Colorado Cinema Salon: Van Gogh On Screen, Running After Lightning
90 Minute Running Time
Sunday, May 27th at 2pm at the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax
Hosted by Robert Denerstein
Vincent van Gogh died in July of 1890 at the age of 37. This prolific artist -- largely ignored during his own time -- has created a mystique unlike almost any other painter before or since. It's not surprising that many filmmakers have tried to depict and understand Van Gogh's tumultuous life. For many of us, the Van Gogh we know is the one we've met at the movies. In our May Cinema Salon, we'll take a look at how Van Gogh has been portrayed on film. Has any filmmaker been up to the task? Can filmmakers succeed in capturing an artist's creative process? Should they even try? Must the best art inevitably be linked with suffering? With a major Van Gogh exhibit -- "Becoming Van Gogh'' -- scheduled to open at the Denver Art Museum this fall, it seemed an ideal time to begin reflecting on a life that has been filtered through a multiplicity of interpretations. Joining Salon curator and moderator Robert Denerstein for this afternoon devoted to understanding why filmmakers have been so fascinated by Van Gogh will be Denver University professor and art historian M.E. Warlick and artist and Art Students League instructor Sandra Kaplan. Our Van Gogh Salon promises to be a lively and, we hope, provocative look at the work of cinema artists -- from Vincente Minnelli to Robert Altman -- who have tried to capture the creative lightning that is Van Gogh.