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Chinati Foundation

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Address: U.S. 67 ( 1/2 mile south of Marfa), Marfa, TX
Phone Number: +1 915-729-4362
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An art museum operated by the Chinati Foundation, housed in a former U.S....

An art museum operated by the Chinati Foundation, housed in a former U.S. Cavalry post, Fort D.A. Russell.

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Chinati Foundation

Surprised at how intriguing 100 varying cubes of aluminum could be! Due to time constraints, viewed the cement cubes from afar and despite detailed directions could not find the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Ron S
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Columbus, Ohio
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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Surprised at how intriguing 100 varying cubes of aluminum could be! Due to time constraints, viewed the cement cubes from afar and despite detailed directions could not find the downtown Marfa location.

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Thank Ron S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

15 outdoor installations of Donald Judd's untitled works in concrete as well as 100+ untitled works in aluminum housed indoors. I'd suggest looking at his pieces and history online prior to visiting to be sure it appeals to you as there are not many other attractions in the area. The Chinati Foundation has odd hours as well so check carefully... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well, YOU might not love it, but I did. You need to see it all for yourself. Nothing I can say will match what you'll experience. The Judd aluminum blocks are just awesome, and changes constantly with the light, weather and seasons, as will Irwin's Dawn till Dusk. Do yourself a favor and GO... with no expectations, just an open... More 

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houston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took the shorter of the two guided tours offered and Carolyn was our guide. She was both passionate and knowledgeable about all the installations. First up: the 100 aluminum boxes of Donald Judd, housed in two renovated Calvary barracks. The interplay with light from outside and the aluminum boxes was beautiful, as were the views of the land outside,... More 

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California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A fantastic combination of land, light, architecture and art all working together. Guided half day tour with Jessica was very worthwhile. Different times of day create different moods. We visited twice!

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was a little underwhelmed by the setup: Two POW building full of one-ton aluminum cubes, each one a little different than the others. If you're willing to get on your knees, walk around each one, and use them as lenses to view your surroundings, they're mesmerizing. I was not expecting to enjoy this as much as I did. It... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

My group did a guided tour of the Judd, Flavin and Irwin exhibitions. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. I learned a great deal about Marfa's history as well as about contemporary art. I hope to return someday!

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Thank kpurring
Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The Chinati Foundation is a mecca for lovers of minimalist art. Donald Judd's 100 aluminum boxes, glowing and vanishing as the sun shifts; Robert Irwin's mysterious scrims, shadowing and fogging the natural light; and Dan Flavin's seemingly innocuous neon tubes, transforming space into color; these are the reasons to visit Marfa, along with the willingness to travel to the edge... More 

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Hartsdale, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Donald Judd controlled all aspects of this display and the interior space and the way he connects it to the exterior landscape can't be replicated. His complex open cubes constructed with stainless steel planes are superby crafted, placed with extraordinary care and create their own symphony. But don't miss the John Chamberlains (spectacular, in town), Ilya Kabakov, the 6 buildings... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

There are many ways to describe the Chinati Foundation, but it depends on what you expect and what you know and/or like/dislike about art. Some come for Donald Judd & Co., some come because it's just something to do in Marfa. If you're not familiar with the Donald Judd story, do a little advance homework and it will enhance your... More 

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