Moody Center for the Arts presents “Artists and the Rothko Chapel: 50 Years of Inspiration" opening reception

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“Artists and the Rothko Chapel: 50 Years of Inspiration"
David Novros, Untitled, 1973–75, oil on canvas. The Menil Collection, Houston, Partial gift of David Novros with funds provided by the Pinewood Foundation, 1989-01 DJ Photo courtesy of Moody Center for the Arts

Rice University’s Moody Center for the Arts will celebrate the golden anniversary of Houston’s Rothko Chapel with its spring exhibition, “Artists and the Rothko Chapel: 50 Years of Inspiration.” The Moody will pay particular homage to an exhibition famously mounted at Rice in 1975, “Marden, Novros, Rothko: Painting in the Age of Actuality,” by restaging the historic show in its entirety.

The unique group exhibition will be accompanied by original programs recognizing the enduring legacy, at Rice and throughout Houston, of philanthropists and art patrons John and Dominique de Menil - chiefly, the influence of their Rothko Chapel.

In the first section of the spring show, original works by American artists David Novros and Brice Marden will be reunited after 46 years in an immersive recreation of the 1975 show organized at Rice by Harris Rosenstein with the support of Dominique de Menil.

Sam Gilliam, Sheila Hicks, Shirazeh Houshiary and Byron Kim will be among the artists featured in this second section. Indoors, the exhibition will span the Moody’s Brown Foundation, Central Gallery and Media Gallery; outside, the show continues underneath the Pitman Oculus.

By presenting these artists together for the first time, and in celebration of the chapel’s 50th anniversary, visitors will have an opportunity to see these artists — as well the chapel — in a new light.

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Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University
6100 Main St. MS-480
Houston, TX 77005