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Lesson Plans

Van Gogh exhibit

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kprs (KPRS)
Mon, 16 Nov 1998 18:46:59 -0500

Just a note about the Van Gogh exhibit in Washington. I went last
weekend (instead of Teachers' Convention in Atlantic City), and have a
few tips if anyone intends to go sans tickets.

Get there between 6:30 and 7:30 AM and stand in line...if you do you
will get tickets to see the show at 10:00 am...the drawback is you have
to wait in line until 10:00. The homeless seem to be in line after the
morning line to get the next 'batch' of tickets which is given out at
11:00 am (I imagine they will be 'turning' a profit on those tickets,
which as I understand amount to 140 tickets every half hour until
4:30). Scalpted tickets and tickets through brokers go for $100, while
the ones you get for standing around are free.

The show is PACKED, but worth both the wait, and standing on your tippy
toes.(OK so I'm short) I had seen these paintings last Easter at the
Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam (as these paintings don't "travel"...but
the VG museum is under renovation). It is neat to think that these
paintings are the ones that his family held on to, a direct line from
Vincent, to Theo, to Theo's wife, and then to her son, and then to the
state of Netherlands and into the permanent collection of the VG museum.

Also worth seeing at the museum are the terra cottas of Bernini and his
followers from the Hermitage, St. Petersburg. Cool stuff. Bernini's
baroque sculpture still takes my breath away...

Chuck Close is still at the Hirschorn, and worth the
material added that wasn't in the Museum of Modern Art's show, including

San D