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Van Gogh ‘Repetitions’, James McBride and Theater Ninjas

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

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Dee Perry unveils the new Cleveland Museum of Art exhibition - Van Gogh Repetitions - with CMA curator William Robinson. Plus Dan Polletta speaks with National Book Award winner James McBride about his new book The Good Lord Bird and his return to his alma mater - Oberlin College. And we raise the curtain on the new production from Theater Ninjas - [sic] by Melissa James Gibson.

Photo Gallery

Portrait of the Postman Joseph Roulin, April 1889. Vincent van Gogh, The Museum of Modern Art, NY Madame Roulin Rocking the Cradle (La Berceuse), January 1889. Vincent van Gogh, Art Institute of Chicago La Berceuse (Augustine Roulin), February 1889. Vincent van Gogh, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston The Large Plane Trees, November–December 1889. Vincent van Gogh, The Cleveland Museum of Art The Road Menders, Saint-Rémy, December 1889. Vincent van Gogh, The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC

Additional Information

Van Gogh: Repetitions is on view at The Cleveland Museum of Art through May 26. 
Van Gogh Family Day at CMA is Sunday, May 9 from 11-4pm.
Van Gogh Week at CMA is Wednesday, April 23, 7:00 p.m and Saturday, April 26, 12:30 p.m.

James McBride, author of The Good Lord Bird speaks tonight at his alma mater Oberlin College tonight (3/5) at 7:30.

Theater Ninjas stage [sic] by Melissa James Gibson now through Saturday, March 15 at West 78 Street Studios

main image: Portrait of the Postman Joseph Roulin, April 1889. Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890). Oil on canvas; 65 x 54 cm. Collection Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, the Netherlands 103.101.


Arts and Culture, Literature, Music, Painting, Theatre


William Robinson, Cleveland Museum of Art

James McBride, author

Jeremy Paul, Theater Ninjas

Pandora Robertson, Theater Ninjas

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Special Thanks

Special thanks to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College for the use of their Steinway Piano.

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Dee Perry image courtesy Chris Stephens, The Plain Dealer