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Sunday Stories: Mark Rothko and the Art of Transcendence

Sunday, September 13, 2020 | 10–10:30am

ADMISSION: This online program is free

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2020-09-13 10:00:00 UTC2020-09-13 23:00:00 UTC America/Los_AngelesThe CJM - 736 Mission St, San Francisco, CASunday Stories: Mark Rothko and the Art of TranscendenceJoin us for another Sunday Story exploring the architects, painters, and sculptors whose designs are inspired by transcendence. Through the work of Mark Rothko, Daniel Libeskind, Ruth Asawa, and Maya Lin, we will explore the combination of awe, fear, beauty, frailty, and mortality present in designs inspired by transcendent experiences.
About the talk

Join us for another Sunday Story exploring the architects, painters, and sculptors whose designs are inspired by transcendence. Through the work of Mark Rothko, Daniel Libeskind, Ruth Asawa, and Maya Lin, we will explore the combination of awe, fear, beauty, frailty, and mortality present in designs inspired by transcendent experiences.

About the Exhibition

Beyond Belief (Jun 28, 2013–Oct 27, 2013) was an expansive exhibition exploring the spiritual dimensions of modern art, especially as seen through the lens of Jewish theological concepts. The exhibition featured forty-eight internationally-known artists whose work—painting, sculpture, photography, video, and installation art—are all drawn from SFMOMA’s outstanding collection. Ranging from a 1914 abstraction by Dutch artist Piet Mondrian to a luminous 1960 abstraction by Mark Rothko and oversized prayer beads by contemporary artist Zarina, Beyond Belief provided an engaging alternative that prioritizes spirituality in the reading of art.

Visitors as seen through Teresita Fernández's piece Fire (2005). Silk yarn, steel armature, and epoxy. 96 in. x 144 in. Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase. © Teresita Fernández. From the exhibition Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art, on view Jun 28–Oct 27, 2013 at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. Photo: Gary Sexton Photography.

Sunday Stories Archive

During The CJM's temporary closure, we are providing Facebook Live video presentations that explore Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas. Sit back, relax, and enjoy recent installments of our popular Sunday Stories series.