A Night To Remember

Major Mark Rothko exhibit ignites lively conversation at Museum of Fine Arts VIP dinner

Major Mark Rothko exhibit ignites lively conversation at VIP dinner

News, Shelby, MFAH Rothko opening, Sept. 2015, Catherine Masterson; Brian and Elisabeth McCabe
Catherine Masterson, Brian McCabe, Elisabeth McCabe. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, Shelby, MFAH Rothko opening, Sept. 2015 Blakely and Trey Griggs; Aliyya Stude
Blakely Griggs, Trey Griggs, Aliyya Stude. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, Shelby, MFAH Rothko opening, Sept. 2015 Dinah Lin, Rob Todd
Dinah Lin, Rob Todd. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, Shelby, MFAH Rothko opening, Sept. 2015 Gary Tinterow, Emily Church, Leslie Bucher Brad Bucher
Gary Tinterow, Emily Church, Leslie Bucher, Brad Bucher. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, Shelby, MFAH Rothko opening, Sept. 2015 Mary Cullen, Hiram Butler
Mary Cullen, Hiram Butler. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, Shelby, MFAH Rothko opening, Sept. 2015 Sarah O' onnor; Becca Duncan; Nancy Abendshein; Photo by Wilson Parish.jpg
Sarah O' Connor, Becca Duncan, Nancy Abendshein. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, Shelby, MFAH Rothko opening, Sept. 2015 Lynn Wyatt
Lynn Wyatt. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, Shelby, MFAH Rothko opening, Sept. 2015 Rodney and Judy Margolis, Gail and Louis Adler
Rodney Margolis, Judy Margolis, Gail Adler, Louis Adler. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, Shelby, MFAH Rothko opening, Sept. 2015 Janet Gurwitch, Mark Sullivan, Deborah Kaplan
Janet Gurwitch, Mark Sullivan, Deborah Kaplan. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, Shelby, MFAH Rothko opening, Sept. 2015 Michael Nicholes; Jim Gray; Rosie Ramirez; Damon Parker; Shay Groves;
Michael Nicholes, Jim Gray, Rosie Ramirez, Damon Parker, Shay Groves. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, Shelby, MFAH Rothko opening, Sept. 2015, Catherine Masterson; Brian and Elisabeth McCabe
News, Shelby, MFAH Rothko opening, Sept. 2015 Blakely and Trey Griggs; Aliyya Stude
News, Shelby, MFAH Rothko opening, Sept. 2015 Dinah Lin, Rob Todd
News, Shelby, MFAH Rothko opening, Sept. 2015 Gary Tinterow, Emily Church, Leslie Bucher Brad Bucher
News, Shelby, MFAH Rothko opening, Sept. 2015 Mary Cullen, Hiram Butler
News, Shelby, MFAH Rothko opening, Sept. 2015 Sarah O' onnor; Becca Duncan; Nancy Abendshein; Photo by Wilson Parish.jpg
News, Shelby, MFAH Rothko opening, Sept. 2015 Lynn Wyatt
News, Shelby, MFAH Rothko opening, Sept. 2015 Rodney and Judy Margolis, Gail and Louis Adler
News, Shelby, MFAH Rothko opening, Sept. 2015 Janet Gurwitch, Mark Sullivan, Deborah Kaplan
News, Shelby, MFAH Rothko opening, Sept. 2015 Michael Nicholes; Jim Gray; Rosie Ramirez; Damon Parker; Shay Groves;

As VIP guests sat down for dinner in the Blaffer galleries of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, after getting the first look at "Mark Rothko: A Retrospective," the surrounding paintings from previous centuries hung in quiet contrast to Rothko's dynamic works on display in the Brown Foundation galleries.

The energy that the exhibition of the abstract expressionist's work inspired among the 160 donors, funders and curators carried over throughout the dinner which proved to be one of the museum's more animated preview evenings.

"Not since the great exhibition held in Washington in 1998 have so many Rothkos been united in our country," MFAH director Gary Tinterow told the gathering. "And not since 1979  has there been an important Rothko exhibition in Houston."

Rothko's son Christopher Rothko, author and director of the Rothko Chapel, was in Houston for the exhibition opening and the dinner where both Tinterow and Alison de Lima Greene, curator of contemporary art and special projects, spoke briefly. Their remarks included thanks to River Oaks District, lead corporate sponsor.

The enthusiastic group included Anne and Charles Duncan, Tina and Joe Pine, Nancy and Rich Kinder, Lynn Wyatt, Cornelia and Meredith Long, Ann Trammell, Sara Dodd, Colin Moussa, Laurie Morian, Nancy and Butch Abendshein and Aliyya Stude.