Mark Rothko Pavilion

Our partners at The Urban Digest penned a wonderful essay on the Portland Art Museum's expansion plans for the Mark Rothko Pavilion.  As noted, Rothko was a Lincoln High School grad and studied briefly under famed artist Max Weber.  His work first appeared in the Portland Art Museum’s Belluschi Building followed by an exhibit in New York City’s Contemporary Art Gallery. 

Rothko’s rich legacy forms an essential bridge to the Museum’s future. His children will be loaning the Museum selected works of their father’s to be displayed in the Mark Rothko Pavilion on a one-at-a-time, rotating basis. These paintings will be among several destination highlights of the 30,000-square-foot, three-story structure, which will also allow museumgoers to stroll seamlessly between respective floors of the Belluschi and Mark buildings. And perhaps as important, the Mark Rothko Pavilion will connect The Museum even more intimately to the surrounding South Park Blocks.
— The Urban Digest
Mark Rothko Pavilion, Courtesy of the Portland Art Museum

Mark Rothko Pavilion, Courtesy of the Portland Art Museum

Surveying the Museum from the South Park Blocks today, you immediately appreciate its historic importance, while sensing its growing influence on the city's evolution.

The Museum’s two existing buildings are both impressive structures, though stylistically miles apart. The main building, the Belluschi, is modernist: Italian-born Portland architect Pietro Belluschi made his name with it in 1932. The Mark Building—purchased by the Museum in the 1990s and now home to the Jubitz Center for Modern & Contemporary Art—plainly reveals its former incarnation as a 1920s-era Masonic temple: imposing and colonnaded. 

A glass-walled addition—the Mark Rothko Pavilion, announced in 2016 and slated to be finished in late 2020 or early 2021—will bridge the two structures. Filled with natural light and communal spaces, the passageway will also be its own welcoming portal and gathering place. Functionally and aesthetically unifying, the Pavilion will give the campus “an uninterrupted artistic vista,” integrating it deeper into the fabric of the community.

Continue reading the article at The Urban Digest.