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By John Logan
Illustration by Ulla Puggaard
Directed by Tony Award winner Robert Falls
Featuring 4-time Helen Hayes Award winner Edward Gero
Mark Rothko: Seagram Murals
Dec. 6, 2011-Aug. 15, 2012 | National Gallery of Art
In 1985 and 1986, the National Gallery of Art received the largest gift of works from the Mark Rothko Foundation, including several paintings deriving from the Seagram Mural project, a series of paintings Rothko created through the commission he received for New York’s Four Seasons restaurant. This special installation of three of these works is timed to coincide with Arena Stage’s Red, which dramatizes Rothko’s struggle with the commission. East Building Concourse Galleries, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, D.C. more information
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Fathers and Sons: The Art of Mentorship
Feb. 26, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. | Arena Stage
“I am not your rabbi, I am not your father, I am not your shrink, I am not your friend, I am not your teacher.” Although Rothko is quick to define his relationship with his young assistant, the clear line fades as Red progresses, and Rothko and Ken learn from each other. Join Arena Stage Associate Artistic Director David Dower, actor Edward Gero, and local theater artists in a conversation about the art of mentoring and mentoring in the arts.
What is Red?!: An Exploration of Color in Different Media
March 4, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. | Arena Stage
What is “red”? John Logan's play does much to complicate a seemingly simple question. Joseph Orzal, creative director of the Pink Line Project's Seeing Red art show at Arena Stage, joins actor Edward Gero, color expert Peter Krsko, and other local artists to discuss the complex role of color in a variety of artistic media.
Film Screening of “Rothko’s Rooms”
Feb. 22-23 at 12:30 p.m.| National Gallery of Art
This documentary tells the story behind the creation of the room designed for Rothko’s Seagram Murals in London’s Tate Modern. Rothko’s Rooms (2000, 45 min.) is filled with anecdotes about the artist culled from friends, family members and curators. Admission to the gallery and its programs is free of charge, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, D.C. more information
It was the paintings. It all comes back to the Seagram’s Murals for me. I was working in London and I happened to go to the Tate Modern museum. Walking into that room and being among those grand and brooding murals for the first time was almost overpowering. They touched me, mostly because of their sense of profound seriousness. I read the little description on the wall of the gallery and knew, immediately, there was a play in Rothko’s complicated relationship with his work. Almost as immediately I knew it had to be a two-hander, to reflect the vibrant interplay of the colors on the canvasses. For me Red has always been binary: red/black; light/dark; young/old; teacher/student; father/son. In the end if you don’t like the play, blame me, not the paintings. They are mute, magnificent and unassailable.