Top Five: Ways to Celebrate the Rothko Chapel's 40th Birthday

Meditation time is over. Let the party begin.
Meditation time is over. Let the party begin.
Thomas Struth

Come 2011 the Rothko Chapel will be turning 40 and the chapel's foundation has been hard at work planning a year's worth of stuffy events to celebrate: high-brow concerts, solemn spiritual ceremonies, formal rededications, and so forth. While we've enjoyed such offerings in the past, we imagined things a bit differently for the site as it approaches an imminent mid-life crisis -- a redefinition of self, if you will -- which may or may not include a younger, perkier obelisk.

Therefore, for the foundation's consideration, we offer our following top five suggestions of what we'd like to see happen inside the chapel to liven things up a bit.

Top Five: Ways to Celebrate the Rothko Chapel's 40th Birthday

5. Revisit The Salad Days of Youth With the architectural struggles and the suicide of Rothko himself just before the chapel's completion, we've been wondering if the building ever really got to enjoy its own childhood. We think it would only be proper to indulge in some time-traveling interior redesigning and turn the mood ring back to 1971. It's already got pillows on the floor, but let's double that and add some beanbag chairs and inflatable loveseats. Shag carpet is a must. Also: Blacklights. Everywhere. Put some kind of giant hookah in the center, cart in an old Asteroids arcade machine, order a couple dozen pizzas, and call it a party already.



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