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Chinati Foundation
Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Marfa
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Owner description: An art museum operated by the Chinati Foundation, housed in a former U.S. Cavalry post, Fort D.A. Russell.
Reviewed August 15, 2012

We basically detoured to Marfa just to see the Chinati Foundation. Love the words of Judd and Flavin and it was fantastic to see them in such a unique setting. We did the guided tour and enjoyed the insights our guide provided. The buildings are cool, and the art is absolutely amazing. I only wish it were easier to get to Marfa because I would love to see these things again at a different time of the year, with different light.

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Reviewed August 12, 2012

The rigid schedule for "tours" is a problem. But the Judd genius is compelling. Some of the installations by artists other than Judd are less interesting.

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Reviewed July 23, 2012

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.

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Reviewed July 12, 2012

Whether you are interested in contemporary art or not...don't miss visiting Chinati. It's a fantastic visit into the mind of an American visionary, Donald Judd.

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Reviewed July 2, 2012

The Chinati Foundation was wonderful, we did the 100 works in aluminum tour that takes about 30-60mins, it really depends on how quickly you go through the works. I personally enjoy the beauty of minimal art, so if you are not into that it might not be as enjoyable. That particular was $10 for adults, $5 for students. Make sure to bring, or buy water because the buildings are not air conditioned so it gets hot and stuffy. Also wear good shoes, most of the paths are rocks and the buildings are concrete so it can get hard on your feet.

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