In the Tower: Mark Rothko, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1964
Oil and mixed media on canvas
69 1/8 x 66 inches
Gift of the Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc.

February 21, 2010 – January 9, 2011

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.