Three women, a man and a bloodhound walk into a bar. What could be a joke was our reality; we’d been driving in a tiny Audi from New York City to Los Angeles on an epic road trip with our sights set on our next stop in Marfa, Texas. To say that Marfa is a destination visit is in understatement. The closest major city with a commercial airport is El Paso, and it still requires a 190-mile drive southeast to get to. Such isolation, along with a nostalgic attachment to America’s southwest landscape, proved irresistible to minimalist artist Donald Judd who moved to the city in 1971 to build a home and create permanent, large-scale site-specific works that continue to inhabit the desert landscape today.

In recent years, the hype of what Marfa has to offer has grown exponentially. As it turns out, what Donald Judd was seeking in this little town in the Chihuahuan desert is appealing to all manner of creative people today who flock from around the world to find inspiration in the landscape and within the community. Chefs with all levels of experience flock here to experiment using southwest ingredients, and visionaries come here to open their own boutiques with specially curated items for sale. Artists and writers come to participate in one of the many residency programs available at famous organizations like the Chinati Foundation or the Lannan Foundation. Marfa offers space, possibility, and support to those who show up to make something unique.

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