Thursday, January 10, 2013

Van Gogh toasted at Norton Simon Museum Feb. 1-3

The Norton Simon Museum continues its presentation of Van Goghs electrifying Self-Portrait from 1889, currently on loan from the National Gallery of Art, Washington (through March 4), with a weekend of special programming. Starting on Friday, February 1, the Museum presents Van Gogh Night, a free evening of in-gallery talks, a short lecture, and art-making activities for visitors of all ages (admission to the Museum and all of these programs are free). On Saturday, February 2, the Museum presents the fascinating lecture From Mirror to Canvas: Van Goghs Processes of Self-Portrayal by art historian Judy Sund (free with admission). Finally, on Sunday, February 3, our popular childrens program Stories in the Afternoon focuses on the artist and the Simons spectacular collection of his works (free with admission).

Please note that this weekend will be the first time that the Museum’s Van Gogh “Portrait of a Peasant (Patience Escalier)” will be back on view following its presentation at The Frick Collection in New York. There will be approximately one month when the Simon’s entire holdings of Van Gogh works will be on view alongside the National Gallery’s “Self-Portrait.”

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