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Lives Recalled: Great Autobiographies and Memoirs - Vincent van Gogh

Weekend Program

Noon Lecture/Seminar

Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1K0028
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Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
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Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait, 1887 (The Art Institute of Chicago)


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Memorable autobiographies are powerful evocations not just of a person, but a time and place, vividly transporting us inside the world of another to experience life as they did.

Documentary filmmaker and writer Sara Lukinson looks at remarkable lives recalled through richly told stories of joys, hopes, and the complexities of the human heart, including Vincent van Gogh, an artist passionately wrestling with his canvas and his broken mind, revealing himself only in letters to his brother.

The program includes readings from Vincent Van Gogh's Dear Theo: The Autobiography of Vincent Van Gogh and archival film clips and stills.

Lukinson, whose films have received three Emmys and seven Writer’s Guild Awards, teaches at NYU and the 92nd Street Y. Her personal essays have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine.


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