Ten SFUAD students in an Installation Art class recently traveled to Marfa, Texas. Marfa is one of the few places in the U.S. where students can experience permanent exhibits of Installation Art.
The Chinati and Judd Foundations in Marfa have an extensive collection of minimalist sculpture; students entered installations by Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, Carl Andre, Ingólfur Arnarsson, Roni Horn, Ilya Kabakov, Richard Long. In addition, they saw works by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen,David Rabinowitch, John Wesley and John Chamberlain. Donald Judd’s home, studio and offices were also open for viewing.
Students also saw a temporary installation of work by Larry Bell as well as a lecture and discussion of his work by the artist and curators. Finally, the class visited Prada Marfa, an art intervention by Elmgreen and Dragset designed to resemble a Prada store but without an entrance. It is considered a “pop architectural land art project.”
A book can give you knowledge of Installation Art but actually experiencing it is essential.