Earlier this spring I took a trip down to Marfa, Texas with some of my gal pals. I enjoyed it so much, I think I'll make it my tradition to take a trip down to the Southwest every spring. It is so beautifully rugged and wild down there.
The main attraction that drew us to Marfa is the Chinati Foundation. Started in the 1960's by Donald Judd, the old military base houses a permanent collection of works by Judd, Flavin, Chamberlin, and several other artists of the time. Most notable is Judd's 100 Works in Mill Aluminum. The giant aluminum pieces are housed in an two former artillery sheds. The light from the windows projects its desert hues onto the metal and creates shapes and forms within the boxes. I was completely blown away.
Beyond the Chinati Foundation, we roamed the quiet streets of Marfa and popped our heads into various galleries and artist studios. The town is crawling with artists and creatives. We ate tacos at Boyz 2 Men taco trailer in the sunshine and ordered pizza at Pizza Foundation. I particularly enjoyed taking in all the signage around town. It seems like Marfa is perpetually stuck in the 1960's aesthetic. We spent our nights at El Cosmico, a self-described "18 acre nomadic hotel and campground". El Cosmico was as much of a draw-in for us because of its vintage trailer, safari tent and tepee accommodations. We stayed in the Safari tents and rinsed in the outdoor shower every morning. I just can't say enough about Marfa, so I'll just stop myself here. But I will say, I will be returning.