Chinati Weekend 2020 | LIVE from Marfa, TX | Friday October 9 - Sunday October 11


Stellina is a West Texas trattoria known for home-cooked rustic fare, served around a great big wine bar. Currently closed, with plans for StellinaMart underway, here are two of Krista Steinhauer’s suggestions for celebrating Chinati Weekend at home.


stellina la mordida

LA MORDIDA Means THE BITE; it also means THE BRIBE. Named by Chinati’s Peter Stanley and concocted by Lizzy Wetzel, this was the signature drink in celebration of the completion of Robert Irwin’s untitled (dawn to dusk) in 2016.

  • 2 parts TEQUILA
  • LIME to taste

To make the syrup, bring (1) cup of water to boil in a saucepan. Slowly add (1) cup of sugar and boil until dissolved, about 3 minutes. Add (2) habanero peppers, cut into quarters. Simmer till syrupy, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat to cool, then chuck the peppers and store the syrup in a glass jar.


piri piri from stellina

Krista, who has cooked many a fabulous Chinati Weekend dinner, kindly shared this recipe for one of Stellina’s favorite dishes—along with the caveat: “can you finesse this mess?” Give it a try and find out for yourself.

  • Marinate WHOLE QUAIL in a SHERRY VINAIGRETTE for a little while.
    makes plenty of sauce for plenty of quail
  • Roast (2-3) RED BELL PEPPERS.
  • Char (4-5) GARLIC CLOVES and (1/2) a sliced ONION.
  • Soak (4-5) CHILE DE ARBOL in hot water.
  • Throw above in a blender with (1 tablespoon) SMOKED PAPRIKA, splash of SHERRY VINEGAR, salt to taste, some extra virgin OLIVE OIL, LEMON JUICE, a little water if too thick. Pulse to blend, but don’t puree—or do puree, if you want 🙂
    shooting for spicy/sweet/tangy/smoky piri piri
  • Grill quail if boneless, or roast in a hot oven if not, basting with butter melted with some piri piri, then serve sauce on the side.

To roast quail in the oven, preheat to 500. Roast for 10-12 minutes (150 internal temperature). Let rest for 10 minutes.


Friday, October 9

INTRODUCING CHINATI WEEKENDCurator Ingrid Schaffner maps the weekend’s program.MADE IN MARFAMakers, Purveyors, Canteen, CommunityWander the spaces and meet the people that make Marfa unique. Live all weekend.

Saturday, October 10

DIRECTOR’S WELCOMEDirector Jenny Moore introduces the 33rd annual Chinati Weekend

8:00am-1:00pmOPEN HOUSEExplore new and archival contentCOLLECTION TOURS— Friends of Chinati share their knowledge of favorite works at the museum.CHINATI 2020— Chinati staff Peter Stanley, Hannah Marshall, and Tobin Becker address current conservation, archival and restoration projects at the museum.CHINATI FOR CHILDREN — Donald Judd interviewed by May Quick’s 8th grade class from Marfa Elementary School in November 1978. The interview took place at La Mansana de Chinati/The Block, Judd’s home in Marfa, Texas, now Judd Foundation.Video courtesy of Marion Quick, © 2020 May Quick.
Donald Judd Art © Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
CASTING THE WORKS IN CONCRETE — Archival footage of the work in progress.CAVALRY DAYS — “Rambling Boy” Lonn Taylor recounts Chinati’s early history as Fort D.A. Russell.Audio courtesy KRTS-FM Marfa Public Radio.

1:00-2:00pmLUNCH BREAKAt the railroad tracks

2:00pm JUDD FOUNDATION VISITING SCHOLAR: ANN TEMKINHosted by Judd Foundation in conjunction with Chinati Weekend

4:00pmCHINATI SPECIAL EXHIBITION: DIALOGUEAnn Temkin, in conversation with Jenny MooreExplore the dialogue between rarely seen works in Chinati’s collection: Donald Judd, untitled works in plywood, 1978, and Barnett Newman, Notes (I–XII), 1968. Ann Temkin is the Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; she has organized major historic surveys of the work of Donald Judd (2020) and Barnett Newman (2002).

6:00pm CHINATI WEEKEND: CONTINUUMWriter Sterry Butcher narrates an illustrated history of Chinati Weekend

8:00pmTRUCKLOAD OF MARFA MUSICTravel with musician hosts Primo Carrasco and David Beebe for sets by W. Creeves, Mia Valentini, Tilly Hawk, and the Marfa Municipal Alliance for Dead Country and Folk Singers performed at Chinati locations around Marfa.

9:30-11:00pmCHINATI WEEKEND AIRWAVESHosted by KRTS-FM Marfa Public Radio in conjunction with Chinati WeekendMarfa Public Radio dedicates tonight’s program to the many musical talents who have performed at Chinati Weekend.

Sunday, October 11

11:00amLOOKING FORWARDLynne Cooke and Sarah Workneh, in conversation with Ingrid SchaffnerExplore the role of the curatorial and community-building in making cultural institutions more diverse and inclusive. This conversation also introduces a year of online programming in conjunction with a major refurbishment of Dan Flavin’s untitled (Marfa project), which was publicly inaugurated at Chinati Weekend 20 years ago.
Lynne Cooke is the Senior Curator, Special Projects in Modern Art, at the National Gallery, Washington, DC; from 1991-2008 she was the curator at Dia Art Foundation. Sarah Workneh is Co-Director of Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

12:00pmARTISTS IN RESIDENCEExplore new work with 2020 resident artistsKB JONES — A studio visit at the Locker Plant with the painter.SAHRA MOTALEBIResonators (psychoacoustic drawing, Arena), 2020. Digital video, 3 minutes.

BAGPIPESMahrla Manning, Pipe Major of Empyre Pipes and Drums of El Paso, Texas