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We're proud to announce our first-ever culinary collaboration with hospitality leader, long-time food advocate, and James Beard Award-winning Chef Tom Colicchio. . Starting this fall, dining at the Morgan will feature new dishes and cocktails curated exclusively for the museum’s dining spaces—the Morgan Café and the Morgan Dining Room. . Check out @themorgandining for more about our dining options! . . . 📸: Vincent Tullo for The New York Times ( @nytimes)

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"Verdi: Creating Otello and Falstaff—Highlights from the Ricordi Archive," opening September 6, offers visitors insight into the production of Verdi's "Otello" and "Falstaff."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Set designs, costumes from Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, autograph manuscripts, contracts, publications, publicity, video excerpts from recent productions, and other objects in many media enable visitors to experience the tremendous collaborative efforts behind an operatic production.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Learn more: link in bio.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pietro Tempestini (1843–1917), Verdi à Montecatini Terme, 1899, courtesy of Bertelsmann / Archivio Storico Ricordi, Milan, and Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901) sketches for Otello, act 3, scene 5, 1887(?), The Morgan Library & Museum, Cary 208. @archivioricordi ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "Verdi: Creating Otello and Falstaff—Highlights from the Ricordi Archive" is organized by the Morgan Library & Museum, New York in collaboration with the Bertelsmann/Ricordi Archive.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Lead funding for this exhibition is generously provided by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.

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Did you know Maurice Sendak had a second career as designer for the opera and ballet? . Explore nearly 150 drawings from Morgan’s collection of over 900 by the beloved children’s book curator. . On view | Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak’s Designs for Opera and Ballet . . . Maurice Sendak (1928-2012), Study for Wild Things costume, with notes (Where the Wild Things Are), 1979, watercolor, pen and ink, and graphite pencil on paper. © The Maurice Sendak Foundation. The Morgan Library & Museum, Bequest of Maurice Sendak, 2013.103:19. . Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak’s Designs for Opera and Ballet is made possible with generous support from the Rita Markus Fund for Exhibitions, The Maurice Sendak Foundation, the Caroline Morgan Macomber Fund, Rudy and Sally Ruggles, and the David Berg Foundation, with assistance from Marilyn J. Friedland. #morganlibrary #sendak #mauricesendak #wherethewildthingsare

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Last chance! “Among Others: Photography and the Group” closes Sunday (that’s tomorrow!). . This exhibition, curated by @fcdorenbaum and Joel Smith, explores the “group” portrait. . . . Harry M. Callahan (1912-1999), Collage, Chicago, 1957, gelatin silver print. The Morgan Library & Museum, Gift of Richard and Ronay Menschel, 2014.100. © The Estate of Harry Callahan; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York. . Among Others: Photography and the Group is made possible by The Thompson Family Foundation.

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Anyone read Sumerian for our #FunFindFriday? . Performance and video artist Ayam Yaldo ( @ayamluvshrimpnwhitewine) spent some time in the Reading Room last week studying ancient Mesopotamian art – including this foundation tablet of King Ur-Nammu as well as cylinder seal impressions – for her research on identity, land, and heritage. . Just in case your Sumerian is a little rusty, the inscription reads: "Ur-Namma, king of Ur, king of Sumer and Akkad, the one who built the temple of Enlil.” . Learn more about the tablet (and zoom in and rotate it!) at the link in our bio, and get a closer look at the many cylinder seals on display in the North Room on your next visit. . 1. Stone foundation tablet inscribed with the name and titles of King Ur-Namma in Sumerian, Mesopotamia, Third Dynasty of Ur, 21st c. [between 2112-2095] BCE, MLC 2629. 2. Researcher studying impressions of cylinder seals in the Reading Room. . #MorganLibrary #MorganLibraryReadingRoom #IGlibraries #ig_libraries #LibrariesOfInstagram #SpecialCollections #fbf #FlashBackFriday

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😍😍😍 . . . 📸: @pallavisangtani

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This is the butterfly that appears in the photograph of Walt Whitman taken around 1877 (swipe to view!). . The photograph with the butterfly was one of Whitman’s favorite portraits of himself, and he was fond of sowing confusion about whether or not the butterfly was real. . He once told his friend and literary executor Horace Traubel, “the picture is substantially literal: we were good friends: I had quite the in-and-out of taming, or fraternizing with, some of the insects.” . On view | Walt Whitman: Bard of Democracy . . . Walt Whitman's cardboard butterfly, 1850. Manuscript Division, Thomas Biggs Harned Collection of Walt Whitman Papers, Library of Congress. Image provided courtesy of the Library of Congress. . Phillips & Taylor, Photograph of Walt Whitman, 1873. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. Image provided courtesy of the Library of Congress. . Lead sponsor: Calamus Foundation. Walt Whitman: Bard of Democracy is also made possible with generous support from the Gilder Foundation, the Charina Endowment Fund, Joshua W. Sommer, and The Themis Anastasia Brown Fund, and assistance from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Susan Jaffe Tane, and Christian Keesee.

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What’s on at the Morgan? Explore our Fall 2019 Programs line-up—from artist talks to concerts to seminars. Tickets on sale now!

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Final call! “Among Others: Photography and the Group” closes Sunday! . From posed group portraits and candid street scenes to collages, constructions, and serial imagery, photographers have used many methods to put people in a shared frame of reference.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . “Among Others: Photography and the Group" brings together over 60 exceptional works from the 1860s to the present that explore the complexity of a type of image often taken for granted: the group portrait. . Drawn primarily from the Morgan’s collection, the works in the exhibition include images by Amy Arbus, Eve Arnold, Robert Frank, Peter Hujar, and August Sander.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . . Bob Adelman, People Wall, World's Fair, New York, 1965, gelatin silver print. The Morgan Library & Museum, Purchased as the gift of Nancy and Burton Staniar, 2015.131. © Bob Adelman Estate.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The exhibition is made possible by the support of The Thompson Family Foundation, Inc.

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An American poet at last! . On view | Walt Whitman: Bard of Democracy . . . Walt Whitman (1819-1892), An American Poet at Last!, self-review, Brooklyn, 1855. The Library of Congress. Image provided courtesy of the Library of Congress. . Lead sponsor: The Calmus Foundation Walt Whitman: Bard of Democracy is also made possible with generous support from the Gilder Foundation, the Charina Endowment Fund, Joshua W. Sommer, and The Themis Anastasia Brown Fund, and assistance from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Susan Jaffe Tane, and Christian Keesee.

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Distance – is not the Realm of Fox Nor by Relay of Bird Abated – Distance is Until thyself, Beloved. —Emily Dickinson . . . “Distance – is not the Realm of Fox” Poem sent to Susan Dickinson, signed and dated ca. 1870. The Morgan Library & Museum, gift of Mrs. J. Ramsay Hunt, 1950. #poetry #emilydickinson

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It’s #BookLoversDay, and around here, there’s a lot to love! . Our Head of Reader Services (@la_bibliotecologa) and our Reader Services Librarian (@polly__belinda) are paging rare books from the shelves of the 2nd and 3rd levels of J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library (accessed via a hidden staircase!) for researchers in the Reading Room. This usually happens when the museum is closed, but you might get lucky and see it in action on your next visit! . Learn more about the Reading Room and how you can visit: link in bio. . . . #MorganLibrary #MorganLibraryReadingRoom #SpecialCollections #LibrariesOfInstagram #IGlibraries #LibraryShelfie #Shelfie

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Louis the Dog, our Director of Morale (and the dog of museum director, Colin B. Bailey), was inspired by “Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak’s Designs for Opera and Ballet.” Ideas of which character he dressed up as? . . . Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak’s Designs for Opera and Ballet is made possible with generous support from the Rita Markus Fund for Exhibitions, The Maurice Sendak Foundation, the Caroline Morgan Macomber Fund, Rudy and Sally Ruggles, and the David Berg Foundation, with assistance from Marilyn J. Friedland. #dog #instadog #wherethewildthingsare

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"Shall I learn to be good? I will sit here and think it over."—Mark Twain. . In this series of 7 photographs, taken in 1906, the author relaxes in a rocking chair on a porch in Dublin, New Hampshire, smoking a cigar. . Twain's accompanying note explained that the series "registers with scientific precision, stage by stage, the progress of a moral purpose through the mind of the human race's Oldest Friend."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ See the entire photo series: link in bio.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Albert Bigelow Paine (1861–1937). Purchased on the John F. Fleming Fund, 2008; MA 7253,

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"You wanna fly, you got to give up the s**t that weighs you down." —Toni Morrison . . . 📸: Toni Morrison speaks at “Mark Twain: A Skeptic’s Progress” panel at the Morgan, September 28, 2010. ©️The Morgan Library & Museum. Photography by Graham S. Haber, 2010.

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Ragamala paintings are poetic renderings of the 6 musical modes of Indian music (ragas), which are personified by male deities. In a typical album, depictions of each are followed by 6 female personifications, conveying a range of moods, like this ragini.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Explore our collection of Indian miniatures online: link in bio.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Kāmod Rāgiṇī, from a Rāgamāla series, India, ca. 1750. Gift of Paul F. Walter, 1978. MS M.997.

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Often overshadowed by J. Pierpont Morgan’s over-the-top Library and Study, the North Room (also referred to as the Librarian’s Office), is both intimate and equally stunning. . It now houses the Morgan’s treasure trove of Ancient Near Eastern seals and tablets; Egyptian, Greek, and Roman sculpture; and jeweled early medieval objects.

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As one of the pioneers of Conceptual art, Sol LeWitt (1928–2007) first became famous for his three-dimensional structures based on variations on the square and the cube. . Turning to drawing shortly after, LeWitt radically transformed the medium through innovative approaches such as drawing directly on the wall. . See “Wall Drawing 552D” in Gilbert Court! . Sol LeWitt (1928–2007), Wall Drawing 552D, A tilted form with color ink washes superimposed, 1987, color ink wash. Gift of the LeWitt Family in Honor of Richard and Ronay Menschel. © 2018 The LeWitt Estate / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. . . . Installation made possible by the Charina Endowment Fund. 📸: @grace_k_g

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Happy Birthday, James Baldwin! We ❤️ libraries, too! . To celebrate this literary icon, civil rights activist, and gay rights activist, who was born #OnThisDay in 1924, our Reading Room has selected a few items from The Paris Review Archives housed at the Morgan. . Baldwin was interviewed by the literary magazine for its Spring 1984 issue (no. 91), but the excerpt from the transcript shown here was not included in full in the publication! . To learn more about The Paris Review Archives, see the link in our bio. . 1. The Paris Review Archives, MA 5040, Box 20, Photographs Series. 2. The Paris Review Archives, MA 5040, Paris Review Issue 91 (Spring 1984). 3. The Paris Review Archives, MA 5040, Audio Box 1, James Baldwin interview cassette tapes. 4. The Paris Review Archives, MA 5040, Box 12, James Baldwin interview transcript. . . . #MorganLibrary #MorganLibraryReadingRoom #IGlibraries #ig_libraries #LibrariesOfInstagram #SpecialCollections #fbf #FlashBackFriday #JamesBaldwin #CivilRights #otd #LGBTQ #GayRights

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Morgan curator @bookishjohn: . “Today I’m working on our copy of St. Augustine’s De civitate Dei, printed by Nicholas Jenson in Venice in 1475 (PML 310, purchased by Pierpont Morgan with the Irwin collection in 1900). . “Our copy is printed on vellum with illuminations by Girolamo de Cremona for Giovanni Mocenigo, the doge of Venice. In the details you can clearly see Girolamo’s exquisitely fine brushwork and the short hatching used to create the 3-dimensional effect on the fictive jewels and sculptural forms, even down to the details on the initials. . “The entire work, printing to hand decoration, is a beautiful example of renaissance craftsmanship.” . . . 📸: @bookishjohn #morganlibrary #bookstagram #venezia #rarebooks #incunabula #pearls #jewels #initials #gold #mocenigo #deer #staugustine

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#celebsinwater . . . John Tenniel (1820-1914), Pool of Tears, hand-colored proof. The Morgan Library & Museum, Gift of Arthur A. Houghton, Jr., 1987. 2005.193. #aliceinwonderland #morganlibrary #pool @nymag

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“I have an unshakable faith in the people I steal from.” —Maurice Sendak . 1. Maurice Sendak (1928-2012), Design for show curtain (The Love for Three Oranges), 1981, watercolor and graphite pencil on paper. © The Maurice Sendak Foundation. The Morgan Library & Museum, Bequest of Maurice Sendak, 2013.106:167. Photography by Janny Chiu. . 2. Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (1727 - 1804), Scene of Contemporary Life: The Chaperoned Visit, ca. 1791, pen and brown-black ink and wash over black chalk. Thaw Collection, The Morgan Library & Museum, 2017.255. Photography by Steven H. Crossot. . On view | Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak's Designs for Opera and Ballet . . . Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak’s Designs for Opera and Ballet is made possible with generous support from the Rita Markus Fund for Exhibitions, The Maurice Sendak Foundation, the Caroline Morgan Macomber Fund, Rudy and Sally Ruggles, and the David Berg Foundation, with assistance from Marilyn J. Friedland.

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Belle da Costa Greene was one of the most prominent American librarians and cultural leaders of the first half of the 20th century. . The daughter of educator, diplomat, and activist Richard Theodore Greener, the first Black graduate of Harvard College, Greene grew up in a community of color in Washington, DC. She ultimately chose to pass as white, dropping the final “r” from her surname and adopting the middle name da Costa. . For 43 years—19 as the Morgans’ private librarian and 24 as this institution's first director—Greene presided over this grand library. . She built one of the country’s finest collections of rare books and manuscripts in a landscape dominated by white male booksellers, art dealers, and scholars. . This bust by the American artist Jo Davidson is the only known sculpted portrait of Greene and one of the few surviving life portraits of her in any medium. . . . Jo Davidson (1883–1952) Belle da Costa Greene, 1925 Terra-cotta Purchased on the Charles Ryskamp Fund, 2018.

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Start off your workweek swinging. . Join us Monday, 3:30 PM EST, for an InstaLive tour of “Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak’s Designs for Opera and Ballet,” with curator Rachel Federman. . . . Maurice Sendak (1928-2012), Study for stage set #10 (Where the Wild Things Are), 1979-1983, watercolor, pen and ink, and graphite pencil on paper. © The Maurice Sendak Foundation. The Morgan Library & Museum, Bequest of Maurice Sendak, 2013.103:52. . Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak’s Designs for Opera and Ballet is made possible with generous support from the Rita Markus Fund for Exhibitions, The Maurice Sendak Foundation, the Caroline Morgan Macomber Fund, Rudy and Sally Ruggles, and the David Berg Foundation, with assistance from Marilyn J. Friedland.

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💐💐💐 . On view | A New Yorker Bouquet . . . George Booth (b. 1926) “Drawing for the cover of the 4 February 1974 Issue of The New Yorker, dated 10 April 1973.” The Melvin R. Seiden Collection. Used with permission of George Booth/CartoonCollections.com . Barbara Shermund (1899–1978), “She got married and she’s awfully blue about it.” Drawing for cartoon published in the 12 December 1931 issue of The New Yorker. The Melvin R. Seiden Collection. Used with permission of Barbara Shermund/CartoonCollections.com @newyorkermag

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@icr_icc enjoying the weather and surveying the loggia ceiling of J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library. . 📸: @icr_icc #regram . J. Pierpont Morgan's Library is the heart of the Morgan campus, and is undergoing a $12.5 million exterior restoration—the first comprehensive restoration of the landmark Library’s exterior in its 112-year history. . It will conserve one of the finest examples of Neoclassical architecture in the United States, enhance the grounds surrounding the Library, improve the lighting of the building, and increase public access and appreciation of this historic architectural treasure. . . . Major corporate sponsor @morgan.stanley. Lead funding provided by Katharine J. Rayner, the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, Inc., Annette de la Renta, and the Charina Endowment Fund. #morganlibrary #nyc #architecture

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Calling all “Puzzle Bugs”! . For July’s @iglibraries #WednesdayChallenge #bugginout sponsored by @sutrolibrary our Reading Room found this fun “Humdinger Puzzle” from the late 19th century. How quick can you do it? . Swipe to learn more about the game. . . . Humdinger Puzzle for Puzzle Bugs, (ca. 1880-1900), PML 88564. . #morganlibrary #morganlibraryreadingroom #iglibraries #ig_libraries #librariesofinstagram #specialcollections #challengewednesday

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This humble notebook contains a crucial clue to Whitman’s development. It begins with conventional sentences and paragraphs filled with Whitman’s thoughts about a broad range of topics. Then, halfway through, he finds a new voice, experimenting with an “I” that appears dramatically in a passage about slavery. With these disconnected lines, written quickly,a new kind of poetry came into existence, unlike anything that had gone before. .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On view | Walt Whitman: Bard of Democracy⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Walt Whitman (1819-1892), Notebook with trial lines for Leaves of Grass, circa 1847-1854. The Library of Congress. Image provided courtesy of the Library of Congress. .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Lead sponsor: The Calmus Foundation. "Walt Whitman: Bard of Democracy" is also made possible with generous support from the Gilder Foundation, the Charina Endowment Fund, Joshua W. Sommer, and The Themis Anastasia Brown Fund, and assistance from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Susan Jaffe Tane, and Christian Keesee.

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Monday mood. . On view | Hogarth: Cruelty and Humor . William Hogarth (1697–1764), Third Stage of Cruelty (Cruelty in Perfection), 1750–51, detail, red chalk, with traces of graphite; incised with stylus and squared for transfer in graphite. Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913) in 1909. The Morgan Library & Museum, III, 32d. . . . Hogarth: Cruelty and Humor is made possible with generous support from Joshua W. Sommer and Alyce Williams Toonk, with assistance from the Alex Gordon Fund for Exhibitions and Raphael and Jane Bernstein. #monday #mondaymood #hogarth

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Tiger Boy (center) was one of two characters that Maurice Sendak originated for his version of "Nutcracker." The tiger’s red cap masks the dancer’s torso and head.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On view | Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak's Designs for Opera and Ballet⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Tiger Boy costume from the Kent Stowell and Maurice Sendak collaboration for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker, 1983. Courtesy Pacific Northwest Ballet.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak’s Designs for Opera and Ballet is made possible with generous support from the Rita Markus Fund for Exhibitions, The Maurice Sendak Foundation, the Caroline Morgan Macomber Fund, Rudy and Sally Ruggles, and the David Berg Foundation, with assistance from Marilyn J. Friedland.

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From the archives: “By order of Presidential Mandate…MRS. MARTIN EGAN is hereby conferred…Brilliant Order of Kindness and Benevolence” (Republic of China, 1921) . Eleanor Franklin Egan (1879-1925) was a political journalist known for her WWI coverage, especially in Iraq and India. She even survived a torpedo attack in 1915! Her work related to the 1920-21 famine in China earned her this special award given to women by the Ministry of the Interior. . Historian Sharmishtha Roy Chowdhury recently visited the Reading Room to explore this archival material. Read her full blog post to learn more about Egan: link in bio. … 1. ARC 1222, Box 17. Martin Egan Papers. Certificate issued to Eleanor Franklin Egan by the Ministry of the Interior from the Republic of China, 1921. 2. ARC 1222, Box 18. Martin Egan Papers. Eleanor Franklin Egan's passport. #flashbackfriday #fbf #morganlibrary #morganlibraryreadingroom #specialcollections #librariesofinstagram #iglibraries #archives #archivesofinstagram #archivistlife

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The Charles Follen McKim 1906 maquette for J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library, and J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library as seen last spring. Happy #tbt ! . J. Pierpont Morgan's Library is the heart of the Morgan campus, and is undergoing a $12.5 million exterior restoration—the first comprehensive restoration of the landmark Library’s exterior in its 112-year history. . It will conserve one of the finest examples of Neoclassical architecture in the United States, enhance the grounds surrounding the Library, improve the lighting of the building, and increase public access and appreciation of this historic architectural treasure. . . . Major corporate sponsor @morgan.stanley. Lead funding provided by Katharine J. Rayner, the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, Inc., Annette de la Renta, and the Charina Endowment Fund. #morganlibrary #nyc #architecture

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This Friday, 6 to 9 PM, join us for a FREE evening of revelry inspired by the Gin Craze of the 1750s! Enjoy gin-inspired bites and craft cocktails at Morgan Café (available for purchase), curatorial talks in the exhibition “Hogarth: Cruelty and Humor,” and a screening of the 1946 film "Bedlam" (inspired by William Hogarth’s "A Rake's Progress"). Learn more: link in bio.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ William Hogarth (1697–1764), Gin Street, 1750–51, red chalk, some graphite, on paper, incised with stylus. The Morgan Library & Museum, Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913) in 1909. Photography Steven H. Crossot, 2014. #morganlibrary #gin #hogarth @themorgandining

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Stop into the Morgan Café after your visit to the exhibition "Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak's Designs for Opera and Ballet" for a special Sendak-inspired treat! Storyboard Sweets includes a Buttercream Bed Cake, Hand-painted Sailboat Sweet, Moishe Clementine Panna Cotta, and a Mini Milkshake. Learn more about our @themorgandining options: link in bio.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak’s Designs for Opera and Ballet" is made possible with generous support from the Rita Markus Fund for Exhibitions, The Maurice Sendak Foundation, the Caroline Morgan Macomber Fund, Rudy and Sally Ruggles, and the David Berg Foundation, with assistance from Marilyn J. Friedland.

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Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (1591–1666), known as Guercino, was arguably the most interesting and diverse draftsman of the Italian Baroque era, a natural virtuoso who created brilliant drawings in a broad range of media. "Guercino: Virtuoso Draftsman," opening October 4, highlights the richness of the Morgan’s collection, and offers an overview of Guercino’s brilliance as a draftsman across a career that spanned half a century.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Learn more: link in bio.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called Il Guercino (1591–1666), Vision of St. Philip Neri, 1646–47, pen and brown ink, with brown wash. The Morgan Library & Museum, gift of János Scholz, 1977.49.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The exhibition is made possible with generous support from the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust.

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Since the early 1960s, Duane Michals has worked past what he sees as the limitations of the camera: he writes in the margins of his prints, creates sequences of images that explore intangible human dilemmas (doubt, mortality, desire), and derives poetic effects from technical errors such as double exposure and motion blur. "Illusions of the Photographer: Duane Michals at the Morgan" combines a full career retrospective with an artist’s-choice show, as Michals plumbs the Morgan’s vaults for treasures both revered and long-forgotten.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Learn more: link in bio.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Duane Michals (b. 1932), The Illuminated Man, 1968. Gelatin silver print. Purchased on the Photography Collectors Committee Fund 2018.37. © Duane Michals, Courtesy of DC Moore Gallery, NY.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Illusions of the Photographer: Duane Michals at the Morgan is made possible by the support of the Thompson Family Foundation.

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John Singer Sargent (1856–1925) was one of the greatest portrait artists of his time. While he is best known for his powerful paintings, he largely ceased painting portraits in 1907 and turned instead to charcoal drawings to satisfy portrait commissions. These drawn portraits represent a substantial, yet often overlooked, part of his practice, and they demonstrate the same sense of immediacy, psychological sensitivity, and mastery of chiaroscuro that animate Sargent’s sitters on canvas. Opening October 4, "John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Charcoal" is a long overdue celebration of Sargent’s achievements as a portrait draftsman.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Learn more: link in bio.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ John Singer Sargent, Sybil Sassoon, later Marchioness of Chomondeley, 1912, charcoal, Private Collection.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The exhibition is made possible with lead funding from the Jerome L. Greene Foundation. Corporate Sponsor: @morganstanley. Generous support is provided by The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, Inc., Katharine J. Rayner, The Christian Humann Foundation, and Barbara G. Fleischman, with assistance from the Wyeth Foundation for American Art.

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"Verdi: Creating Otello and Falstaff—Highlights from the Ricordi Archive," opening September 6, offers visitors insight into the production of Verdi's "Otello" and "Falstaff."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Set designs, costumes from Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, autograph manuscripts, contracts, publications, publicity, video excerpts from recent productions, and other objects in many media enable visitors to experience the tremendous collaborative efforts behind an operatic production.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Learn more: link in bio.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pietro Tempestini (1843–1917), Verdi à Montecatini Terme, 1899, courtesy of Bertelsmann / Archivio Storico Ricordi, Milan, and Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901) sketches for Otello, act 3, scene 5, 1887(?), The Morgan Library & Museum, Cary 208. @archivioricordi ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "Verdi: Creating Otello and Falstaff—Highlights from the Ricordi Archive" is organized by the Morgan Library & Museum, New York in collaboration with the Bertelsmann/Ricordi Archive.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Lead funding for this exhibition is generously provided by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.

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The Connoisseur Pass is back! This summer, visit the Morgan, the @neuegalerieny, and the @frickcollection for only $45! .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Learn more: link in bio.

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✨ Catalogue Giveaway! ✨ . Tell us your favorite Maurice Sendak creation below for a chance to win the exhibition catalogue to “Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak’s Designs for Opera and Ballet,” now on view! . Winner will be randomly selected and notified via DM tomorrow at 12 PM EST. . Good luck! . . . #mauricesendak #morganlibrary #giveaway

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A few months after the death of Joseph Stalin in March 1953, the Main Building of Moscow State Lomonosov University was completed. . The tallest structure in the Soviet Union, it provided a valuable symbol of optimism and progress, as evidenced by this composite image from the files of Red Star, a newspaper published by the Ministry of Defense. . The cheerful lineup of comrades in the foreground was cut out and pasted onto a photograph of the Main Building. The group has been so heavily overpainted that it is unclear whether its members existed anywhere, let alone at this location. .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On view | Among Others: Photography and the Group .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photographer Unidentified, Group at the Main Building, Moscow State University, after 1953, gelatin silver print and mixed media. The Morgan Library & Museum, Purchased as the gift of Peter J. Cohen, 2018.129.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Among Others: Photography and the Group is made possible by The Thompson Family Foundation.

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In case you were wondering, “little rabbits cannot afford to spend 6 shillings on one book” (according to Beatrix Potter)! . In this illustrated letter dated March 13, 1900, Potter also tells how she “went to the Reading Room at the British Museum…to see a delightful old book full of rhymes.” . A researcher recently came to *our* Reading Room to examine this letter, which is part of a (high-reserve) collection of 12 letters from Beatrix Potter, for an upcoming “Alice in Wonderland” exhibition @vamuseum. . Learn more about using our Reading Room: link in bio. . MA 2009.12, Beatrix Potter, Autograph letter: London, to "my dear Marjory" Moore, 1900 Mar. 13.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #morganlibrary #morganlibraryreadingroom #manuscriptmonday #specialcollections #librariesofinstagram #iglibraries #beatrixpotter

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In 1871, Walt Whitman published an 84-page pamphlet titled “Democratic Vistas.” . “Never was there, perhaps, more hollowness at heart than at present,” Whitman lamented, adding, “genuine belief seems to have left us.” . He offered a long catalogue of democracy’s disappointments, including “vulgarians,” “the depravity of the business classes,” “savage, wolfish parties,” “half-brain’d nominees,” and a pervasive “meanness.” . On view | Walt Whitman: The Bard of Democracy . Walt Whitman (1819-1892), Draft of preface for Democratic Vistas, circa 1871, autograph manuscript. The Library of Congress. Image provided courtesy of the Library of Congress. . . . Lead sponsor: Calamus Foundation. Walt Whitman: Bard of Democracy is also made possible with generous support from the Gilder Foundation, the Charina Endowment Fund, Joshua W. Sommer, and The Themis Anastasia Brown Fund, and assistance from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Susan Jaffe Tane, and Christian Keesee. #waltwhitman #whitman #poetry

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William Hogarth’s ode to the invigorating benefits of English-brewed beer—in contrast to the devastating effects of gin, with its high alcohol content—features a cobbler and a pair of fishwives along with a group of laborers outside a tavern. . In the background, a city square is under construction, and a group of roofers raise their hats as they drink a salute to the king. . On view | Hogarth: Cruelty and Humor . . . William Hogarth (1697–1764), Beer Street, 1750–51, red chalk with graphite and pen and brown ink; incised with stylus; verso rubbed with red chalk for transfer. Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913) in 1909, The Morgan Library & Museum, III, 37. . Hogarth: Cruelty and Humor is made possible with generous support from Joshua W. Sommer and Alyce Williams Toonk, with assistance from the Alex Gordon Fund for Exhibitions and Raphael and Jane Bernstein. #morganlibrary #beer #hogarth #morgandrawings

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Maurice Sendak called Mozart “the artist I most admire in the whole world” and considered “The Magic Flute” “one of the great works of art of all history.” . In his designs for the “Magic Flute” (and other operas), it was typical of Sendak to combine a range of sources into a single work. . Here, he did so here by mixing Christian and Masonic symbolism with imagery borrowed from the Romantics as well as from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. . On view | Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak's Designs for Opera and Ballet . . . Maurice Sendak (1928-2012), Design for Temple of the Sun, finale II (The Magic Flute), 1979-1980, watercolor and graphite pencil on paper on board. © The Maurice Sendak Foundation. The Morgan Library & Museum, Bequest of Maurice Sendak, 2013.104:124. . . "Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak’s Designs for Opera and Ballet" is made possible with generous support from the Rita Markus Fund for Exhibitions, The Maurice Sendak Foundation, the Caroline Morgan Macomber Fund, Rudy and Sally Ruggles, and the David Berg Foundation, with assistance from Marilyn J. Friedland. #MorganLibrary #Sendak

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Happy Fourth of July from the Reading Room! 🎉 . The “original Rough draught” of the Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson in June 1776, shows many edits made by Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and others. . Zoom in/swipe to see one of Jefferson’s later indications of Franklin’s edits: “…when a long train of abuses…evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government…” . Although convincing, this is only a facsimile engraving of the early draft —as you might guess, the original manuscript is housed @librarycongress! . MA 554.64, Facsimile engraving of draft of the Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia, 1829, part of MA 554.1-59, Signers of the Declaration of Independence: collection of autograph letters and documents, 1749-1812. #morganlibrary #morganlibraryreadingroom #iglibraries #librariesofinstagram #throwbackthursday #tbt #specialcollections #independenceday #fourthofjuly

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Long weekend inspiration courtesy J. Pierpont Morgan and Charles Follen McKim. . P.S. we’re open on the 4th! 🇺🇸 . 📸: @notenoughangers #morganlibrary

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When she made this portrait, Amy Arbus was regularly contributing street-fashion photographs to the Village Voice under the series title On the Street. . A friend who worked for Martin Scorsese phoned to suggest she visit Times Square, where a scene was being shot for The King of Comedy (1982). . She chanced upon a photogenic group that included—unbeknownst to her—members of the band the Clash. . The combination of a helpful tip, good timing, and conveniently chic subjects resulted in this candid yet styled group portrait. . On View | Among Others: Photography and the Group . Amy Arbus (b. 1954), The Clash, NYC, 1981, gelatin silver print. The Morgan Library & Museum, Gift of Amy Arbus, 2018.74 Copyright © Amy Arbus. #amyarbus #theclash #streetwear #streetphotography #nyc.#morganlibrary

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Welcome to July (circa 1515)! . . . Da Costa hours, Illuminated by Simon Bening (1483/84–1561), Ghent, Belgium, ca. 1515. Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913), 1910, MS M.399, fol. 8v. #morganlibrary #july #summer

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Happy Pride! ... #morganlibrary #pride 🏳️‍🌈