illuminating the next 50 years as we fulfill Mark Rothko's original vision for the Chapel and gracefully expand our campus to enhance the visitor experience
Opening Spaces is a vital capital project focused on significantly enhancing the visitor experience. Our goals include preserving the Chapel as a unique public art site and spiritual space, serving our growing audiences, and setting the stage for programmatic expansion.
Critical preservation initiatives and upgrades will ensure that Rothko's extraordinary paintings and the space's ambience are experienced as they were intended. The skylight, lighting design, and entryway will be reconfigured, allowing for an unimpeded and better illuminated interaction with the art.
Envisioned as the gateway to our expanded campus, these new, multi-purpose buildings will become our primary space for a broader range of public programs, serving our growing audiences while ensuring that the Chapel remains a peaceful refuge.
Recognizing that the grounds are an extension of the Chapel itself, new and enhanced greenspaces for reflection will foster the sense of sanctuary and emphasize the relationship between our buildings and the neighborhood.
New offices, archives, library and conference rooms will foster research and facilitate operations.
Building the Chapel's endowment will provide ongoing funding for the maintenance of our new and restored properties and for expanded programming.
Thank you for your interest in the Rothko Chapel’s mission and future.
In anticipation of our 50th anniversary in 2021, Opening Spaces will deepen our community engagement and bolster our stewardship of the iconic Rothko canvasses and the Chapel building, which Rothko and architects Philip Johnson, Howard Barnstone, and Eugene Aubry designed in close collaboration.
Chaired by Christopher Rothko, the Chapel Board has initiated the first phase of the campaign to raise critical funding for the $29 million project, which will pay tribute to the Chapel's extraordinary legacy while creating a new vision for its future.
Principal Architects: Architecture Research Office
Lighting Designer: George Sexton
Landscape Architects: Nelson Byrd Woltz
Together with these allies, we will successfully envision and develop the assets that the Chapel requires to foster its art experience and advance its mission in service to its constituents.