1904, James Joyce’s Ulysses follows the young poet Stephen Dedalus and the unlikely hero Leopold Bloom as they journey through Dublin. The groundbreaking novel links the epic to the ordinary, connecting characters and motifs from Homer’s ancient Greek poem the Odyssey with life in the Irish city that created Joyce.