Public Programs at the Rothko Chapel: Full calendar of events at the space dedicated to spirituality, art, human rights

The Rothko Chapel recently invited the public to a film screening under the stars - and guests gathered on Wednesday, April 29 to watch "Journey of the Universe," a film created by a renowned team of scientists, scholars and filmmakers all wanting to examine big science, big history and the big story.

Executive producers Mary Evelyn Tucker, Ph.D. and John Grim, Ph.D. were on hand to host a discussion of the film before the screening and answer questions after. Tucker and Grim are both senior lecturers and research scholars at Yale University, where they have appointments in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the Divinity School and the Department of Religious Studies.

Bringing first class speakers and inquisitive minds to Houston - and hosting thought-provoking and inspiring events - are two of the primary goals of the Chapel. Past programs have featured leaders, heroes, artists, musicians, scientists and scholars from all over the world including Amiri Baraka, President Jimmy Carter, the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Brice Marden, Rigoberta MenchĂș, Raimon Panikkar, Nelofer Pazira, Steve Reich, Jonas Salk, Amartya Sen and Susan Sontag.

"'Journey to the Universe' was an example of the Chapel at its best," interim executive director Claudia Horwitz said. "The film and dialogue about our place in the cosmos provided all of us with inspiration. We welcome all Houstonians to plug into the exciting and full calendar of events this spring at the Rothko Chapel," "The offerings are inspiring and include music, film and lectures, all designed to ignite thought and positive action."

In May, the Chapel will host a Buddhist meditation, tai chi by the reflecting pool and an immersive meditative performance by a Tadasana Troupe. In June, there will be a screening of "Painters Painting," Emile de Antonio's 1973 film tracing the genesis of abstract expressionism through conversations with the legendary figures who redefined New York's post-war art world. The Chapel will also begin its series of summer concerts and celebrate the solstice with a Tibetan yoga practice and taiko drumming.

"Every day of the year, visitors come to the Rothko Chapel to meditate and reflect and to see the amazing paintings by Mark Rothko and view Barnett Newman's powerful sculpture 'Broken Obelisk,'" Horwitz said.

In its 40 years, the Chapel has achieved recognition as one of the greatest artistic achievements of the second half of the 20th century. In 2001 the Chapel was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Chapel regularly makes top ten lists of places to visit and is a featured entry in National Geographic's "Sacred Places of a Lifetime: 500 of the World's Most Peaceful and Powerful Destinations," published in 2009. For more information about the Rothko Chapel and the full calendar of upcoming programs, workshops and events, or call 713-524-9839

About the Rothko Chapel
The Rothko Chapel is open to the public every day of the year at no charge and successfully interconnects art, spirituality and compassionate action through a broad array of free public programs. Founded by Houston philanthropists Dominique and John de Menil, the Chapel was dedicated in 1971 as an intimate sanctuary. Today it stands as a monument to art, spirituality and human rights. As an independent non-profit, non-governmental organization, the Chapel depends on contributions from foundations and individuals to support its mission of creating a space for contemplation and dialogue on important issues.