Chinati Weekend and Made in Marfa move online this October

Dan Flavin, untitled (Marfa project), 1996. The Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas Photo by Alex Marks.

MARFA — Chinati Foundation will host this year’s Chinati Weekend and Made in Marfa events entirely online this year, making it the most accessible Chinati Weekend to date. From October 9 to 11, virtual visitors from across the globe will be able to tune in for events and more, while staying in the comfort of their homes.

“While Chinati continues to take its civic responsibility seriously during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are elevated by the opportunity to present a range of Chinati Weekend programming, conceived specifically to be experienced online,” the institution announced this week.

Enjoy collection tours, talks, music and performances. Mark the 20th anniversary of the public inauguration of Dan Flavin’s luminous-with-fluorescence permanent installation at Chinati. Visit local makers, purveyors, canteens and community spaces by way of Made in Marfa, virtually. Delve into material excavated from our archive and gather around a virtual bonfire to garner history and lore of past weekends.

This year, the Chinati Foundation is keeping the spirit but moving the destination of the museum’s biggest public program. Over the course of three days — starting Friday, October 9 thru Sunday, October 11 — the museum’s website will be a portal for contents and programs inspired by a traditional Chinati Weekend.

The Chinati Weekend tradition was inaugurated in 1987 by the museum’s founder, artist Donald Judd, as a means to bring together Chinati’s local, national and international communities. More than 30 years later, the October weekend has grown to be Chinati’s most important annual event and a much-anticipated cultural celebration for the West Texas region, bringing scores of visitors to Marfa for a weekend of free public programs. Celebrating this significant gathering online enables greater participation for those interested in this unique art space and resilient community — without making the physical journey to Marfa.

Chinati will announce further details and post a full schedule of the weekend’s program in the coming weeks. For more information, check www.chinati.org or sign up for mailings. The annual event is made possible through the generous support of friends and donors; to support the Chinati Weekend 2020 online program, visit https://chinati.org/support/sponsorcw2020/.


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