moments in focus…

Broken Obelisk sculpture @ the Rothko Chapel



I saved this picture for today’s post, only because I had PSed a few images and had them in a folder lined up to upload for three days in a row, this one happened to fall on todays blogging day. It was taken on our visit to the Menil Collection (Menil link:  HOME ) over the holidays.  Such a peaceful and reflective place.  Come to find out, as I researched the sculpture a bit, it was dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. in 1971.  Coincidence or not?

I included some information off the website for the Rothko Chapel below. I also included a quote, which seems appropriate for today (but maybe that’s the issue, it’s appropriate for EVERYday.)

First the quote (the last line stand out to me):

“What should move us to action is human dignity: the inalienable dignity of the oppressed, but also the dignity of each other.  We lose dignity if we tolerate the intolerable.”  ~Dominique de Menil



About the Chapel: (Rothko link: index.php)

The Rothko Chapel, founded by Houston philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil, was dedicated in 1971 as an intimate sanctuary available to people of every belief. A tranquil meditative environment inspired by the mural canvases of Russian born American painter Mark Rothko (1903-1970), the Chapel welcomes thousands of visitors each year, people of every faith and from all parts of the world.  On the plaza, Barnett Newman’s majestic sculpture, Broken Obelisk, stands in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

The Rothko Chapel is an independent institution, a sacred place open to all people, every day.  In 2011 the Chapel will celebrate its fortieth anniversary, having achieved, in those years, recognition as one of the greatest artistic achievements of the second half of the twentieth century.  In 2001 the Chapel was listed in the National Register of Historic Places, an honor awarded before the institution was fifty years old. The Chapel regularly makes top ten lists of places to visit, and is a featured entry in National Geographic’s book Sacred Places of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Most Peaceful and Powerful Destinations, published in 2009.

The Chapel has two vocations: contemplation and action. It is a place alive with religious ceremonies of all faiths, and where the experience and understanding of all traditions are encouraged and made available. Action takes the form of supporting human rights, and thus the Chapel has become a rallying place for all people concerned with peace, freedom, and social justice throughout the world.



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