Hearing Colors, Seeing Sounds: Van Gogh’s Vibrant Palette

JUL 24, 2017 | 5:30 PM TO 7:30 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


9100: Skylight Room


July 24, 2017: 5:30 PM-7:30 PM





Barry Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation


Van Gogh’s synesthetic perception had a major impact on his art, and music figured prominently in his aesthetic outlook. He once compared the movement of his brush on the canvas to that of the bow on a violin string. This seminar will examine Van Gogh’s responses to music and other aural stimuli, his multi-sensorial hallucinations, his evolving perception of color, and the drama that attended his last years of intense and tormented creativity. Members of the Ensemble for the Romantic Century will discuss the approaches to staging the theatrical concert Van Gogh’s Ear, written by ERC Founder and Executive Artistic Director Eve Wolf, which opens in early August at the Signature Theatre. Portions of the documentary The Making of “Van Gogh’s Ear”, by ERC Co-Artistic Director Max Barros, which presents a behind-the-scenes look at ERC’s theatrical concerts, will be screened. 
James Melo, ERC Musicologist and Senior Editor at RILM
Donald T. Sanders, ERC Director of Theatrical Productions
Vanessa James, ERC Costume and Set Designer