October 25, 2013

A stay in Marfa

Our last stop on our second journey was, you guessed it, MARFA!

Installation view, Donald Judd, 15 Untitled Works in Concrete, at the Chinati Foundation

The key thing about artwork in Marfa is that it must be seen in person, the viewers physical perception of the work is integral to it's meaning. Much like our experience at Walter de Maria's Lightning Field, visiting the artworks at Marfa lead to a very different experience and understanding of space and field. 

 During the day, students toured Prada Marfa, The Chinati Foundation (the full Chinati Collection, including Donald Judd's 100 Untitled Works in Mill Aluminum, as well as works by Carl Andre, Ingolfur Arnarsson, John Chamberlin, Dan Flavin, Ilya Kabakov, Richard Long, Claes Oldenburg, David Rabinowitch, John Wesley, and Coosje Van Bruggen). 

Students also spent a day touring the Judd Foundation (which includes Donald Judd's personal buildings: his architecture studio, his residence & studio aka The Block, and more). Students were given a closer look into how Donald Judd lived his life surrounded by and supported by his research and artwork.

At night students visited the numerous galleries, bookstores, and local establishments that make Marfa what it is. Before returning home to Albuquerque, we took a late-night drive to try our luck in the search for the famed Marfa Lights. 

This signals the end of our field journeys. Next up, our exhibition!

Photos by Elizabeth Shores.

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