In 2021, Rothko Chapel celebrates 50 years as a landmark of modern sacred art and as a celebrated site for transformative and inspirational experiences. John and Dominique de Menil first revealed Rothko Chapel and the plaza with Barnett Newman’s Broken Obelisk to the public from February 26-28 in 1971.
We honor and celebrate the 50th Anniversary with a roster of exciting programs throughout the year, spanning the breadth of offerings that the Chapel is known for—from performances and interfaith experiences to discussions and conversations on the critical issues of the day— reinvigorating the Chapel’s renown for inspiration and contemplation.
Underwriting support for the Rothko Chapel's 50th Anniversary Programs was provided by The Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation, Inc., Peter Ragauss; Cullen Geiselman; Ludmila Golovine; Louisa Sarofim; Andrew C. Shirrmeister, III; Bill Arning; Catalina De La Garza; Gayle and Mike DeGeurin; CC Lee; Jody Blazek and David Crossley; Diane Hanson Aldridge; Betty and Ken Adam; Linda and Philip Boyko; Maria and Michael Jadick; Patty Mayeux; Elsa Ross; Gary Tinterow and Christopher Gardner; and Reverend Jim Bankston.
Programs below include past event recordings hosted in our archives and upcoming events with program information and registration links. This list will be updated as additional programs are scheduled.
In honor of Mark Rothko’s Latvian heritage, Latvian jazz ensemble the Māris Briežkalns Quintet commissioned ten Latvian composers to each create an original jazz compositions to illustrate the moods and atmosphere evoked by an iconic Rothko painting.
This special event coincided with the virtual screening of the short version of Francois de Menil's documentary "The Rothko Chapel" (1972), including an interview with the Chapel's founders, Dominique and John de Menil. Organized by Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, in partnership with the Menil Collection and the Rothko Chapel.
DACAMERA and Rothko Chapel have commissioned boundary-breaking composer Tyshawn Sorey to create a new work inspired by the Chapel and by Morton Feldman’s 20th-century masterpiece, Rothko Chapel, composed for the opening celebration.