In the Tower: Mark Rothko
February 21, 2010 – January 9, 2011
East Building Tower

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: The second in a series of Tower exhibitions focusing on contemporary art and its roots offers a rare look at the black-on-black paintings that Rothko made in 1964 in connection with his work on a chapel for the Menil Collection in Houston. A recording of Morton Feldman's Rothko Chapel (1971), the haunting music originally composed for that space, accompanies the exhibition in the spacious East Building Tower Gallery.

A new 10-minute film examines the career of Rothko and his development of a style that fused abstract painting with emotional significance. Produced by the National Gallery of Art, the film will be shown continuously in the Tower Gallery. The film was made possible by the HRH Foundation.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art.

Sponsor: The exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the Aaron I. Fleischman Foundation.

Image: Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1964, oil and mixed media on canvas, Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc. Copyright © 1997 Christopher Rothko and Kate Rothko Prizel, 1986.43.137

Related Artists

Rothko, Mark
, 1903 - 1970

Related Resources

Exhibition Brochure

Education Resource: Art since 1950

Audio and Video

In the Tower: Mark Rothko
Video, Released: May 4, 2010, (8:30 minutes)