Collection by Amanda Dameron

Two Days in Marfa, Texas


It requires a long and dusty trek across the desert to reach Marfa,Texas. Situated 200 miles from El Paso, Marfa is a little burg in west Texas with a population of 2,200 and a thriving community culture steeped in modern art and architecture. I traveled there to meet with the inimitable designer Barbara Hill, whose Marfa residence, a renovated turn-of-the-century dance hall, will be featured in an upcoming issue of Dwell. She squired me around, showed me the sights and introduced me to this unique and vibrant arts community. While I only had two days, admittedly not nearly enough time, I captured a few shots of a most unusual place.

Downtown Marfa in all its glory. Amazingly, the entire town is comprised of just two square miles.
Barbara and I kicked off our Marfa tour over "margarita martinis" and good old Texas steak at Maiya's Restaurant, owned...
While Marfa has a long military history and has served as a popular destination for movie crews, it was artist Donald...
In 1986 Judd parted ways with DIA and the Chinati Foundation was born.
The interior of the artillery shed is a masterwork of symmetry and proportion.
The aluminum pieces are the center of Judd's collection.
A huge pivoting door, a hallmark of many Judd–designed buildings, opens to the Arena, a circa-1930s structure that once...
Judd restored the building in the 1980s—it had fallen into disrepair after years of serving as horse quarters.
Judd designed this piece, which is a bed separated into two sleeping areas by a central plane of wood, for his two...
After the tour, we headed back into the center of town to grab lunch.
The menu changes every day; we enjoyed gazpacho, pork bahn mi sandwiches, fresh iced tea, and cous cous salad. Yum.
We stopped by the Hotel Paisano, where the cast and crew of Giant stayed for the two months they were filming in Marfa...
Barbara's friend and frequent design collaborator, George Sacaris, renovated this 300-square-foot building and uses it...
Marfa offers a wealth of cultural attractions housed within cleverly renovated structures.
We caught the tail end of the exhibition "In Lieu of Unity", curated by Alicia Ritson.
After lunch, we started meandering around town. I loved this 2010 work, which I felt was emblematic of Marfa itself.
As we were driving around, I spotted this incredible gabion fence.
Barbara Hill's courtyard, replete with native plantings and salvaged materials.
We ended our Marfa tour at Cochineal, which like most of Marfa's businesses is housed within a century-old adobe.
On my way out of town, I stopped along the side of an empty highway to shoot the Prada Marfa, a permanent installation...