Modernism + Film: Silence of Mark Rothko

Modernism + Film: Silence of Mark Rothko



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The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art screens the film Silence of Mark Rothko Thursday, January 19 as part of the museum's Modernism + Film series.

Influenced by mythology and philosophy, the film Silence of Mark Rothko explores Mark Rothko’s mission to create environments and provoke emotions through the juxtaposition of his paintings. With engaging commentary by Annie Cohen-Solal, Rothko’s biographer, and conservator Carol Mancusi-Ungaro, the film manages to provide a heightened level of intimacy and familiarity with Rothko’s work.

The film visits Rothko’s studio at 22 Bowery in New York and also Museo di san Marco in Florence, the viewer is able to grasp Rothko’s signature style of Color Field paintings by using soft, rectangular forms floating on a stained field of color. Fittingly, his work evokes both silence and emotion. The Silence of Mark Rothko portrays this by lingering on paintings and locations they were inspired from. Exceedingly knowledgeable of Nietzsche, Greek mythology, and coming from a background of Russian-Jewish heritage, Rothko's art was strongly infused with emotional content that he articulated through a range of styles that evolved from figurative to abstract. Filmmaker, Marjoleine Boonstra, later introduces us to curator Franz Kaiser of the Gemeentemuseum, as his team installs the works for the first major Rothko exhibit to be held in Holland in 40 years.

“If you are only moved by color relationships, you’re missing the point. I am interested in expressing the big emotions- tragedy, ecstasy, doom! - Mark Rothko


Prior to the screening, opening remarks will be made by Jae Emerling, Associate Professor of Art History at UNCC College of Arts + Architecture.


An event reception with a cash-only bar and free light bites begins at 6 p.m. in the Bechtler lobby followed by the presentation and film screening at 7 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Auditorium.


Tickets are $10 for the public, $8 for museum members and $5 for students (Studen tickets may be purchased at the door or by phone. Muse present student ID to claim). Buy Tickets online, tickets may also be purchased by phone at 704.353.9200 or at the admissions desk.

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