The Morgan, Connected | June 20

The Morgan, Connected
Stay connected with us this summer by exploring our online exhibitions, virtual programs, and more. We’ve selected highlights for you below!Upcoming Exhibitions | Fall 2020

Preview our upcoming exhibitions featuring the work of Betye Saar, David Hockney, and more.
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From the Morgan Blog | Rick Barton: A Curatorial Serial, Part II

“What happens when the artist you’re researching has no documented life dates? When their work is not represented in museum collections? When many of the people most likely to have known them—or to know who they are—don’t? In this story, what began as an effort to catalog a new acquisition turned into a multiyear investigation of a profoundly obscure, but brilliantly idiosyncratic, draftsman. In this and subsequent blog posts, I will share the unique and unexpected circumstances surrounding one particular exhibition in progress.”
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From the Video Archives | Annibale Carracci at the Morgan: Drawings from the Artist’s Final Period

The most famous achievement of Annibale Carracci (1560–1609) is his celebrated series of frescoes in the Palazzo Farnese in Rome (1596–1604). The unveiling of the Galleria Farnese’s ceiling led to a growing stream of artistic commissions from Cardinal Farnese and other patrons, all eager to secure works by the artist. However, the severe mental and physical breakdown that Annibale suffered in early 1605 made it impossible for him to undertake new projects, and few works are known from the last years of his life other than some etchings and some remarkable—and too often underrated—drawings. This lecture aims to take a fresh look at these late drawings of one of Italy’s foremost draftsmen, highlighting some well-known works as well as other, less familiar sheets from the Morgan and elsewhere. 
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The Collection In Focus | Bust of Belle da Costa Greene

This terra-cotta bust of Belle da Costa Greene was recently rediscovered in the Estate of Jo Davidson. Like many of Davidson’s portraits, it was probably not a commission but one of the busts he made when he encountered people whose face he found interesting. Davidson may have met Belle Greene through publisher and bibliophile Mitchell Kennerley, who was a close friend of both of them, especially in the mid-1920s. This is the only known sculpted portrait of the first director of the Morgan Library.
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Upcoming Virtual Programs | Live Video Learning with Curators, Docents, and Education Staff

Join our Morgan curators, docents, and education staff as they guide you on up-close virtual explorations inspired by the institution’s treasured collection.

June 23, 11:30 AMMorgan Bookmarks: A Family Art Experience, Part 2. In this second session, continue to explore the incredible ceilings of the J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library, where the gods of Greek mythology are paired with Zodiac signs. Discover the hidden horoscope of J.P. Morgan and learn where to find your own birth sign. 

June 24, 3 PMSublime Ideas: Drawings by Giovanni Battista Piranesi. John Marciari, head of the Morgan’s Department of Drawings, presents drawings ranging across the artist’s career, including early architectural caprices, studies for prints, measured design drawings, sketches for a range of decorative objects, a variety of figural drawings, and views of Rome and Pompeii.

SOLD OUT June 26, 12:30 PMTreasures from the Permanent Collection: An Interactive Spotlight Tour.

Additional programs are available exclusively to Morgan Members. Please email or visit our website to join.
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June 25, 4 PMThe Materials of Medieval Manuscripts, with Frank Trujillo, Drue Heinz Book Conservator, and Joshua O’Driscoll, Assistant Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts.

July 2, 4 PMArtist Letters, with Philip Palmer, Robert H. Taylor Curator and Department Head, Literary and Historical Manuscripts, and Jennifer Tonkovich, Eugene and Clare Thaw Curator, Drawings and Prints.

July 16, 4 PMExhibition Preview: Betye Saar, with Rachel Federman, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Drawings. 
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Our digital programs are offered free of cost to the public. If you are able, please consider supporting the Morgan, our collection, and programming, by making a donation in any amount. 
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