Founded in 1986 by the artist Donald Judd,
the Chinati Foundation holds a unique and esteemed place within the
contemporary art world. Comprised of over 35 buildings and 350 acres in Marfa,
Texas, the Chinati Foundation is dedicated to showing the work of Donald Judd
and a select group of artists in a manner that seamlessly blends art,
landscape, and architecture. In 2016, amid unprecedented growth in
visitor attendance, Sasaki was selected by Chinati to develop a master
plan--the first comprehensive assessment, overview and visioning since
Chinati's founding. The master plan describes Chinati’s past, surveys its
present, and establishes practical and philosophical guidelines for its future.
It incorporates the protection of the artworks; the preservation of buildings;
and stewardship of the land in support of the Foundation's mission and vision.
The master plan provides a way forward that enables Chinati to build on the
vision and work of Donald Judd while honoring the principles that first brought
him to Marfa.
As part of the master plan process, Sasaki
coordinated a larger team that included Heritage Strategies, Lady Bird Johnson
Wildflower Center, Aeon Preservation, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
(SGH), and Lord Cultural Resources.
The master plan sets forth the following
initiatives will advance Donald Judd’s mission to present and maintain on
a permanent basis the work of a select group of artists, with an emphasis
on works that integrate art, architecture, and land.
Judd’s writings and actions as manifested at Chinati will inform
growth of the museum will be limited to existing structures or foundations
in lieu of building on “undamaged land,” as Judd identified it.
will retain the dynamic mix of artworks, programs, and residential
presence that is essential to its sense of place.
at Chinati will respect both the nature of the artists’ interventions and
the visitor’s experience.
will continue to serve its local and global communities through expanded
public access to the collection, supporting programs, scholarship, and
Key outcomes of the master plan are a
redefined arrival and entry sequence, landscape restoration, building
renovations and restorations, and the redistribution of building programs that
unlocks a significant amount of space for new exhibitions and galleries.
A critical component of the master plan is
the identification and prioritization of projects and a 15 year multi-phase
implementation strategy. Sasaki is now collaborating with the Chinati
Foundation on Phase One implementation projects.
For nearly 120 years, the Society of Arts and Crafts has had a dual mission to
encourage the creation, collection, and promotion of the work of contemporary
craft artists and to advance public appreciation...