From Sotol to Bagpipes — Chinati Weekend 2020 Remains Accessible on Chinati's Website

The Chinati Foundation hosted this year’s Chinati Weekend and Made in Marfa events entirely online. Over 4,800 people around the globe tuned into the most accessible Chinati Weekend to date. Click here to view recordings from the weekend’s events.

Online analytics with Chinati Weekend attendance indicated in blue

Over the course of three days—October 9 to October 11—the museum’s website served as a portal to new content and live programs for visitors to enjoy safely from home.

Curator Ingrid Schaffner introducing Chinati Weekend 2020

Friday began with curator Ingrid Schaffner “Introducing Chinati Weekend” in the sotol garden outside the John Chamberlain Building designed by museum founder Donald Judd. Made in Marfa went live online, hosting 73 participating makers, purveyors, canteens, and community organizations, many of whom created special content throughout the weekend. On Saturday, Chinati Weekend commenced with collection tours and archival treasures.

Eli and Mateo Grajeda introduce Dan Flavin’s untitled (Marfa project)

The afternoon was devoted to scholarly talks—one hosted by Judd Foundation—and rolled into an evening of history, lore, a Truckload of Marfa Music, and a dedicated program on Marfa Public Radio.

Truckload of Marfa Music with David Beebe and Primo Carrasco

On Sunday, focus shifted to Chinati today, with a curatorial conversation and new work by 2020 artists in residence. Director Jenny Moore brought the weekend to a close with a wind-swept outdoor toast, followed by a lone bagpiper who walked the line of Judd’s works in concrete and played a lingering tune.

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

The Chinati Weekend tradition was inaugurated in 1987 by the museum’s founder, artist Donald Judd, as a means to bring together Chinati’s local, national, and international communities.

Chinati Weekend 2020 created an online destination to protect public health during the pandemic, while preserving the spirit of the museum’s biggest public program. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the public inauguration of Dan Flavin’s untitled (Marfa project), which will receive a major refurbishment and be the subject of a series of upcoming public programs in the museum’s newly activated online space.

Chinati Weekend 2020 remains accessible—including Made in Marfa, Celebrate Chinati Weekend at Home recipes and music, and Making Together creative prompts—on the museum’s website. To access the complete schedule, click here.

Chinati Weekend is made possible through the generous support of our friends and donors. Souvenir gift boxes and bags, packed with Chinati items and Marfa flare, support the museum and the local economy, and include a tax-deductible donation to the Chinati Foundation. To purchase a gift and support Chinati Weekend, click here.