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


Named for the carmine red dye and the tiny insect creature that produces it, Cochineal restaurant is a beautiful room and garden. The menu celebrates the flavors of west Texas, which owner/chef Alexandra Gates—a 2020 James Beard Award semifinalist—particularly relates to the flowers, herbs, agave, and other flora of the high desert prairie. Her recipe for green gazpacho is just that herbaceous.


green gazpacho from cochineal

This recipe should serve four as a light appetizer or starter.

  • 4 CUCUMBERS, coarsely chopped
  • 4 TOMATILLO, husks removed and roasted
  • 2 ANAHEIM GREEN CHILIES, fresh, roasted, stems and seeds removed, coarsely chopped
  • 1 POBLANO CHILI, fresh, roasted, stems and seeds removed, coarsely chopped
  • 2 MILD BANANA PEPPERS, stems and seeds removed, coarsely chopped
  • ½ SHALLOT, chopped
  • 3 GREEN ONIONS, chopped
  • 1-2 JALAPENO PEPPERS, de-seeded & minced (depending on spice-level)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh CILANTRO
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh PARSLEY
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh MINT
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh DILL
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh BASIL
  • 4 leaves fresh SORREL
  • 1-2 roasted cloves of GARLIC, mashed to a paste with 1 teaspoon salt
  • pinch smoked PAPRIKA
  • ½ teaspoon WHITE PEPPER
  • pinch CUMIN
  • SALT to taste

Blend the above ingredients until smooth, pour into individual bowls, and top with a drizzle of good quality extra-virgin olive oil. And the following as garnish:
Crème fraiche to top or Marfa Maid Goat yogurt
Borage or cucumber flowers as garnish

Our garden has an abundance of chilies and herbs this time of year and I always worry I will not be able to use them all before the first freeze which occurs toward the end of October. I feel this dish is a nice light and slightly tangy palate opener to a smoky brisket by Convenience West! Much love, Alexandra Gates


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