MFAH Mixed Media Party: A Night of Grit.Elegance.Artists.Critics.

MFAH Mixed Media Party: A Night of Grit.Elegance.Artists.Critics.

“We favor the simple expression of the complex thought” –Rothko

As I walk up to the Museum of Fine Art’s Mixed Media Night, breath visible in front of me, maneuvering the long line of artists, critics, and party goers, and music getting louder with every step, it hits me why this is one of the premier social events in the city. The beauty. Stepping into the grand foyer of MFA is breathtaking. Beautiful people peppered among stunning ancient Greek and Roman statues and sarcophaguses set the atmosphere for the evening; a tone of elegance and beauty in the face of a very tragic world.



mfah mixed media party
Photo By Cameron Bertuzzi


Marcus Rothkowitz or more commonly Rothko, a 10-year-old Jewish immigrant, fleeing fascist Russia before WWI, came to the US in 1913. Influenced by supplementing the loss of his father by providing for his family during his childhood, attending Yale University, and living in New York City were reason for his ambivalence and dramatically shaped Rothko’s Abstract Expressionism in his use of the conscious and unconscious.

mfah mixed media party
Photo By Cameron Bertuzzi


This exhibit focuses on Rothko’s use of Surrealism in the tragic and timeless aspects of life. His 1942 piece The Omen of the Eagle, “involves a pantheism in which man, bird, beast, and tree—the known as well as the knowable – merge into a single tragic idea.” His use of color combinations changes the mood of the exhibit as you make your way through. Rothko plays on the more visceral human emotions in his surrealism and color squares, emotions that are as timeless as they are tragic.

mfah mixed media party
Photo By Cameron Bertuzzi


This night was undoubtedly one of elegance and grit, artists and their critics, art and its muses. From the poignantly placed photo booth before the exhibit, the EDM on the outside patio muddling the distinction between high and low culture, to the majestic venue that is the Museum of Fine Arts, beauty was on full display this evening. . MFA’s Mixed Media night accomplished what others could only strive for, throwing one of the best parties in the city and capturing Rothko’s theme of the tragic and the timeless in one evening.






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