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Roy G. Biv


Roy G. Biv II


This year’s Summer Shake Up was a spectacular success, with students exploring light, color systems and film. Students pre-K through 8th grade were encouraged to sink deep into Chinati’s works by Dan Flavin and Robert Irwin, moving deliberately and thoughtfully through these installations. The works’ mysteries fueled observations, which led to questions, which resulted in more proclamations and further questions. How do the yellow and blue Flavin bulbs make pink on the wall instead of green? Look how those diamonds of light climb up the Irwin’s fabric. If we stand still for a few minutes, how does the scene change?

Students had these experiences in mind when they turned to making their own work over the four-week class. They delved into fantastical projections, made color block movies, created large-scale paintings out of mylar and worked together on intentional installations. These works, which contained magic of their own, were shared with the public at a June 30 reception at which their guests wandered among the installations and marveled at the videos and film that were live-scored by professional musician Brian LeBarton.


Chinati’s educational and public programming is supported with generous grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Brown Foundation, the Cowles Charitable Trust, the George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation, the Hearst Foundations, the Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation, the Permian Basin Area Foundation, the Warren Skaaren Trust, the Susan Vaughan Foundation, and the City of Marfa. Chinati is grateful for the generous financial support of our members and the support and in-kind contributions of the people of Marfa and far West Texas. Special thanks to Rob Crowley, Austin Dupree, Steven Granado, Max Merrill, Tara Poloskey, Josh and Brooke Shepard of Smilebooth, Lizzy Wetzel, Yoseff Ben-Yehuda, J & C Bouncers, Livingston’s, the Crowley Theater and The Nature Conservancy for their generous in-kind donations of time, support and resources.