J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library The Morgan Library & Museum Photography by Graham Haber, 2014
The Morgan Library & Museum Announces
Reopening following COVID-19 Closure
The Morgan Library & Museum is delighted to announce its public reopening beginning with a free opening weekend September 5 and 6, 2020 and advanced access for members September 2 to 4, 2020. Advanced registration for the Member Preview will be available starting Friday, August 21st , 2020. All other tickets go on sale Wednesday, August 26th, 2020. Opening hours will be Wednesday through Sunday from 10:30am to 5pm with 10:30am to 11:30am on Wednesdays and Saturdays reserved for Members. The Morgan’s popular “Free Fridays” program will continue from 3pm to 5pm every Friday afternoon.
Colin B. Bailey, Director of the Morgan Library & Museum, stated, “The Morgan Library & Museum is so pleased to reopen its doors to the resilient citizens of New York City and beyond. These past few months have encouraged us to look deep into our collections and programs, and have reaffirmed the value of art and literature as windows into our best selves and our shared humanity. We look forward to welcoming visitors back to engage with our collections of literature, music, photography, drawing, and more. We are confident that with vigilance, respect, and awareness of the new protocols for navigating the Morgan, we can continue to offer meaningful and uplifting experiences for all who visit as we continue to chart our way during these unprecedented times.”
The Morgan will reopen with rigorous new procedures in place that put the health of its visitors and staff first and that meet all relevant governmental health regulations. Safety measures include:
- Visitor capacity has been reduced to 25%
- Advanced timed ticket purchase or reservations are required
- Increased cleaning and disinfection
- A requirement that face coverings extending over a visitor’s nose and mouth must be worn at all times
- Social distancing will be upheld through signage, visitor paths, and staff training;
- Coat and bag check will be closed
- Hand sanitizer stations will be available for use throughout the campus
- All employees will undergo daily wellness checksFlexible ticket rescheduling and rebooking as well as augmented online resources regarding exhibitions and collections will ensure that the measures taken to protect the well-being of staff and visitors are paired with a welcoming return to the galleries.Museum goers will have the opportunity to take a last look at Jean-Jacques Lequeu: Visionary Architect (closing September 13), The Book of Ruth: Medieval to Modern (closing October 4), and The Drawings of Al Taylor (closing September 13).
During the COVID-19 closure, the Morgan launched new online initiatives, talks, and programs, which will continue after the Morgan reopens its physical campus. The Morgan Connected, the Morgan’s online portal to its digital offerings, is updated weekly and provides details on the latest digital experiences developed for the Museums’ community, including virtual events, exhibitions, videos, collection items, digital facsimiles, blog posts, and more.
To reserve tickets, learn more about what will be on view and online, understand which amenities are available and read more about our safety protocols, visitors are encouraged to visit www.themorgan.org.
Exhibitions on View
Jean-Jacques Lequeu (1757–1826), The Great Yawner, n.d. Pen and black ink, brown wash, and red chalk. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des Estampes et de la photographie.
Jean-Jacques Lequeu: Visionary Architect.
Drawings from the Bibliothèque nationale de France
January 31 through September 13, 2020
Six months before he died in poverty and obscurity, architect and draftsman Jean‐Jacques Lequeu (1757– 1826) donated one more than 800 drawings, one of the most singular and fascinating graphic oeuvres of his time, to the French Royal Library. They remained there, in the institution that would become the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF). The Morgan Library & Museum is proud to be the first institution in New York City to present a selection of these works. Some sixty of these works, the best of Lequeu’s several hundred drawings, are now on view in Jean‐Jacques Lequeu: Visionary Architect, the first museum retrospective to bring significant public and scholarly attention to one of the most imaginative architects of the Enlightenment.
Lequeu’s meticulous drawings in pen and wash include highly detailed renderings of buildings and imaginary monuments populating invented landscapes. His mission was to see and describe everything systematically—from the animal to the organic, from erotic fantasy to his own visage. Solitary and obsessive, he created the fantastic worlds shown in his drawings without ever leaving his studio, and enriched them with characters and stories drawn from his library.
Jean-Jacques Lequeu: Visionary Architect is organized by the Morgan Library & Museum and the Bibiliothèque nationale de France with the cooperation of Paris Musées.
The exhibition was presented at the Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, from 11 December 2018 to 31 March 2019. Exhibition curators were Corinne Le Bitouzé and Christophe Leribault and scientific collaborators were Laurent Baridon, Jean- Philippe Garric, and Martial Guédron. The curator of the exhibition at the Morgan is Jennifer Tonkovich, Eugene and Clare Thaw Curator of Drawings and Prints.
The exhibition is made possible by generous support from the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, an anonymous donor, the Alex Gordon Fund for Exhibitions, and Aso O. Tavitian, with assistance from Robert Dance and Hubert and Mireille Goldschmidt.
Ruth Threshing and Bringing Grain to Naomi; Naomi Counseling Ruth, Crusader Bible, Paris, France, ca. 1250. The Morgan Library & Museum, MS M.638, fol. 18r (detail), purchased by J. P. Morgan, 1916.
The Book of Ruth: Medieval to Modern
February 14 through October 4, 2020
Famine and flight, emigration and immigration, foreignness: these are some of the societal issues touched upon by
the anonymous author of the Bible’s Book of Ruth, whose titular character was a great-grandmother of King David and, in the Christian tradition, an ancestor of Jesus Christ. This exhibition celebrates the 2018 gift by Joanna S. Rose of the Joanna S. Rose Illuminated Book of Ruth to the Morgan. The accordion-fold vellum manuscript, measuring nine inches tall and an amazing eighteen feet long, was designed and illuminated by New York artist Barbara Wolff, who worked on the project for two years (2015–17). The complete biblical text of the Book of Ruth is written in Hebrew on one side and in English on the other, the work of calligrapher Izzy Pludwinski. The Hebrew side features twenty colored illustrations and a continuous landscape, with accents and lettering in silver, gold, and platinum; the English side has forty images executed in black ink.
The Rose Book of Ruth is presented in conversation with twelve manuscripts, drawn from the Morgan’s holdings, that unfold the Christian traditions for illustrating the story of Ruth during the Middle Ages. Through the juxtaposition of the modern manuscript with these ancient works, which date from the twelfth to the fifteenth century and include three leaves from the Morgan’s famed Crusader Bible, the exhibition brings into focus the techniques of medieval illumination that inspired Wolff, as well as her inventive approach to iconography.
Al Taylor (1948-1999), Untitled (100% Hawaiian), 1994, gouache and graphite. The Morgan Library & Museum, Gift of Hamish Parker, 2019.53. Photography by Graham Haber. © 2019 The Estate of Al Taylor.
The Drawings of Al Taylor
February 21 through September 13, 2020
Active in New York in the 1980s and 1990s as a sculptor and draftsman, Al Taylor (1948–1999) found inspiration for his lyrical and witty compositions in banal objects and everyday situations. Driven by curiosity and a sense of humor, he drew maps of pet stains, imagined puddles hanging out to dry, and created elegant still-lifes out of assemblages of tin cans balanced on wires. During his short career, he produced more than five thousand drawings, in which he combined technical skills and Old Master virtuosity with conceptual strategies based on chance and graphic systems such as charts and diagrams. The exhibition and accompanying catalogue will bring to light new research based on the drawings, sketchbooks, and abundant documentation in the artist’s estate.
The programs of the Morgan Library & Museum are made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
The Book of Ruth: Medieval to Modern is made possible by Joanna S. Rose, the David Berg Foundation, Joshua W. Sommer, and the David Klein, Jr. Foundation.
The Drawings of Al Taylor is organized by the Morgan Library & Museum, New York. The exhibition is made possible by generous support from the Sherman Fairchild Fund for Exhibitions, the Ricciardi Family Exhibition Fund, Alyce Williams Toonk, the Robert Lehman Foundation, and David Zwirner.
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