Lowell Lecture

Curated Conversations: Mark Rothko: Close Looking and Reflections

Date & Time

June 17, 2018 at 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.


Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02115
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Zoë Samels, Curatorial Research Associate

Presenting Organization

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


The Arts

Mark Rothko’s evocative paintings reward close looking by viewers. The artist encouraged intimate, immersive encounters with his paintings—he wanted viewers to experience his art from “within the picture.” Join curatorial research associate Zoë Samels for a tour of 11 outstanding paintings by Rothko on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. These works showcase the full sweep of his career—from early surrealist work to multiform compositions to classic color field paintings—and trace his exploration of the expressive potential of color. The talk also involves close-looking exercises in front of specific works, after which you can share your experience with Rothko’s enveloping paintings with other visitors.