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Posted on Sun, May 6, 2012 : 5:51 a.m.

Rothko lecture offered at Performance Network

By Staff


U-M art history professor Grant Mandarino

Photo courtesy of Grant Mandarino

As the recent recipient of international critical acclaim, as well as six Tony Awards, John Logan’s drama, “Red,” has brought the artist Mark Rothko out of the museums and onto stages across the country. Soon to be produced by Performance Network Theatre, “Red” chronicles two years in the life of Rothko, as he works feverishly on the then highest paid commission in history, for New York’s Four Seasons Restaurant.

In conjunction with the production, PNT and the Ann Arbor District Library are teaming up to bring community members a deeper look at Rothko’s famed commission as well as his other life’s works. Grant Mandarino, from the University of Michigan art history department, will be presenting a free lecture on Rothko on Tuesday, May 8, from 7-8:30 p.m. at PNT, 120 E. Huron St.

In addition to his regular teaching duties, Mandarino works as a freelance art critic and has published reviews in journals such as Artnet Magazine, USart, The Stranger, Ann Arbor Observer, and H-Net German.

PNT’s production of “Red” runs through May 27. Tickets are available by phone at 734-663-0681, online at, or in person at 120 E. Huron St.