Chinati 25th Anniversary Weekend

Chinati's 25th Anniversary Weekend

The Chinati Foundation announces dates and program for its annual weekend, October 7 – 9, 2011 – its 25th anniversary celebration.

Chinati is pleased to invite everyone to attend the museum’s 25th anniversary weekend. Highlighting the event will be special exhibitions by Hiroshi Sugimoto and Jean Arp. There will be a reception with Sugimoto on October 7 prior to the annual Benefit Dinner at the Arena. The following day, October 8, the special exhibitions will open to the public. Chinati’s permanent collection will also be accessible throughout the weekend. In addition to the activities in Marfa, the Judd Foundation will join Chinati in hosting a free breakfast on Sunday morning, October 9, at Casa Perez, Donald Judd’s ranch at the base of Pinto Canyon.

Hiroshi Sugimoto

This year Chinati is pleased to host a special exhibition of new work by Hiroshi Sugimoto, one of the most important photographers of our time. Sugimoto’s black and white photographs of the ocean, an empty movie palace, a blurry modernist architectural masterpiece, or a diorama from the Natural History Museum have become classics of the form.

Chinati will be the first place where a large sequence (24 works) from the pagoda series will be shown.

Chinati’s exhibition will consist of 24 glass pagodas, each six inches high and presented on a tall yet slim, light-colored Japanese wood pedestal. The sculptures are formed of three individual, stacked glass pieces: a cube, a sphere, and a pyramid. In the center of each sphere is a sealed photograph, a miniature seascape, each unique and installed to take full advantage of the light and architecture of Chinati’s exhibition space. Sugimoto will give a talk about his work at the Crowley Theatre on Saturday afternoon October 8, at 3:00 PM.

Jean Arp

Chinati is also pleased to host an exhibition of work by French/German-born artist Jean Arp, a sculptor and a founder of the Dada movement, whose pioneering works in marble, bronze, and plaster brought a unique elegance to biomorphic abstraction. Chinati will present an intimate installation of freestanding sculptures and wall reliefs. Arp’s art was concrete — whole three-dimensional forms that often referred to the body without representing it.  Writing of his 1963 exhibition at the Sidney Janis Gallery, Donald Judd stated, “Arp’s work is never unspecific, although it is unusually general, even empty in a way. The emptiness suggests that if you are interested in a thing it is interesting, and if you are not it is not. That isn’t as obvious as it sounds.” There will be a lecture on Arp’s work by art historian Arie Hartog on Saturday afternoon, October 8 at 4:30 PM at the Crowley Theatre.

Chinati Foundation Benefit Dinner

On Friday, October 7 at 6:00 PM, there will be a preview, with cocktails, of the Sugimoto and Arp exhibitions, followed by a dinner to benefit the museum at 7:30 PM. The dinner, catered by Shelley Hudson and Food Company of Dallas, will be held in the Arena. Tickets are $500 per person ($350 for members and area residents) and seating is limited. For on-line reservations, please click here or email or call the Chinati Foundation office at 432 729 4362.

Permanent Collection

Installations of work by Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, and John Chamberlain, as well as by Carl Andre, Ingólfur Arnarsson, Roni Horn, Robert Irwin, Ilya Kabakov, Richard Long, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, David Rabinowitch, and John Wesley will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Admission is $25 for adults and $10 for students for a two-day pass.  Chinati members and area residents are admitted free of charge.

Selected Judd Foundation spaces will also be open Saturday and Sunday. For Judd Foundation information:

Ranch Breakfast

Note: The Ranch Breakfast is currently sold out.
On Sunday morning, October 9 at 10:00 AM, the Chinati and Judd Foundations will host a breakfast at Casa Perez, Donald Judd’s ranch at the base of Pinto Canyon. This modest house and surrounding structures contain works of art and furniture by Judd, Mexican-style ranch furniture, and artifacts from the artist’s private collection. Nestled into the Mountains, this is a great excursion into the surrounding west Texas landscape. High-clearance vehicles are required, and reservations are recommended.

Artist in Residence

Chinati Artist in Residence Justin Almquist will exhibit new work in the Ice Plant. A Texas native who has lived and worked in Munich for the past five years, Almquist has shown recent work at the Munich Kunstverein and the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus & Kunstbau, Munich. There will be an opening and artist’s reception on Saturday, October 8 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.