Off the Wall: Our Association Trip to Marfa, Texas

Welcome to Off the Wall. We’ve skimmed the news around the museum, and want to share the highlights with you.

Written while recovering from the bus ride.

Marfa, Marfa, Marfa…

Thanks to minimalist artist Donald Judd, Marfa, Texas is known for far more than prickly pear cactus and mesmerizing ghost lights. Judd moved from New York city to Marfa, Texas in 1971 with the intention of permanently installing his art—a step that would eventually place Marfa on the contemporary art map. From a gas station re-purposed to house Marfa Contemporary, to Prada Marfa located on the side of a highway in the middle of nowhere, our trip attendees enjoyed exploring art in the most unexpected places. The group was comprised of Museum Association members, FJJMA staff, two University of Oklahoma School of Visual Arts faculty, and an OU student.

On the journey down, the group stopped in Fort Worth, Texas to see Border Cantos: Richard Misrach and Guillermo Galinda at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. This multidimensional collaboration between heralded photographer Richard Misrach and innovative artist and musician Guillermo Galinda was a poignant and timely look at the border between the United States and Mexico.

The group was hosted by director Dr. Natalie Roncone at Marfa Contemporary for a tour of Francisco Ugarte’s installation How Things Are. Marfa Contemporary is a regional extension of Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center in Oklahoma City. Other tours included a visit to The Block to see Judd’s formerly private living and working spaces, as well as the Chinati Foundation, where his enormous works can be viewed on permanent installation in the Chihuahuan Desert.

Attendees took advantage of the notoriously dark skies of south Texas by visiting the McDonald Observatory to gaze through two 24-inch Ritchey-Chrétian telescopes at the waxing gibbous super moon. The group finished out the trip at Big Bend National Park where they explored and hiked through the Chisos mountain range. A portion of the group crossed the border into Boquillas del Carmen, Mexico, while the rest continued to explore the national park.

For information about upcoming Museum Association trips, please call (405) 325-2297.



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