A visit to the Morgan, at 225 Madison Ave., presents the opportunity to see two incredible, and incredibly different, exhibitions. First up, Alfred Jarry: The Carnival of Being, a look at the subversive works and personality of the French writer Alfred Jarry (1873–1907), who played a crucial role in the transition from the nineteenth-century avant-garde to the emergent modernist movements of the early twentieth century. Second, The Book of Ruth: Medieval to Modern presents the Rose Book of Ruth, designed and illuminated by New York artist Barbara Wolff between 2015 and 2017, in conversation with twelve manuscripts, drawn from the Morgan's holdings. Of course while you're there, enjoy two exhibitions of drawings—Jean-Jacques Lequeu: Visionary Architect and The Drawings of Al Taylor.
Courtesy of The Morgan Library & Museum, gift of Robert J. and Linda Klieger Stillman, 2017. PML 197035. Photography by Janny Chiu.
The current exhibition should be a big hit with Rare Book Week attendees: The Book Beautiful: Margaret Armstrong & Her Bindings covers (pun intended) one of America's most sought-after book cover designers from the turn of the twentieth century. During Armstrong's remarkable career, more than a million books with her covers made their way into homes and libraries across America. Today, her covers are prized by scholars and collectors alike. This exhibition showcases some of her most exquisite covers, along with historic photographs and documents.
Courtesy of New York Society Library
If you've perused the articles in the spring issue, you may already be familiar with two of the exhibitions on view at the N-YHS, located at 170 Central Park West, this spring. Women March celebrates the centennial and the legacy of the 19th Amendment and features some items from the Dobkin collection (see pages 11-12). Colonists, Citizens, Constitutions: Creating the American Republic, also on view, takes a close look at the fundamental principles of government through forty books and documents from the Dorothy Tapper Goldman Foundation's collection. If you're still in town post-fair, The People Count: The Census in the Making of America, which opens March 13, showcases David Rubenstein's collection of early books and manuscripts related to the U. S. Census.
Credit: Ardon Bar-Hama