Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night

Monday, October 6, 2008, 12:30 p.m.

Education Classroom B, mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

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Vincent van Gogh and the Colors of the Night
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Art in the Long View at Lunchtime
In conversation with artists and MoMA Lecturers, explore long-term, process-based art and its impact on the experience of art. While many artists establish concrete goals, the processes we are interested in examining may span the lifetime of the artist, require ongoing participation or discussion, and be linked more to research and exploration than to a pre-established plan. Bring your lunch and discover how these challenges to the constraints of time and the expectations of final product and finality force viewers and participants to reconsider the role of art in society. This series serves as an incubator of ideas in advance of our upcoming Contemporary Art Forum on May 2 and 3.

This lecture provides an overview of Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night. Throughout his career, Van Gogh attempted the paradoxical task of representing night by light. His approach followed the trend set by the Impressionists of "translating" visual light effects with various color combinations. This exhibition presents new insight into Van Gogh's depictions of night landscapes, interior scenes, and the effects of both gaslight and natural light on their surroundings.

Lecturer Jennifer Field (MA, Hunter College; PhD student, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University) is a curatorial assistant in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at MoMA.

In conjunction with the exhibition Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night

Tickets are free but required and can be acquired on a first-come first-served basis online or at the information desk, the Film desk after 4:00 p.m., or at the Education and Research Building reception desk on the day of the program.

To pick up tickets acquired online, proceed to the Education and Research Building reception desk at 4 West 54 Street beginning at noon on the day of the program.