Van Gogh, Starry Night, at MoMA

This was the scene at MoMA last night: off all the works in the museum, the most-crowded-around piece I saw all night was Van Gogh’s Starry Night. But what struck me was that it seemed like everyone was taking pictures of it, but no one was looking at it. You know what I mean? Everyone was so concerned about photographing the painting, that almost no one was simply looking and contemplating this masterpiece. But here’s an extra confounding aspect of this: Starry Night is probably one of the top ten most-reproduced paintings in the world, one can see it in countless books and online. So, if you’ve come from far away and are visiting MoMA to see this painting, why would one be so fixated on taking yet another photograph but not actually stopping to look at the real thing?

countless people taking pictures of Van Gogh's Starry Night at MoMA
May 25, 2012 at MoMA
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