Chinati Summer Shake-Up 2020

This summer, the Chinati Foundation will offer free online art projects for young artists near and far. We'll focus on the process of making art every Monday, Wednesday and Friday as part of this year's Summer Shake Up.

Judd retrospective opens at the Museum of Modern Art, New York

March 1–July 11, 2020

Judd, the first US retrospective of Donald Judd’s work in over thirty years, brings together sculpture, painting, drawing, and rarely seen works from throughout his career to survey the complete evolution of the artist’s remarkable vision.

Paint Making

The Chinati Foundation is pleased to host Marfa artist Nick Terry for a free paint-making workshop from 9am to 2pm on Saturday, January 18. This introductory workshop provides participants with the skills, materials and knowledge to make water-based paints. They'll also gain an understanding of this versatile and timeless media.

Longform Workshops

How did we get here? And what is important? These are big and lofty questions, central questions for any artist, and they are questions that have been plumbed by students who’ve participated in the sustained projects that have grown from Chinati’s ongoing and rich partnership with Marfa ISD. The Longform Workshop allows the student to think about a topic over an extended period of time. Out of town visits, guest speakers and an emphasis on critical thinking are all hallmarks of these programs, which can span several days or several months. The workshops described below originally incorporated multiple visits to Marfa ISD by Chinati educators, various visits by students to the museum and different trips to cultural sites and museums in other cities. In our experience with working with out of town districts we’ve found that many of them can be executed remotely, abridged or adapted into shorter programs.

Seeing Light and Space

With an emphasis on the works of Dan Flavin and Robert Irwin, Seeing Light and Seeing Space center on the importance of making time to actively see. The Flavin and Irwin workshops offer opportunities to notice and take account of the presence of light. Visiting students are asked to look for elements within the work that a casual observer might miss. Where does an artwork involving light begin and end? How much does the environment play a role in what is seen? Where is the art, exactly? And what is it?

Grassland Bird Field Day

The Chinati Foundation is pleased to host Sul Ross State University’s Borderlands Research Institute for a Grassland Bird Field Day on Saturday, December 1, 2018.

This free workshop includes three [read more]

Introduction to Indigo and Shibori

The Chinati Foundation is pleased to host Nashville-based teaching artist Aaron Sanders Head for a shibori workshop November 10, 2018. In this one-day workshop, students will learn basics of shibori resist dyeing, with a concentration on folded, tied, and clamped resist, and will learn to dye natural fiber goods in a vat of plant-derived indigo dye.

Chinati Summer Shake-Up 2018 Video Release

This year’s Summer Shake Up was a spectacular success, with students exploring light, color systems and film. Students pre-K through 8th grade were encouraged to sink deep into Chinati’s works [read more]

Marfa ISD and Chinati present Light and Space Summer Shake-Up 2018

MARFA – Calling young artists!

All pre-k through 8th grade students are invited to play with light, shadow, pigment and film during this year’s light and space-themed Summer Shake Up! [read more]

Film Studies Workshop with David Fenster

On Saturday, February 10, Chinati will host a one-day film studies workshop led by filmmaker David Fenster and focused on the Western. Fenster has selected a slate of films that span the genre, from classic to more revisionist and unconventional examples.

Range Ecology & Plant Identification Workshop

The Chinati Foundation is pleased to host Sul Ross State University’s Borderlands Research Institute and the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Marfa Soil Survey Office for a Range Ecology and Plant Identification Workshop on Saturday, November 4th.

Pronghorn Field Day at Chinati, July 15, 2017

The Chinati Foundation is pleased to host Sul Ross State University’s Borderlands Research Institute for a Pronghorn Field Day on Saturday, July 15. This free workshop includes two lectures and two hands-on demonstrations from field scientists working with the Trans-Pecos Pronghorn Restoration Project. Through translocations, habitat improvements and predator management, this group works to bolster pronghorn populations that have reached historic lows.