The Chinati Foundation announces 2024 artists in residence

The Chinati Foundation announced its 2024 artists in residence this week. The first artist, Morgan Bassichis, will begin their residency in Marfa this month. Photo by Mario de Lopez.

MARFA —  The Chinati Foundation/La Fundación Chinati is pleased to announce its 2024 artists in residence: Farah Al Qasimi, Morgan Bassichis, Willie Binnie, Carmina Escobar, Troy Montes Michie and Charisse Pearlina Weston. 

This year, each artist will spend up to two months living and working among the art, architecture and land at Chinati.

“We are thrilled to welcome another extraordinary group of artists to Chinati this year,” said Director Caitlin Murray. “The intimate, unstructured nature of the Artist in Residence Program invites unexpected connections among our community and encourages artists to explore new ideas.” 

Bassichis will be the first artist residency of 2024 and will soon arrive in Marfa. They were last in Marfa in 2021 as part of a residency at Ballroom Marfa with artist DonChristian Jones organized by Daisy Nam. 

Bassichis is a comedic performer who has been described as “fiercely hilarious” by The New Yorker. Their work often uses humor, music and popular education to activate lineages of Jewish anti-Zionist thought and queer radicalism. 

Bassichis was born in 1983 in Newton, Massachusetts, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Their recent performances include ”A Crowded Field” (Abrons Arts Center, 2023), ”Questions to Ask Beforehand” (Bridget Donahue, 2022), ”Don’t Rain on My Bat Mitzvah” (co-created with Ira Khonen Temple, Creative Time, 2021), ”Nibbling the Hand That Feeds Me” (the Whitney Museum of American Art, 2019), and ”Klezmer for Beginners” (co-created with Ethan Philbrick, Abrons Arts Center, 2019). 

They wrote the introduction to the 2019 Nightboat Books edition of 1977 cult classic, The Faggots & Their Friends Between Revolutions, and they are the author of The Odd Years and co-editor with Jay Saper and Rachel Valinsky of Questions to Ask Before Your Bat Mitzvah, both published by Wendy’s Subway. Bassichis has released two albums: March is for Marches with Ethan Philbrick (Triple Canopy, 2019) and More Protest Songs! Live From St. Mark’s Church (Danspace Project, 2018). 

The foundation’s Artist in Residence Program was established by Donald Judd in 1989 and remains fundamental to the artist-centered mission that Judd imagined for Chinati. Since its inception, more than 175 artists from more than 25 countries have participated in the residency program, which does not require that artists produce new work but offers time and space for the development of ideas. Many artists conclude their time in Marfa with an open studio presentation, talk or performance that is free and open to the public.

Chinati’s Artist in Residence Program is currently nomination-based. In making the final selection, Chinati considers the diversity of experiences, backgrounds, and approaches that artists bring to the program, which is generously supported by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation.

A full list of past Chinati artists in residence is available online at https://chinati.org/programs/artists-in-residence/full-list-of-chinati-artists-in-residence/