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“A Gem of a Collection at Morgan Dazzles With Light”

The Morgan Library & Museum
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Ranked #38 of 1,151 things to do in New York City
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Just a short walk from Grand Central and Penn Station, the Morgan is a major exhibition venue for fine art, literature, and music, one of New York's great historic sites, and a wonderful place to dine, shop, and attend a concert or film.
Reviewed 28 August 2014

Proving that art is more than pretty pictures, an exhibit (really more of an experience) in the atrium of Morgan Library in Manhattan proved to be totally enchanting.

Artist Spencer Finch has created a work that plays with light for a very specific purpose tied in to the raison d'etre of the Morgan, which features rare medieval manuscripts and art. Based on the medieval Book of Hours theme, tiny images in a prayer book would guide the reader in appropriate prayers for that time of day.

So, as the light from the outside of the Morgan shifts with the sun's movement, an elaborate scheme broadcasts the light in changing patterns at different times of day. (I'm not saying I could "read" these patterns, but I'm no medieval scholar). The work is titled "A Certain Slant of Light", referencing (I would assume) the poem by Emily Dickinson.
The work can be viewed from the ground level, but even more interesting is the view from the upper level balcony (center). Also at the Morgan, you can see the restored library rooms featuring J. P. Morgan's collection of rare books. Another artwork which astounded me was the 12th C. Stavelot triptych, which contains what is believed to be a piece of the "true cross" . Amazing!

Thank DelawareToni
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Reviewed 26 August 2014

Interesting collection - fascinating. Small enough to enjoy and was not teeming with tourists. Very impressive and beautiful. Worth checking out!

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Reviewed 25 August 2014

A friend recommended the Morgan, and I'm so glad she did! The collection reminds me of a small National Archives. I highly recommend picking up a free headset tour because you learn a lot. The rooms are lined with some of Morgan's rare book collection while many original manuscripts, holy books, musical drafts, and much more are on display in the rooms. The security guards/docents are also full of additional information. There is also an exhibit on Genius with items from others' collections that is also a must-see. This visit is also very affordable. What a gem!

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Reviewed 20 August 2014

I had a free hour in New York and chose to spend it here on the recommendation of a friend whose opinion I trust. Great decision! My only regret is that my time restriction made me have to dash through the exhibits much too quickily.

I'll be returning some time to spend time in the cafe and linger over the exhibits. The Bodleian exhibit was on display when I came and I happened to arrive in the gallery when there was a tour going on. I unabashedly eavesdropped on the docent, who provided background information that contextualized the display marvellously. Her remarks aimed at both the complete novice and the more informed visitor.

The exhibit included a good variety of documents, and compared favorably with a similar exhibit I enjoyed at the British Library last year. I enjoyed (all too quickly) many of the other exhibits, especially the miniatures. The gift shop was wonderful, albeit a tad pricey. Signage was very subtle, to the point where I stood there with a map and stared at the wall trying to find the restroom.

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Reviewed 18 August 2014

It´s a great old house that describes the wealth of some of the New Yorkers at that time. The collection of Gutenberg bibles is great and also Phoebus hunting diary.

Thank Lars P
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