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.
"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 RothkoTI