February 7th: An Evening of Mark Rothko with Distinguished Art Historian Thomas Crow


With the generous support of the Haines Morris Endowment, the School of Art and the Department of Theatre have teamed up to bring the distinguished art historian Thomas Crow to campus. A highly respected scholar, Crow is the Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. He has also taught at the University of Chicago, Princeton University, and Yale University, as well as spending six years as the director of the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. On the evening of February 7th, Professor Crow will deliver a lecture on the work of the Abstract Expressionist painter Mark Rothko (1903-1970). Entitled “Mark Rothko’s Actors: Shape and Edge in the Evolution of His Art,” this talk will take place in the Hodges Library Auditorium at 5 p.m.; the lecture is free and open to the public.

Professor Crow comes to the University of Tennessee on the occasion of the Department of Theatre’s production of John Logan’s play Red directed by UT faculty member John Sipes. Winner of the 2010 Tony Award for best play, Red gives the audience a gripping view of Rothko as he sets out in 1958 to paint a series of murals for New York’s exclusive Four Seasons restaurant. Shuttling wildly between his highest artistic aspirations and his near-crippling anxieties, Logan’s Rothko confronts the audience with a captivating picture of the artist’s capacity for egotism and brutality but also transcendence. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a question-and-answer session between Professor Crow, the audience, the cast, and the director, John Sipes.

For additional information concerning Professor Crow’s visit to Campus, please consult the School of Art website. For information about Red and to purchase tickets, please consult the CBT and Carousel website.


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