You won’t find a gallery district in Marfa. Rather, you will find sprawling beauty that defies any single definition or interpretation.
They call it minimalism, but the implications are anything but minimal. Simple and ever expansive all at once, Marfa’s internationally renowned artworks are inextricably linked with the breathtaking West Texas landscape.
Museums that dare you to think big, really big, as you traverse the grounds of a former military base. Socially relevant works that present the world from a different angle. Museums that pay homage to the unflagging allure of traditional Western art and mythology. With a handful of smaller galleries that are always full of surprises, you need not be daunted by their hours… “By appointment,” really means, “It’s too beautiful outside to sit inside all day, but please call and we’ll show you around.”
From sparse, large-scale visual drama to a performance about making the perfect tortilla, the art here won’t tell you what to think, but it might get you thinking.
Master printer Robert Arber has produced limited edition lithographs and woodcuts for numerous, internationally known artists including Donald Judd, Bruce Nauman, John Baldessari, Ilya Kabakov, Richard Prince, Al Taylor and David Rabinowitch. Open most days or by appointment.
Presenting “Last Supper” by Andy Warhol and “September Eleven” by Maria Zerres. Open weekends all year and by appointment.
Ballroom Marfa is a non-profit cultural space dedicated to presenting leading and cutting edge artists working in the visual arts, performance, film, and music. The Ballroom provides a youthful, festive and colorful balance to the established Marfa art scene, and has emerged as a hub for artistic activity in the region.
Presents contemporary art work from national, international, and artists residing in Marfa with an emphasis on supporting creative spirits and a welcoming atmosphere.
Chinati is an internationally known contemporary art museum founded by minimalist artist Donald Judd. It exhibits large scale installations by a limited number of artists on the grounds of Fort D. A. Russell and in buildings in the town of Marfa. Chinati features paintings, sculptures, poems, installations, drawings and other works by renowned artists Donald Judd, John Chamberlain, Claus Oldenburg & Choose van Bruggen, Dan Flavin, Ilya Kabakov, Roni Horn and many more. Public tours available Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
A contemporary exhibition space presenting paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations by noted American artists. The space is characterized by minimalist installation and an atmosphere conducive to quiet reflection and contemplation of the work.
Located in the historic Hotel Paisano, the gallery features regional artists in varied media. Multiple shows are hosted each year. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
The headquarters for the International Woman’s Foundation, Hacienda del Arcon is a premier training center for artistic development and healthful aging. The former Officers Club and BOQ of Fort D.A. Russell, building 98 is a venue for artist presentations, showings and special events. Murals painted by WWII German POWs depict scenes of the Chihuahuan Desert. Tours are by appointment only.
Fine art and photography by Donald Judd, Carl Andre, John Chamberlain and other artists associated with Chinati, plus other post-1960s artists. Photography by Ellen Carey, Nan Goldin and others.
For tour information, please see the Judd Foundation website.
Gallery with exhibitions that rotate frequently featuring local and national artists.
The latest addition the heart of Marfa. Featuring art, education and an artist in residence program. The building is also home to Pizza Foundation. At the corner of Hwy 90 and Hwy 67/17.
This itinerary is compliments of the Marfa Visitor Center.