Eiseley and Emily in Marfa

Art history majors Eiseley and Emily are traveling to West Texas in October to the Chinati Foundation, a contemporary art museum, in Marfa. They are two of 12 SMU students working as guides at the Judd Foundation Open House, a weekend of art, music and talks that attracts an international audience of 2,000 people and one of the most exciting contemporary art events of the year.

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Sonic Youth, Prada and windmills

An update from Emily:

I woke up this morning feeling especially groggy due to two consecutive nights sleeping at AmVets, not to mention the constant actvity of looking at art and a late night after seeing Sonic Youth – which was one of the best-sounding shows I’ve been to. They had two encores.

I was stationed in the Chamberlain building to volunteer for a couple of hours. I fell asleep on his foam installion with a video playing nearby in the front room. It was an amazing feeling to be in a huge room full of Chamberlain’s twisted metal sculptures trusted to you to protect. No incidents occurred during my watch.

After my volunteering duties were over, we drove thirty minutes outside town to visit Prada Marfa, which is a site-specific work of a Prada store in the middle of nowhere on the side of the highway. It was surreal.

We got on the road and said farewell to Marfa after a meal at the local DQ. There’s always a place for me at the DQ. We had the brilliant idea of seeking one of those huge windmills we saw on the way to Marfa. After we hit Midland, we spotted a field of those windmills and took a detour to get close to one. We ended up in front of one after passing fields of cotton and goats. The windmills are almost like the minimalist sculptures I had been looking at all weekend. They are also a lot bigger than they appear from the highway.

We drove the rest of the way home, and I was looking so forward to sleeping in my bed.

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