Jenny Moore. Photo by Douglas Friedman.

Jenny Moore to Step Down as Director of the Chinati Foundation

The Board of Trustees at the Chinati Foundation together with Director Jenny Moore announced July 1, 2022 that Moore will step down from her position on July 31, 2022, after nine years of service. During her tenure, Moore has led Chinati through a period of strategic growth, helping to develop the organization’s collection, programs, staff, and resources; strengthen connections throughout its community; and increase visitorship. Marella Consolini, who previously served as Chinati’s Chief Operations Officer from 2010 through 2014, will serve as Interim Director as the Board of Trustees launches an international search for its next director.

Since her appointment in 2013, Moore has worked to professionalize Chinati as the organization transitioned from leadership with direct ties to founder Donald Judd to its next generation of stewards. Under her directorship and in collaboration with the Board and legacy Chinati individuals, Chinati launched a multi-year master plan to ensure the ongoing vitality of its physical facility as well as its art, architecture, and land.

As a key part of this plan, Chinati reopened the John Chamberlain Building this past April, following the completion of a comprehensive, yearlong restoration of the building as well as the Donald Judd–designed adobe wall that encloses the structure. In May, the John Chamberlain Building, along with the Ice Plant and the Locker Plant, were listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as part of the newly designated Central Marfa Historic District. Previous achievements under Moore’s directorship include the much-anticipated realization of a large-scale, permanent installation by artist Robert Irwin and the cataloging of Chinati’s institutional archive, a project reflecting the organization’s commitment to advancing new research and scholarship funded by the Mellon Foundation.

Additionally, Moore championed the work of female artists, scholars, and professionals during her tenure. This work included the presentation of large-scale installations and projects by Charlotte Posenenske, Bridget Riley, and Solange, as well as the awarding of a $1.25M grant to Chinati from #StartSmall to provide economic and professional development opportunities for women, and particularly women of color, in far West Texas and in the broader arts community. 

Media Contact: Melissa Parsoff, Parsoff Communications / 516 445 5899