In a few thousand years, when aliens land on our scorched planet and examine Wall-E style what's been left behind, we think one of the places they'll be most fascinated with will be Marfa, Texas. They'll be impressed with the killer menu at Food Shark, muse over the Prada installation, and get to experience the Chinati Foundation exactly the way Donald Judd intended. Chinati surely won't be the only gallery left standing, but it will be one of the few places where an artistic vision endures. Other galleries throughout the world are showplaces for rotating themes, but Chinati is special--the gallery and the surrounding landscape are inextricably tied together. The founder, Donald Judd, used the Marfa landscapes to create the context for his work and the result is an almost surreal artistic experience, causing art-lovers from around the globe to flock to this little patch of grassland in West Texas. Marianne Stockebrand, former director of the Chinati Foundation, will be at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, to discuss Judd's vision and how it manifested itself both at Chinati and within our culture at large. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and Stockebrand will sign copies of Chinati: The Vision of Donald Judd afterward. Call 214-922-1818 to reserve your seat.
Thu., March 17, 7:30 p.m., 2011