"The installation and context for the art being done now is poor and unsuitable. The correction is a permanent installation of a good portion of the work of each of the best artists... The main reason for this is to be able to live with the work and think about it, and also to see the work placed as it should be."
–Donald Judd, 1977
Visit Marfa, Texas
Guided visits to Judd Foundation properties in Marfa offer visitors direct engagement with Donald Judd's art and vision. Judd's formerly private living and working spaces provide first-hand experience of Judd's concept of permanent installation in the Chihuahuan Desert.
Guided visits provided access to a selection of Juddʼs downtown spaces, including the Architecture Studio, Art Studio and the Cobb and Whyte Houses. These spaces contain furniture by Donald Judd, as well as his early paintings from the 1960s. There is also an extensive collection of modernist and period furniture, as well as works by other prominent 20th century artists and designers. Guided visits are approximately 90 minutes and are limited to 8 people.
Visits to Judd's studios begin promptly at 2:00pm at the Judd Foundation office, located at 104 Highland Avenue South, across from The Marfa Book Company. Late arrivals will not be accommodated after the visit commences.
La Mansana de Chinati, Judd's residence and studio in Marfa, informally known as "The Block," is the site of some of the artist's first large-scale architectural projects. Guided visits provide access to Judd's three main studios, which are permanently installed with his early work, and his personal library, which houses his collection of over 13,000 books. Guided visits begin promptly at 4:30PM, at which time the gate is locked. Guided visits are approximately 60-90 minutes and are limited to 14 people.
Visits to The Block begin promptly at 4:30pm at the entrance of La Mansana de Chinati, located at 400 West El Paso Street, across from the Godbold feedmill plant.
Custom Guided Visits
Judd Foundation offers custom visits for individuals and groups by appointment. These guided visits allow you to customize your experience of Judd Foundation's spaces at dates and times that fit your schedule.
For details on how to plan your custom visit, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. All custom visit requests must be made at least two weeks in advance.
Planning your visit
Advance reservations for guided visits are required. Space is limited.
Guided visits begin promptly as scheduled. Doors open 15 minutes prior to scheduled visit times. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated once the visit commences.
All tickets are non-refundable and may be exchanged based on availability.
Please note that if you are traveling from El Paso, Texas the time zone will change and you will lose one hour.
Judd Foundation offices are open to assist you with any questions or concerns regarding tours from 9am to 5pm, Wednesday through Sunday.
Visits are not offered on the following holidays:
- Martin Luther King Day, January 20, 2014
- Presidents’ Day, February 17, 2014
- Memorial Day, May 26, 2014
- Independence Day, July 4, 2014
- Labor Day, September 1, 2014
- Thanksgiving, November 27 and 28, 2014
- December 24, 2014 - January 1, 2014
By entering Judd Foundation spaces in Marfa, Texas, visitors agree to abide by these guidelines to protect the collection:
- Visitors must be accompanied by a guide at all times. Please help us preserve Judd's spaces and collection by not touching the works or objects.
- Visitors must be at least 12 years of age.
- Photography and digital recording are not permitted inside the building.
- Bags pose hazards to the collection; visitors are asked to check all backpacks, large purses, totes, packages, laptops and umbrellas, either at the Judd Foundation offices during the Studio visits or under the pergola at The Block. Luggage and strollers are not permitted.
- Guided visits include walking on coarse gravel; the Studio visit includes one building witha flight of stairs. Sensible footwear is recommended.
- Food and beverages are not permitted.
- Cellular phones and other electronic devices must be turned to silent
- Pets are not permitted but service animals are welcome.
Public visits are supported, in part, by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.
For information on tours offered by the Chinati Foundation, please visit www.chinati.org. For general information on Marfa, Texas (accommodations, restaurants, places of interest, etc.), please visit the website of the Marfa Chamber of Commerce, www.marfacc.com.