National Gallery of Art - EXHIBITIONS
In the Tower: Mark Rothko
February 21, 2010–January 9, 2011

The Tower Gallery is host to a series of exhibitions focusing on developments in art from midcentury to the present.

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery. Please follow the links below for related online resources or visit our current exhibitions schedule.

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Works by
Mark Rothko
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Mark Rothko

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Image: Mark Rothko, No. 6 (?), 1964, Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., Copyright 1997, Christopher Rothko and Kate Rothko Prizel, 1986.43.140 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.

Schedule: National Gallery of Art, February 21, 2010–January 9, 2011