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An Evening of Poetry Dedicated to Vincent van Gogh

October 6, 2008
6:30 p.m.

Throughout his short career, Vincent van Gogh grappled with the daunting problem of painting light at night. The exhibition Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night features depictions by the artist of twilight and nocturnal landscapes, interior scenes, and the effects of both gaslight and natural light on their surroundings. This program, held in the Museum's Sculpture Garden, presents artists and poets whose own work elicits the spirit of the night as they read a diverse selection of poetry and literature. Vija Celmins, artist, and Eliot Weinberger, writer, editor, and translator and collaborator on the book The Stars; Neil Folberg, photographer of the collection Travels with Van Gogh and the Impressionists; and Ann Lauterbach, poet, read works that Van Gogh admired by Hans Christian Andersen, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Walt Whitman, along with poems by contemporary writers on the theme of nighttime.

This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night.

Photo courtesy of Paula Court


Special Exhibitions Programs: Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night (2)

  1. Vincent van Gogh. <i> The Starry Night. </i> 1889. Oil on canvas, 29 x 36 1/4" (73.7 x 92.1 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest

    Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night


  2. NightPoetry_PaulaCourt.jpg

    An Evening of Poetry Dedicated to Vincent van Gogh



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