In response to the very anti-American travel ban, MOMA is featuring artists from the banned countries. My favorite was a piece from Marcos Grigorian. But the crowds were biggest for, as always, Starry Night (see below). I love this painting too though, I’m not judging.

I wonder if I’ve ever posted about my Van Gogh revelation. Have you ever experienced an anxiety attack? When I was in my twenties I went through a period of having them. If you’ve never experienced them, let me tell you they are very seriously un-fun. I was in a doctor’s office, waiting to see him about getting a prescription for anxiety, when I looked up and saw a print of one of Van Gogh’s sunflower paintings on the wall. ‘THAT’S IT!’ I screamed (internally, of course). That is exactly what the world looks when you’re in the midst of an anxiety attack. Van Gogh’s brush stroke exactly captures the wavering, pulsating appearance of the world in those high-stress minutes. It had an immediate calming effect on me. To see my experience depicted right there, on the wall, and also transformed into a thing of beauty. I no longer felt so scared and alone. It was a kind of validation. Me and Van Gogh.

To this day I am positive that in addition to whatever he was suffering from, Van Gogh also endured anxiety attacks.

A few doors down from MOMA. What was it all for, I wonder? Not because of the banned countries artists, I hope.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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2 thoughts on “MOMA

  1. Interesting revelations! If you are interested in what Vincent was really like, read all his letters to his brother Theo. They are collected in various book forms. You can probably get them at the library. I read them so many years ago (probably in the late ’70s when I was doing my BA in art history.) I should read them again, except I don’t know when I would!

    That dog with the security people looks to relaxed to be an attack dog, so maybe there was a bomb threat? It is so funny to me when they call them ‘sniffer dogs’ because ALL dogs are sniffer dogs! Heh.

  2. I’ve read many of the letters too. I remember some were so heart-breaking.

    Those dogs are always so extremely well behaved. And yeah, about the sniffer dogs. I actually went to the place where they train cadaver dogs and learned about the process, it was for my book The Restless Sleep. But it’s a different training than security-type dogs.

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