The Resource The Rothko Chapel

The Rothko Chapel

Label
The Rothko Chapel
Title
The Rothko Chapel
Contributor
Director
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Dedicated in 1971, the Rothko Chapel was built by John and Dominique de Menil as a quiet spiritual sanctuary for people of all beliefs and faiths, and as a center for championing social justice and human rights. At the inauguration, Dominique de Menil said that the chapel is rooted in the growing awareness that love and the search for truth are unifying principles. It is rooted in the growing hope that communities who worship God should find in their common aspiration the possibility of dialogue with one another in a spirit of respect and love. The building, originally designed by Philip Johnson and carried out by architects Howard Barnstone and Eugene Aubry, holds a suite of 14 paintings by American Abstract Expressionist Mark Rothko. An artist that de Menils considered the greatest of the time, he wanted to express the most essential human emotions with his work, from tragedy to ecstasy. Deep and dark with subtle surface variation, the paintings are installed to create an immersive environment that reflects on the transformative power of art and its impact on humanity. This documentary, completed in 1972 by filmmakers Jerry Michaels and Francois de Menil, takes us inside the chapel. Along with interviews with the de Menils about their decision to commission Rothko in 1964, and the spiritual goals of the building, the film consists of slow shots of the interior and captures the contemplative mission of the space through shots of visitors quietly experiencing the art and architecture. Also included is rare archival footage of Mrs. de Menil dedicating the chapel to the people of Houston in 1971, and interviews with those who worked with Rothko during the installation of the paintings. The film concludes with three religious ceremonies at the chapel: a Catholic service, a Presbyterian lent service and an Islamic prayer. A simple and poignant convergence of faith, it symbolizes the greater political goals and aspirations of peace and community that continues to be evermore important in the world as the Rothko Chapel celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2011. Now listed in the National Registry of Historic places, and included in National Geographic's list of 'the World's Most Peaceful and Powerful Places' it remains as a vital spiritual source for its visitors
Cataloging source
UtOrBLW
Characteristic
representational
Date time place
Originally produced by Microcinema in 2011
Label
The Rothko Chapel
Publication
Note
Title from title frames
Antecedent source
unknown
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
kan1073408
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 streaming video file (approximately 68 min.)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
  • computer
  • video
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia
  • rdamedia
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
digital, .flv file, sound
Publisher number
1073408
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b2906580x
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
kanopy73409
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web. System requirements: Adobe Flash Player
Video recording format
other

Library Locations

    • Deakin University Library - Geelong Waurn Ponds CampusBorrow it
      75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216, AU
      -38.195656 144.304955
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