Rothko: Pictures Must Be Miraculous

Essay from the National Gallery of Art

MARK ROTHKO A central figure among the abstract expressionists who emerged in New York in the late 1940s, Mark Rothko brought a new sense of drama into abstract art. In his large floating rectangles of color, which seem to engulf the spectator, he explored the expressive potential of color contrasts and modulations with a rare […]

Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage

Edward James Olmos on Raúl Juliá

In an outtake from Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage, Edward James Olmos recalls watching his friend Raúl Juliá spontaneously perform Shakespeare on tabletops in bars.

Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage

Raúl Juliá – Timeline

March 9, 1940 Raúl Julia was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and grew up surrounded by his tight-knit entrepreneurial family. He turned heads in his school performances, from nativity scenes in kindergarten through his roles in classic Spanish plays at Colegio San Ignacio, the Jesuit boys’ high school he attended. After graduating from San […]

Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart


May 19, 1930 — Lorraine Vivian Hansberry is born to Carl Augustus Hansberry, Sr. and Nannie Louise Hansberry in Chicago, Illinois. 1937 — Carl moves his family to a home in the Woodlawn neighborhood’s all-white Washington Park subdivision in defiance of a restrictive covenant. Local backlash against the Hansberry family eventually results in a legal […]

This Is Bob Hope…


Early Life May 29, 1903 — Leslie Towns Hope is born in Eltham, England, the fifth of seven sons, to William Henry Hope and Avis Towns Hope. 1908 — The Hope family emigrates to the United States, settling in Cleveland. 1924 — Hope, working as one-half of a comedy dance team, joins a vaudeville revue […]

This Is Bob Hope…


The scope of Hope’s achievement, viewed from the distance of a few years, is almost unimaginable. By nearly any measure, he was the most popular entertainer of the twentieth century, the only one who achieved success — often No. 1–rated success — in every major genre of mass entertainment in the modern era: vaudeville, Broadway, movies, radio, television, popular song, and live concerts. He virtually invented stand-up comedy in the form we know it today. His face, voice, and stage mannerisms (the nose, the lopsided smile, the confident, sashaying walk, and the ever-present golf club) made him more recognizable to more people than any other entertainer since Charlie Chaplin. A tireless stage performer who traveled the country and the world for more than half a century doing live shows for audiences in the thousands, he may well have been seen in person by more people than any other human being in history.

Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny

On His Mark

On His Mark: Richard Linklater explores the rich contradictions of artifice and reality, theatre and film, love and desire in ‘Me and Orson Welles.’