Contemporary Marfa

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Contemporary Marfa


These images depict Marfa in recent years and showcase many of its changes. The subjects of the images include buildings around the town, many of which have been repurposed, as well as popular art installations. Much of the town's current status as an art destination is due to Donald Judd, who has had a profound impact.

Items in the Contemporary Marfa Collection

Judd Foundation Office
The Judd Foundation has locations in both Marfa and New York City, and it maintains all of Judd’s permanently installed living and working spaces, libraries, and archives. It also provides programming and access to these resources.

Ballroom Marfa
Ballroom Marfa is a non-profit arts center and gallery housed in an old dance hall. It supports various artistic expressions and is very much engaged in the local art community.

The Presidio County Courthouse in Marfa, Texas
This photograph depicts the Presidio County courthouse on Marfa's main street.

Brite Building
Built in 1831, this building (sometimes called the Marfa National Bank building) now houses restaurants, art galleries, and high-end apartment rentals through El Cosmico.

West Texas Utilities Company, Future Shark Lounge
Another repurposed historic building, the West Texas Utilities Company was the Future Shark Cafeteria and Day Lounge, a popular tourist destination in Marfa, until it recently closed. There is also a Food Shark food truck, which is also very popular.

Marfa Contemporary
Housed in an old gas station, Marfa Contemporary is a contemporary artists' association that offers exhibits and art classes free of charge.

El Cosmico
This image shows some of the trailers available to rent at the bohemian El Cosmico campground in Marfa. El Cosmico also offers teepee and tent camping.

Palace Theatre, David Kimble Illustration
This image shows Marfa's art deco Palace Theatre. Once a movie theatre, this building is now David Kimble Illustration. This image illustrates another artist's use of a historic building as a working studio and business.

This Is Not Art Trash Can
This image shows a trash can with the words "This Is Not Art" and "Don't Mess with Texas" on it. Because of its location in Marfa, a town filled with art and installations, it seems to be in response to the influx of art and perhaps the creator's own…

Untitled Installations by Donald Judd at the Chinati Foundation
There are 100 of these untitled aluminum installations by Donald Judd housed at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa. They are sometimes called Judd's "boxes" or "cubes."