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The Chinati and Judd Foundationsí Open House 2006 is Oct. 7 & 8MARFA - Open House is a free weekend of art, music, lectures, readings, and meals that attracts an international audience of more than 2,000 people to the small West Texas town of Marfa. This much-anticipated event has become the highlight of the Chinati and Judd Foundationís yearly activities and a major cultural draw for the entire region. Chinati founder Donald Judd inaugurated Open House in 1986 as an annual tradition which brings together the local community with visitors from across the United States and abroad. Notable features of this yearís Open House will be a special installation by Robert Irwin and exhibitions of paintings by Josef Albers and furniture by Donald Judd. Throughout the weekend there will be open viewing of Chinatiís collection; the Block, Donald Juddís Marfa residence, which features a permanent installation of his work dating from 1962-1978; and the Cobb and Schindler Houses, permanently installed with furniture by Rudolf Schindler and paintings by Donald Judd dating from 1956-1972. All Open House exhibitions, talks, performances, and meals are free to the public.The Chinati Foundation/La Fundaci?n Chinati was created by artist Donald Judd (1928-1994) as a unique art museum where large-scale works of art or large groups of art by a limited number of artists are installed on a permanent basis according to each artistís specifications. It was Juddís goal to bring art, architecture, and the landscape together to form a coherent whole. Originally conceived to exhibit a large number of works by Judd, John Chamberlain, and D Flavin, the collection was later expanded to include work by Carl Andre, Ing?lfur Arnarrson, Roni Horn, Ilya Kabakov, Richard Long, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, David Rabinowitch, and John Wesley.Judd Foundation was created in 1996 by Donald Juddís last will and testament to maintain and preserve his permanently installed living and workspaces, libraries, and archives in New York and Texas. The Foundation is dedicated to promoting a wider appreciation and understanding of Juddís artistic legacy by facilitating public access to these spaces and resources and developing scholarly and educational programs. Juddís installed spaces at the Block will be open for public viewing during Open House. These properties feature the artistís first freestanding floor pieces and other works in wood, sheet metal, aluminum, and Plexiglas. The Cobb House and Schindler House will also be open to the public, and feature early paintings by Judd from the 1950s and Ď60s and furniture by Rudolf Schindler. An exhibition of wood and metal furniture designed by Judd will be on view at the Print Building annex at 104 Highland Avenue South. The 2006 Open House will feature artists Robert Irwin, Josef Albers, and Christopher Wool, artist in residence.Additional activities will be a Saturday night dinner and street dance, rock music, audio slideshow, poetry readings, a Sunday breakfast and lunch and a Chinati Foundation members dinner.
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