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The Little Prince: A New York Story @ the Morgan Library & Museum

** There is no need to RSVP "NO" unless can no longer make it. **

Admission is FREE on Fridays from 7 p.m. ~ 9 p.m.  We will meet at 6:15pm and stand in line together.  Please be on time as we will not be able hold up the line to wait for latecomers and offend others behind us.

The Morgan Library & Museum is currently having on exhibition one of my favorite stories, The Little Princefrom January 24 through April 27, 2014 .

Since its publication seventy years ago, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince has captivated millions of readers throughout the world. It may come as a surprise that this French tale of an interstellar traveler who comes to Earth in search of friendship and understanding was written and first published in New York City, during the two years the author spent here at the height of the Second World War. 

As he prepared to leave the city to rejoin the war effort as a reconnaissance pilot, Saint-Exupéry appeared at his friend Silvia Hamilton's door wearing his military uniform. "I'd like to give you something splendid," he said, "but this is all I have." He tossed a rumpled paper bag onto her entryway table. Inside were the manuscript and drawings for The Little Prince, which the Morgan acquired from her in 1968. 

Focusing on the story's American origins, this exhibition features twenty-five of the manuscript pages—replete with crossed-out words, cigarette burns, and coffee stains—and all forty-three of the earliest versions of drawings for the book. Also on view are rare printed editions from the Morgan's collection as well as personal letters, photographs, and artifacts on loan from the Saint-Exupéry estate, private collections, and museums and libraries in France and the United States.

The Little Prince: A New York Story is the first exhibition to explore in depth the creative decisions Saint-Exupéry made as he crafted his beloved story that reminds us that what matters most can only be seen with the heart.

About the Morgan | Introduction

A complex of buildings in the heart of New York City, The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913), one of the preeminent collectors and cultural benefactors in the United States. As early as 1890 Morgan had begun to assemble a collection of illuminated, literary, and historical manuscripts, early printed books, and old master drawings and prints.

Mr. Morgan's library, as it was known in his lifetime, was built between 1902 and 1906 adjacent to his New York residence at Madison Avenue and 36th Street. Designed by Charles McKim of the architectural firm McKim, Mead & White, the library was intended as something more than a repository of rare materials. Majestic in appearance yet intimate in scale, the structure was to reflect the nature and stature of its holdings. The result was an Italian Renaissance-style palazzo with three magnificent rooms epitomizing America's Age of Elegance. Completed three years before McKim's death, it is considered by many to be his masterpiece. In 1924, eleven years after Pierpont Morgan's death, his son, J. P. Morgan, Jr. (1867–1943), known as Jack, realized that the library had become too important to remain in private hands. In what constituted one of the most momentous cultural gifts in U.S. history, he fulfilled his father's dream of making the library and its treasures available to scholars and the public alike by transforming it into a public institution. 

Over the years—through purchases and generous gifts—The Morgan Library & Museum has continued to acquire rare materials as well as important music manuscripts, early children's books, Americana, and materials from the twentieth century. Without losing its decidedly domestic feeling, the Morgan also has expanded its physical space considerably. 

In 1928, the Annex building was erected on the corner of Madison Avenue and 36th Street, replacing Pierpont Morgan's residence. The Annex connected to the original McKim library by means of a gallery. In 1988, Jack Morgan's former residence—a mid-nineteenth century brownstone on Madison Avenue and 37th Street—also was added to the complex. The 1991 garden court was constructed as a means to unite the various elements of the Morgan campus.

The largest expansion in the Morgan's history, adding 75,000 square feet to the campus, was completed in 2006. Designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Renzo Piano, the project increases exhibition space by more than fifty percent and adds important visitor amenities, including a new performance hall, a welcoming entrance on Madison Avenue, a new café and a new restaurant, a shop, a new reading room, and collections storage. Piano's design integrates the Morgan's three historical buildings with three new modestly scaled steel-and-glass pavilions. A soaring central court connects the buildings and serves as a gathering place for visitors in the spirit of an Italian piazza.

Other Current Exhibitions:

Medium as Muse: Woodcuts and the Modern Book
The art and craft of the woodcut was a source of inspiration for a small, influential group of European and American artists whose work helped shape the modern book in the decades immediately preceding and following the turn of the twentieth century.
Read more »

A Collective Invention: Photographs at Play
A Collective Invention: Photographs at Play
 signals the debut of photography as a curatorial focus at the Morgan.
Read more »

Visions and Nightmares: Four Centuries of Spanish Drawings
This exhibition marks the first presentation of Spanish drawings at the Morgan and showcases over twenty sheets from the museum's pre-eminent master drawings collection.
Read more » 

Pierpont Morgan's 1906 Library 

In 2010 the Morgan restored the interior of the 1906 library to its original grandeur. A new lighting system was installed to illuminate the extraordinary murals and decor of the four historic rooms.
Read more »


DIRECTIONS:  Morgan Museum & Library

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. 

*For up-to-date detailed info on travel directions, time, and costs from your specific location, use Hopstop.com.*  


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  • Bushra

    awesome event. thanks Bess for organizing it. everyone was really nice.

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • Bess

    Thanks to everyone who came out to the museum and made my first hosting event a successful and awesome one. It was lots of fun meeting everyone and hope to see you all again soon at another event.

    3 · April 12, 2014

    • Red

      Thank you for organizing, Bess!

      1 · April 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So nice to meet everyone. Definitely looking forward to future events.

    3 · April 12, 2014

    • Eddie C

      See you soon, Amanda.

      April 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very sociable group. I will definitely meet with these people again.

    3 · April 11, 2014

    • Eddie C

      See you at future events, Kevin.

      April 12, 2014

  • Eddie C

    Thanks for hosting this, Bess. Glad I finally got to see this museum. The exhibits and galleries were really interesting. We will have to go back to see the rest. The walk to K Town and dinner after was a lot of fun. Nice to see so many new faces. Can't wait for your next event:-)

    2 · April 12, 2014

  • george b.

    Wonderful meetup Bess. It was a fantastic first of hopeful many to come from you. I'm glad I made it out. Thanks for setting it up. It was nice to see everyone and meet those I hadn't previously. :o)

    3 · April 12, 2014

  • Kavita

    Fantastic meet-up and people. Thanks for setting this up Bess. Great meeting everyone.

    3 · April 12, 2014

  • Gary

    Thank you everyone for coming out tonight! If you have photos please post them. Thanks to Bess for finding and organizing this exhibit and everyone for the GREAT company at the exhibit and dinner. .

    3 · April 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey everyone. I had to leave to meet a friend really quick. Are we going to eat after? I'm making my way back

    April 11, 2014

    • Gary

      We are going to Food Gallery 32.@ 11 west 32nd st

      April 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi gals and guys. I'm here in front, wearing a red shirt. Anyone here?

    April 11, 2014

  • Bess

    hi rsvp'ers, I have sent out an email to everyone with detailed information about the event and contact information. Please be sure to check your emails/spam. If you didn't get the info, please let me know here.

    1 · April 9, 2014

    • Bess

      hi rita, i just sent the email to you.

      April 11, 2014

    • Bess

      amanda, i resent the email to you by emailing you directly.

      April 11, 2014

  • george b.

    Hey Bess, I know your email said we'd meet at 6:15 but do you think that it would be ok to get there at 6:10 or maybe 6:05 in case they sell out of tickets? And I know you said to only text you but I don't have a calling plan on my phone, only a texting plan, so do you think it would be ok to text you if I can't get there by 5:55? Also, my doctor said that I might be allergic to Princes associated with Morgans, you think it'll be ok if I go anyway? By the way, what do you think is the fastest, easiest and least expensive way to get there? Thanks kindly.

    April 11, 2014

    • george b.

      Hey Bess … a very, very, very small token of my immense appreciation for organizing. ;o)

      1 · April 11, 2014

    • Bess

      lol... oh george... i will be there as early as i can, so maybe even before my set time, for those eager and ambitious museum-goers like myself. if you only have a texting plan, i would suggest texting the other two hosts. in terms of your allergy condition, i am not sure if antihistamines would work, so please consult with your family physician or allergist. the fastest , easiest and least expensive way to get there varies by relativity. if you are nearby, i think by foot is best. if you're coming from upstate, maybe driving is your best bet but i'm not familiar with the parking situation in the area. and if you have a friend who lives underground, maybe your friend knows a better route. otherwise, check with google maps or hopstop. see you soon.

      April 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This event looks great. Will there be a dinner afterwards? Possible discussion?

    April 9, 2014

    • Bess

      that would be nice. anybody have any suggestions for a place to go after the museum?

      1 · April 9, 2014

    • george b.

      Food Gallery 32 in K-Town? It's got a nice variety of options to choose from. There's also Heartland Brewery and Jackson Hole nearby.

      3 · April 10, 2014

  • Tom R.

    Neat..reminds me of the Nemo in Slumberland comic, the art style: http://tinyurl.com/pcqz4y6

    1 · April 10, 2014

  • Tammy

    Hi! I thought the event was tomorrow - Friday, March 28th. Did the date get changed??

    March 27, 2014

    • Tammy

      I'm sorry that I won't be able to make it :-( I have a rather important appt. to go to that night.

      April 2, 2014

    • Bess

      Sorry to hear that, Tammy. Hope you can join us in future events. Take care.

      2 · April 9, 2014

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  • Red
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