The Starry Night (1889) by Vincent van GoghMoMA The Museum of Modern Art
To kick off the series, listen to the melodious tones of U.S. pop artist Maggie Rogers describe the psychedelic nature of Van Gogh’s Starry Night, which celebrates its 130th anniversary in 2019.
Rogers is an American musician and singer-songwriter hailing from Maryland, USA. She rose to fame in 2016 after her song Alaska was played to Pharrell Williams during a masterclass at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. Since then, Rogers has played Coachella, appeared on SNL and in 2019, dropped her major debut album Heard It In A Past Life.
Here Rogers talks about the dramatic contrasts in Van Gogh’s Starry Night, the way his painted stars look like eyes when you zoom in close, and why this particular artwork makes her think of David Bowie’s music.