Events Galore at the Rothko Chapel
Rita Nakashima Brock a founding Co-Director of Faith Voices for the Common Good and a visiting scholar at the Starr King School for the Ministry, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California. She is the author of numerous books on Christian theology, most recently Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire, with Rebecca Parker. Brock is currently working with the Truth Commission on Conscience in War, which is exploring the impact of moral injury on soldiers and advocating for the adoption of selective conscientious objection in times of war.
The Rothko Chapel has recently been popular amongst the South Asians as Austin-based ensemble Riyaaz Qawwali presented a performance of the Islamic devotional music known as Qawwali. The chapel did witness a full house.
The Rothko Chapel, an internationally renowned intimate sanctuary formed around 14 monumental canvases by Mark Rothko, an interfaith space conceived and made possible by Houston philanthropists Dominique and John de Menil, and a timeless landmark that was blessed by an international roster of religious dignitaries at its opening in 1971, is observing its 40th anniversary in calendar year 2011 with programs and events that celebrate its mission as a sacred space dedicated to art, contemplation, and action.
The Rothko Chapel is an independent institution, a sacred place open to all people, every day. This summer, the Rothko Chapel presents a music series of four programs that recognize the integral role of music to the sacred experience and in the history of the Chapel. As an art form, music speaks an international language and has the capacity to bind diverse people together through a shared experience.
The programs will be held from June till August 2011 at the Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon Street, and are free and open to the public.