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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 15, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeitunq n Friday November n 9 A After 25 years Rothko Chapel is still an interfaith monument By MICHELLE KOIDIN Associated Press Writer HOUSTON AP On a typical mid week day a woman dressed in exercise clothes sits crosslegged on the tile floor of Houstons Rothko Chapel her palms up her eyes closed She wipes away tears Around her 14 large dark murals take up most of the wall space in the octagonshaped chapel The paintings are monotonic and lack the symbolism of any particular religion That absence is the key The Rothko Chapel which turned 25 this year is so small yet stands for so much an understanding among followers of different religions the blending of art and religion an appreciation for protectors of human rights The unpretentious landmark on a treelined street in Houstons Montrose area comfortably holds no more than 200 people Since its consecration in 1971 the chapel has been the site of interfaith weddings baptisms a bar mitzvah It has served as a temple for Hindus and Buddhists a mosque for Muslims One of the citys premier tourist attractions the Rothko Chapel has drawn visitors from all over the world including the Dalai Lami Many scribble in a guestbook their thoughts about how the chapel has touched them No images but I see No sounds but I writes one Such a another says The ability to finally know what I want to ask my It certainly isnt like that for everyone who enters the chapel named for the late abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko who was asked to create a meditative environment When it first opened 2 decades ago it was viewed by many as an oddity Here was a building with the status of a church but without a steeple or cross It contained paintings that had no religious representation The artsy people liked it very much but the others felt Well whats this says Nabila Drooby the executive director Even now Mrs Drooby can look out the window of her office next door to the chapel and see surprised guests as they exit A few days ago I was watching here and I had three youngsters walk in and came out she says We often have reactions like this People who do not know what to expect or dont know anything about it look on a list of monuments to visit see the Rothko Chapel You walk in you see 14 dark panels and nothing else If you do not have a spiritual concern or an artistic sensitivity what is this It was a vision of art patrons John and Dominique de Menil who settled in Houston in the 1940s after fleeing Nazioccupied France They commissioned Rothko and architect Philip Johnson who was building their home at the time Out of a reflecting pool by the chapels entrance rises Barnett Newmans Broken dedicated to slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr I very much believe that the chapel is the womb and the obelisk in front of the chapel is Mrs de Menil says She chose Rothko to provide the sanctuarys only adornment because she liked his use of color and knew there would be no religious symbolism in the paintings Rothko never lived to see the chapel He committed suicide in 1970 at age 67 From the beginning the de Menils imagined a place where anyone would feel welcome The chapel is unique in the world because it belongs to no one and to says Mrs de Menil 88 So many spaces that try to avoid being sectarian and being identified with any particular faith tradition they lose a spiritual quality and it becomes simply a generic says the Rev James Leach of Covenant Baptist Church Somehow what theyve been able to achieve is a non sectarian spiritual space Thats a tremendous gift to the During the 1970s the chapel evolved into a rallying place for the human rights causes close to Mrs de Menils heart In 1981 the chapel celebrated its 10th anniversary by handing out human rights awards of to 12 individuals and groups Five years later the Oscar Romero Award was developed in honor of the murdered archbishop of San Salvador Also in 1986 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