“I, Vincent” Reception and Poetry Reading

“I, Vincent” Reception and Poetry Reading

Vincent van Gogh

January 8, 2013 (Princeton, NJ) — Join People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos and the Princeton University Art Museum for a reception and poetry reading from Robert Fagles’ “I, Vincent.”

Robert Fagles, best known for his translations of classical Greek texts, wrote “I, Vincent” as a way to approach and understand the artist by transforming Vincent van Gogh’s art and personal letters into a open collection of poetry.

In Fagles’ words, “I wanted to see, at any rate, if separate poems might combine to tell a story, even a biography in small. And I wanted to try my hand at a kind of translation I hadn’t done before, not from a foreign language but a group of paintings. And what paintings!—simply to sense the energy of van Gogh would have been enough.”

With wine, cheese, and sweets, the program will open at seven with an introduction by Georgia Whidden, President of People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos, and Caroline Harris, Associate Director for Education at the Princeton University Art Museum.

Then, while van Gogh’s work is projected in the gallery, Princeton University’s Chair of Creative Writing, Susan Wheeler, will read a selection of the poems of “I, Vincent.” While the event is open to all, the gallery only has seating for the first 100 attendees.

Thursday, February 7, 2013
6:30-8:30 PM
Poetry Reading begins at 7 PM
Free and open to the public.