Guided tour only? A person cannot view the artwork on their own? At the Chinati Foundation you can only view the collections with a tour guide and if you arrive too late (as we did), then you are not allowed to enter the museum. It was 2:00, the door was locked, and though they have a doorbell, the guy inside refused to answer it, even though he was visible through the window. We only wanted to walk the outside premise and, as the grounds were still open, we wanted to make sure this was okay. Just then another museum person pulled up into the parking lot and said it was fine for us to walk the outdoor area but was surprised nobody had answered the door. Heading towards the outdoor exhibit, the guy inside came running out (at last) and warned against not having the appropriate footwear and that there were two more hours before closing time.
I've been to plenty of art exhibits and have never been required to use a guide. I especially did not like the fact that you have a lunch break between the tour; which ties up your day based on the tour. Are ordinary people incapable of viewing art or respecting art on their very own? Is this art not meant for the masses? It would have been nice to see the inside exhibits for at least the last two remaining hours the foundation was still open. It would have been even greater to view the art independently and individually through unadulterated eyes.