As part of the Art Committee film series, Rothko’s Rooms: The Life and Works of an American Artist will be shown in the Large Meeting Room at 3:30 pm. In the late 1940s and ’50s, Mark Rothko (1903-70) was one of the leading American artists who created wall-scale abstract paintings that filled the viewer’s field of vision and became a form of environment. Rothko spoke of wanting the spectator to feel inside the pictorial space, enveloped in his canvases’ luminous color and apparitional surfaces. Still, he wanted to express a sense of the sublime, an idea associated with religious awe, vastness and natural magnificence. Filmed on both sides of the Atlantic, this documentary, chronicling Rothko’s life and charting the development of his work, fills the screen with his softly defined, rectangular clouds of color stacked symmetrically on top of one another: a visual language conceived to evoke elemental emotions with maximum poignancy.