Marfa: A Dusty Town Turned Enclave


Once a water stop, Marfa, Texas is now an Oasis for artists that stretches across a desert almost 500 miles from its capital.

We’re starting Monday off right – with a film that brings you a small community in Texas and the artists that have flocked there. Just off of U.S. 90, lies a city with a population just shy of 2K (as of 2010). Originally founded in the 1880s as a railroad water stop, with its vast landscapes and rolling hills, the city became a place of inspiration for filmmakers, artists, poets, and cowboys. Brought to you by Alchemy Creative in San Francisco, the film soars over mountain ranges, rides into the sunset, and passes through by train. Next stop: Marfa, Texas.

“I think something that continues to draw people here is this notion of independence. Being able to make your own vision a reality.”

Images pulled from Marfa: This Must Be The Place

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Minimalist artist, Donald Judd, moved to Marfa in 1971 from New York City. After initially coming to the area in the 1940s while in the army, Judd quickly decided that this was the place he wanted to reside and work. He then bought a couple of hangars and small buildings and started to install his art with the intention of permanency. Judd’s work still lives in Marfa, along with his legacy (maintained by Chinati Foundation and Judd Foundation since his death in 1994). You can view some of his work and installations by scrolling through the gallery below.