TRAVEL // ROAD TRIP: Visit Marfa

I’ve had a hankering to head out west for quite some time now. I think, for one of our next vacations, I’m gonna get Billy to head out to Marfa with me! After the jump are a few of the places I’ve been dying to check out…

1. Donald Judd’s 15 untitled works in concrete, 1980-1984: Judd’s minimalist sculpture that were installed in a seemingly isolated location in the western extremities of Texas are full of the inspirational geometry and form that I’ve loved for years. Check out more about his works and see other images from The Chinati Foundation

2. Prada Marfa: I’ll admit, when I first started seeing images of this years ago, I thought Prada had actually opened a store in Marfa. I now know better that it is a permanent art installation by Skandinavian artists Elmgreen and Dragset. It’s a stark and beautiful example of “pop architectural land art.” Image and more info via wikipedia.

3. Marfa Lights: Research suggests that these ephemeral lights are merely atmospheric reflections of headlights and campfires, but the eerie and beautiful lights are something I’ve heard so much about and would love to see—perhaps we’ll make a trip to the McDonald Observatory, as well, for more atmospheric inspiration… Image via PTLDME

4-6. El Cosmico: While I would love to camp for much of the trip (Big Bend is on the same dockett, I think) I think that a stay at this unique lodging destination. Choose from a teepeea safari tent, or a remodeled vintage trailer. Maybe we’ll stay one night in each for the full experience!

7. United Artists, Ltd.: The building itself is beautiful enough to warrant a visit, but they’ve got some great art projects and works going on that I’d love to explore. See for yourself!

8. Ballroom Marfa: Another inspirational art destination, Ballroom Marfa is a non-profit center for the exploration of contemporary art. In a 1927 dance hall that is, this weekend, also participating in the Texas Contemporary Art Fair from the 18th-21st.

9-12. Velvet Antler: One of Marfa’s newest boutiques had their grand opening in June of this year. Rose Anderson-Lewis, with whom I used to work at the Austin Museum of Art, has brought her keen eye for art, jewelry, and accessories to Marfa in the form of Velvet Antler.

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