Season by Series

The Rothko Chapel presents programs that elevate the spirit, foster dialogue, and champion ethical action. The season is organized thematically into four series. To download a copy of the season brochure, please click HERE.

Contemplating Rothko

The Contemplating Rothko series features art historians, curators, and musicians to consider Mark Rothko 50 years after he was commissioned to create the Rothko Chapel. To underwrite the series or a program, please click HERE.


Mark Rothko: Marriage of Modern Art and Architecture
Eileen Costello, Ph.D., Art Historian
Thursday, February 6, 7pm

Mark Rothko: Traveler to the Sublime
Annie Cohen-Solal, Ph.D., Cultural Historian and Biographer
Thursday, March 6, 7pm

Mark Rothko: A Musical Response
Haskell Small, Composer and Pianist
Friday, April 11, 7pm

Mark Rothko: Seeing in the Dark
Harry Cooper, Ph.D., Modern Art Curator, The National Gallery of Art
Thursday, February 13, 7pm

Mark Rothko: The Houston Connection
Chelby King, Art Historian
Tuesday, May 6, 7pm

Mark Rothko: A Response in Verse
Nicole Brossard, Poet
Wednesday, May 21, 7pm

Spiritual Pioneers

The Spiritual Pioneers series invites contemporary luminaries to discuss humankind’s perennial quest for meaning and truth, particularly as expressed outside established religious traditions.  Presenters explore what it means to be spiritual but not religious.  In addition, collaborative partners Da Camera and Nameless Sound each offer a deeply contemplative concert.


Shostakovich: The Last Quartets
Jerusalem String Quartet, Presented in partnership with Da Camera
Monday, March 24, 7:30pm

Sound Observations at the Rothko Chapel
Charles Curtis, Cellist, Presented in partnership with Nameless Sound
Thursday, April 24, 7pm


Toward the Common Good

The Toward the Common Good series explores current pressing social concerns and offers creative ways to take positive, proactive action.  Experts and advocates from an array of issues ask what would it take to make sure everyone is included in the common good?


America Beyond Capitalism
Gar Alperovitz, Ph.D., Economist with David Benson, Program Director, Harris County
Thursday, January 23, 7pm

Where Soldiers Come From
Screening and Conversation with Heather Courtney, Filmmaker
Wednesday, February 19, 7pm

Soul Repair from Moral Injury after War
Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock. Ph.D.
Thursday, February 20, 7pm

The Violence of Love: The Legacy of Archbishop Óscar Romero
Julian Filochowski, Chair of the Archbishop Romero Trust
Thursday, February 27, 7pm

The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on a Revolutionary Anthem
Brendan Kinsella, Pianist, Dr. Tim O'Brien and Hosam Aboul-Ela, Dialogue,  Presented in partnership with APERIO, Music of the Americas and FotoFest
Thursday, April 3, 7pm

Dismantling Hurtful Worldviews
To commemorate Earth Day
Anne McClintock, Ph.D.,Author and Historian
Tuesday, April 22, 7pm

From Auschwitz to the International Court of Justice
To commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day
Judge Thomas Buergenthal, Holocaust Survivor and Human Rights Champion
Sunday, April 27, 3pm


Living Mindfully

The Living Mindfully series presents artists, musicians, spiritual leaders, and community advocates to commemorate significant moments in time, nurture reverence for humanity's highest aspirations and foster spiritual well-being.


New Year’s Day Crystal Bowl Meditation
Dana Shamas, Bayou Bliss Yoga
Wednesday, January 1, Noon

Take My Hand, Lead Me Home: The Music That Inspired MLK
Concert to commemorate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday
Jason Oby, Conductor and Performer
Wednesday, January 15, 7pm

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Select speeches played throughout the day
Monday, January 20

Museum Experience
Saturday, January 25

Twilight Meditation in the Bon-Buddhist Tradition
Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, Author and Lama
Thursday, January 30, 6pm

Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing
Dr. Jerry Ruhl,  Modern Tradition
Wednesday, February 5, 12pm

Losar
Sunday, March 2, 3pm

Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing
Ajit Giani, Baha'i Tradition
Wednesday, March 5, 12pm

Moments from the Sun
Audio Installation to commemorate the Vernal Equinox
Jeff Talman, Sound Artist
Thursday, March 20, 7pm

Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing
Alejandro Chaoul, Bon-Buddhist Tradition
Wednesday, April 2, 12pm

Dismantling Hurtful Worldviews
To commemorate Earth Day
Anne McClintock, Ph.D.,Author and Historian
Tuesday, April 22, 7pm

From Auschwitz to the International Court of Justice
To commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day
Judge Thomas Buergenthal, Holocaust Survivor and Human Rights Champion
Sunday, April 27, 3pm

MenilFest
Seven Doors Chakra Tuning
Lisa Harris
Saturday, May 3, 1pm and 3pm

Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing
Ginger Clarkson, Vipassana Tradition
Wednesday, May 7, 12pm

Poetry for Peace
To mark Israeli Independence Day/Palestinian Nakba
Naomi Shihab Nye and Chana Bloch, Poets
Tuesday, May 13, 7pm

Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing
Zen Tradition
Wednesday, June 4, 12pm

Summer Solstice Observation
Sunrise Meditation and Taiko Drumming at Sunset
Saturday, June 21

Clarity and Compassion: Lessons from a Zen Garden
Karen Maezen Miller, Author and Zen Buddhist Teacher
Sunday, June 29, 3pm