On Thursday, December 3, MoMA presents Virtual Views: Van Gogh’s Starry Night, a live Q&A with Ann Temkin, the Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture, and a performative reading of the extraordinary letters between van Gogh and his brother Theo by acclaimed actor and playwright Anna Deavere Smith. Ahead of the program, join Temkin; Leah Dickerman, MoMA’s Director of Editorial and Content Strategy; and fellow members for a closer look at a selection of those letters.
The texts we will read and discuss together are available here (numbers 760, 762, 776, 779, 781, and 782). We invite you to explore them on your own ahead of the session. As you read, consider the relationship between the two brothers and van Gogh’s descriptions of his mental health and the natural world, which will serve as starting points for our discussion.
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