Day 360: Something Beautiful—The Light in Rothko’s Chapel

Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.

LA Theatreworks on NPR was one of the best things I discovered last year. Great acting by great actors on the radio—great opportunity for imagination. Last night I listened to Alfred Molina play the lead in “Red.” A show I missed when it came to the local Equity house last year. A two-man bio-play about artist Mark Rothko, it won the 2010 Tony for Best Play.

Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while know that Rothko is a fascination for me. Last year his work inspired several of my abstract oils. I bring him up again now because a significant theme in the play was what Rothko believed about light and his work. The Rothko Chapel in Houston is perhaps the most specific demonstration of his thoughts about light and art. He was integrally involved in the design of the chapel itself insisting on a cupola at the top that emulated the one in the studio where he painted the chapel pieces. Like a camera aperture, it filters and directs light. Subtle, somber, and beautiful.

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About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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