Mark Rothko: Seeing in the Dark

Harry Cooper, Ph.D.
Suggested donation $10 

What is the significance of Rothko’s turn to dark, expansive paintings in the 1960s? Do they realize or deny what Rothko called the “inner light” of his art? What was the different role of darkness throughout his previous work? Did Rothko intend to imbue colors like those used in the Rothko Chapel with particular meaning? Looking at both the Chapel works and related single canvases at the National Gallery of Art, Modern Art Curator Harry Cooper, Ph.D. explores these and other questions. Before joining the National Gallery of Art, Cooper served for ten years as the Curator of Modern Art at the Harvard University Art Museums, as well as taught at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and Columbia University. Recent publications include “On the Dot” in Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective (Art Institute of Chicago, 2012); “Rothko’s Soup” in Rothko in the 1940s: The Critical Decade (Columbia Museum of Art, 2012); and “Braque’s Ovals” in Picasso and Braque: The Cubist Experiment, 1910-1912 (Kimbell Art Museum, 2011). A reception on the plaza follows the program.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
7:00 PM

Learn about Rothko's paintings.