Rothko Chapel marks 50 years with event series

Rothko Chapel
The Rothko Chapel features Mark Rothko's color field paintings in a hexagonal room designed for quiet contemplation and reflection. (Courtesy Elizabeth Felicella/Rothko Chapel)

The Rothko Chapel features Mark Rothko's color field paintings in a hexagonal room designed for quiet contemplation and reflection. (Courtesy Elizabeth Felicella/Rothko Chapel)

The renovated Rothko Chapel will host a series of virtual events this weekend as the interfaith contemplative space marks its semicentennial.

Houston art patrons John and Dominique de Menil first revealed Rothko Chapel, a shared vision with New York-based painter Mark Rothko, to the public over three days 50 years ago, Feb. 26-28, 1971.

“It is profound to come to this celebratory moment at a time when the work of the Rothko Chapel is more urgent than ever," Rothko Chapel Executive Director David Leslie said in a release.

The chapel, located at 3900 Yupon St., in the Montrose area, is undergoing a restoration and expansion project, which completed its first phase last year. Phase 2, which includes a new administration building, a relocated and renovated guest house, a meditation garden and a program center with outdoor plaza, is expected to be completed in 2023.

Here is a lineup of what the chapel has planned. Advance registration for the events is required, and donations are encouraged.


Feb. 26: Rothko Chapel & the Journey of Its Restoration

Principal architect Architecture Research Office, lighting designer George Sexton Associates and landscape architects Nelson Byrd Woltz will present a look at the history of the chapel and the recent restoration effort. The livestream begins at 6 p.m.

Feb. 27: 'Rothko Chapel: An Oasis For Reflection' book release

The first monograph on the Rothko Chapel in 20 years will be released, along with a conversation with architectural historian Stephen Fox, professor and author Pamela Smart, and architectural photographer Paul Hester. The livestream begins at 6 p.m.

Feb. 28: 50th anniversary interfaith service and celebration

A service including prayers, reflections, music and Sufi Whirling will commemorate 50 years of the Rothko Chapel's work and mission. The livestream begins at 6 p.m.

For more information, contact 713-660-1403 or visit www.rothkochapel.org.
By Matt Dulin
Matt joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2018 and is the City Editor for Houston's Inner Loop editions.


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