I was so excited to arrive to the Phillips Collection and find that they had a Rothko Room! Rothko is one of my favorite artists, and I love sitting and enjoying his artwork for long periods of time. It was a wonderfully small room with a bench right in the middle for pondering the bleeding, layering, and movement of Rothko's paintings up close.
I was disappointed by two things: the lack of light in the room, and the loud creaky bench. I couldn't really see the undulating movement I normally look for in Rothko's work because it was just too dark. And every time I moved or adjusted my weight on the bench or someone came in to sit down to join me the bench made an awful, loud sound destroying my reverie.