Marfa, known as a place of creative exploration, is a must see in your lifetime. A small city in the high desert of the Trans-Pecos, near the Davis Mountains and Big Bend National Park is captivating and eccentric.
Marfa, is a good choice, whether you enjoy history, want to tour the coolest homes, need to get away, or view the mysterious orbs known as the “Marfa Lights.” You can find your groove here. Maybe you could live here.
In 1971, Minimalist artist Donald Judd moved to Marfa from New York City. After renting summer houses for a few years, he bought two large hangars and some smaller buildings and began to create his art. The buildings in Marfa allowed him to work on a larger scale. In 1976, he bought the first of two ranches that became his primary places of residence, continuing a long love affair with the desert landscape.
In recent years, a new wave of artists has moved to Marfa to live and work. As a result, new gallery spaces have opened in the downtown area.
The Crowley Theater hosts public events to nonprofit foundations.
The multifunctional art space Ballroom Marfa shows art films, hosts exhibits, and musical performances. Marfa Myths, was founded in 2014 by nonprofit contemporary arts foundation Ballroom Marfa and Brooklyn-based music label Mexican Summer. The festival brings together a diversity of emerging and established artists and musicians to work creatively and collaboratively across music, film, and visual arts contexts.
As you can see there are lots to see in Marfa, unless you arrive on a Sunday and leave on Tuesday morning and all these wonderful art organizations are closed on Monday.
We stayed at the Tumble Inn RV Park east of Marfa. I photographed an installation that seemed to appear out of nowhere glowing in the twilight. I got up early the next morning to photograph the same installation at the rose-pink light of dawn. It was bloody cold, well below 50 F/10 C.
Do you know this public art? If so please let me know, I enjoyed this piece and would love to find out who the artist is!
Great visit—too cold to stay! We went to California for warmer weather!