While dramatic tableaux brought Daumier’s The Uprising to life downstairs, visitors throughout the museum experienced a valentine to the arts–literature, music, culinary, costume, and, of course, theater and visual–during Phillips after 5 with Arena Stage. Stay tuned for a surrealist, crowd-sourced story about Morris Louis’s Seal created in a group writing game in the galleries that night. We’ll publish it here and on Arena Stage’s Stage Banter blog.
At February’s Phillips after 5 the museum collaborated with Arena Stage to celebrate their production of John Logan’s play Red and our Rothko Room. Teaching artists from Arena led theater workshops that brought artworks from the museum to life through tableaux vivants or living pictures. Have a look at participants at play!
We’ve been closely following the development of Arena Stage’s production of John Logan’s play, Red, after our Rothko Room served as a resource for two actors preparing for the role of painter Mark Rothko, Alfred Molina and Edward Gero, as well as a young actor hoping to land the role of Ken, the assistant, in an upcoming production. We’re delighted to hear that the National Gallery of Art has installed three paintings from the artist’s Seagram Murals, the work around which the play unfolds. Red opens in Washington, D.C., on January 20.