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In the Tower: Mark Rothko

February 21, 2010 – January 9, 2011
East Building, Tower Gallery

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

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

Overview: 7 black-on-black paintings created by Mark Rothko in 1964, together with 9 earlier paintings in which black was an important element, were shown in this exhibition that explored the works as predecessors to the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas. Rothko Chapel, a musical composition composed in 1971 by Morton Feldman for the opening of the chapel, was played in the installation. The exhibition was drawn largely from the collection of the National Gallery of Art, with one work on loan from the collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff.

An 8-minute video produced by the National Gallery of Art was shown in the exhibition.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art. Harry Cooper, curator of modern and contemporary art, was curator.

Sponsor: The exhibition was made possible by the Aaron I. Fleischman Foundation. The film was supported by the HRH Foundation.

Attendance: 150,940 (323 days)

Brochure: In the Tower: Mark Rothko, by Harry Cooper. Washington: National Gallery of Art, 2010. 

Education Resource: Art since 1950

Investigating Rothko's Technique
Video, Released: April 16, 2019, (2:47 minutes)
In the Tower: Mark Rothko
Video, Released: May 4, 2010, (8:30 minutes)