Chinati Weekend 2021 in Review

Open House dinner at the Arena. Photo by Alex Marks

Thanks to all who joined us in person and remotely for the 34th annual Chinati Weekend Open House celebration. We are grateful to the friends, neighbors, and sponsors who made this weekend possible. Please enjoy these highlights from the weekend’s program!


Cocktails in a fort-era mess hall on Chinati’s grounds. Photo by Alex Marks

The weekend commenced with a cocktail reception for Chinati Weekend Benefactors on the museum’s grounds and public events throughout downtown Marfa. 

Alan Ruiz’s Open Studio at the Locker Plant. Photo by Alex Marks

There was a reception for Chinati’s Artist in Residence, Alan Ruiz, who presented an Open Studio installation. Local makers, purveyors, canteens, and community organizations hosted Made in Marfa events – the full roster remains accessible on Chinati’s website at:


Roni Horn’s Things That Happen Again, Pair Object VII (For a Here and a There), 1986–1988. Photo by Alex Marks

On Saturday and Sunday, Chinati welcomed visitors for Open House viewing. It was the first chance to experience the full collection since March 2020.

Dan Flavin’s untitled (in memory of my father, D. Nicholas Flavin), 1974. Photo by Alex Marks

Two special exhibitions were inaugurated: Dan Flavin’s untitled (in memory of my father, D. Nicholas Flavin) (1974) and a new installation of Donald Judd’s untitled works in plywood and paintings by Hyong-Keun Yun. These works will remain on display through summer 2022. 

Three paintings by Hyong-Keun Yun, 1993 / Donald Judd, untitled works in plywood, 1978. Photo by Alex Marks
David Dove performing Sounding untitled for the Self-guided Listener in Dan Flavin’s untitled (Marfa project). Photo by Alex Marks

Sounding untitled for the Self-guided Listener, a site-specific performance by nine musicians, scored by David Dove, took place with special permission from the Estate of Dan Flavin. 

The ensemble’s performance was one of four commissions occasioned by the reopening of Dan Flavin’s untitled (Marfa project) with 336 new fluorescent lamps.

Another commission to present Dan Flavin’s installation at Chinati in a new light was an artist’s talk by Alan Ruiz. “Ambient Conditions of Everyday Life” is accessible on Chinati’s website at:

Douglas Friedman and Tilly Hawk mixing cocktails at the Friedman Ranch. Photo by Jenny Moore

Douglas Friedman generously hosted cocktails at sunset for Chinati Weekend Benefactors. 

Open House dinner in the Arena. Photo by Alex Marks

Saturday night, visitors gathered for an Open House dinner featuring ranch fare, mariachi, bagpipes, tequila, and sotol.

Mariachi Santa Cruz performing outside the Arena. Photo by Alex Marks


Visitors among Donald Judd’s 100 untitled works in mill aluminum during Sunday’s sunrise viewing. Photo by Alex Marks
Visitors among Donald Judd’s 15 untitled works in concrete during Sunday’s sunrise viewing. Photo by Alex Marks

Sunday morning started with sunrise viewing of Donald Judd’s 15 untitled works in concrete and 100 untitled works in mill aluminum, followed by Open House viewing of the full collection. 

A closing brunch was graciously hosted by Dan and Ashlyn Perry at their home, a rammed earth construction designed by Lake|Flato Architects. 

Brunch at Dan and Ashlyn Perry’s home. Photo by Alex Marks.

Chinati Weekend 2021 was generously supported by Brooke Alexander, Valerie and Robert Arber, Art Blocks, Ben E. Keith Co., Mark and Carolyn Blackburn, William Bondy, Suzanne Cadden, Lee and Mike Cohn, Wendy and Joe Davis, Joseph DiCristina, Laura and Walter Elcock, Douglas Friedman, Mack and Cece Fowler, Matthew Goudeau, Anthony Grant, Sarah Harte and John Gutzler, Crystal Hansen, Robert Holleyman and Bill J. Keller, Natasha Kamrani, Lorri Kershner, Rosy Keyser, Lannan Foundation, Kathleen and Christopher Loughlin, McGinnis Family Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas, Anthony and Celeste Meier, Jaqueline Northcut, Rebecca and Christian Patry, Dan and Ashlyn Perry, Pilgrim Building Company, Josh Pollock, Brenda R. Potter, Matt Powell, Noelle and Eric Reed, Liz Rogers, Lawyer, Mr. and Mrs. Rod Sanders, Haley Schultheis and Sean Richardson, Nicolas Shake, JLH Simonds, Neil and Carla Subin, studio CAK, Land Arts of the American West at Texas Tech, Natalie and Terry Tocker, Patricia Villareal and Tom Leatherbury, Erin and Larry Waks, Summer Wilson, and WinWin Creative LLC.

Chinati is grateful for the in-kind sponsorship of Tequila Casa Dragones, The Marfa Spirit Co., Rambler Sparkling Water, Troop Beverage Co., and Twisted X Brewing Co.

Chinati Weekend programming is made possible in part with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Special thanks to Alex Marks for his photography throughout the weekend.