Welcome to Texas
Join Sue Gardiner on a journey to Marfa, Texas via Crystal Bridges and Dallas.
Marfa by its own admission is “Tough to get to, tougher to explain, but once you get here you get it.” Without doubt out of the way, home to Minimalist artist Donald Judd for many years. His works and others exist on an industrial scale and are accessible via both the Judd Foundation and Chinati Foundation. Located three hours drive from either Midland or El Paso you are truly discovering another America. Including domestic flights within the USA, this is one of those “trips of a lifetime”.
We spend a night each end in Houston, and spend time visiting Dallas and the under the radar, but over the top Crystal Bridges.
Day 1: 31 October
Depart to Houston on Air NZ 28. Arrive Houston at 12.30pm and transfer to the Hotel Zaza for 1
night to recuperate. You might find time to visit the next door Museum of Fine Arts this afternoon.
Day 2: 1 November
Check out and head to the airport for our flight to Bentonville, Arkansas.
Home of the Crystal Bridges Museum. We are staying at the fabulous 21C hotel for 2 nights.
Crystal Bridges was founded in 2005 by the Walton Family Foundation as a nonprofit charitable organization
for all to enjoy. Philanthropist and arts patron Alice Walton chairs the Museum’s board of directors. The
building was designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie and opened to the public on 11-11-11.
Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection spans five centuries of American masterworks ranging from the Colonial
era to the current day. Included within the collection are iconic images such as Asher B. Durand’s Kindred
Spirits, Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter, and Andy Warhol’s Coca-Cola — each reflecting a distinct
moment in American artistic evolution—as well as major works by modern and contemporary American artists,
including Georgia O’Keeffe, John Baldessari, and James Turrell. The permanent collection, which continues to
grow through a strategic acquisition plan, is on view year-round and is enhanced by an array of temporary
Crystal Bridges takes its name from a nearby natural spring and the bridge construction incorporated in the
building, designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. A series of pavilions nestled around two springfed
ponds house galleries, meeting and classroom spaces, and a large, glass-enclosed gathering hall. Guest
amenities include a restaurant on a glass-enclosed bridge overlooking the ponds, a Museum Store designed by
architect Marlon Blackwell, and a library featuring more than 50,000 volumes of art reference material.
Sculpture and walking trails link the Museum’s 120-acre park to downtown Bentonville, Arkansas.
Day 3: 2 November
Today we visit Crystal Bridges Museum
Day 4: 3 November
Check out this morning, visit the works within the 21C hotel before we head to the airport for our
flight to Dallas late this afternoon.
Our home for the next four nights is the Hotel Zaza Dallas
Day 5 / 6 / 7
November 4 – 5 – 6
Visiting Dallas and Fort Worth art sites and cultural areas. Dallas and Fort Worth provide a region
rich in cultural institutions and American history. Visits will include but not limited to the Dallas
Museum of Fine Arts, the Kimbell Art Museum, The Goss-Michael Foundation, The Modern Art
Museum, and of course time will be free for The Grassy Knoll.
Day 8: 7 November
This morning we check out and head to the airport for our late morning flight to Midland. In Midland
we meet our driver and board the bus to Marfa for the next four nights. It is 190 miles, around 3.5
hours to Marfa.
Your hotel for the next four nights is the Hotel Paisano
Day 9: 8 November
Today we spend the day visiting the Chinati Foundation;
The Chinati Foundation is located on 340 acres of land on the site of former Fort D.A. Russell in Marfa, Texas.
Construction and installation at the site began in 1979 with initial assistance from the Dia Art Foundation in
New York. The Chinati Foundation opened to the public in 1986 as an independent, non-profit, publicly funded
institution. Chinati was originally conceived to exhibit the work of Donald Judd, John Chamberlain and Dan
Flavin. The collection was expanded and now includes 15 outdoor concrete works by Donald Judd, 100
aluminum works by Judd housed in two converted artillery sheds, 25 sculptures by John Chamberlain, an
installation by Dan Flavin occupying six former army barracks, and works by Carl Andre, Ingólfur Arnarsson,
Roni Horn, Ilya Kabakov, Richard Long, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, David Rabinowitch, and John
Wesley. Each artist’s work is installed in a separate building on the museum’s grounds. Temporary exhibitions
feature modern and contemporary art of diverse media.
Day 10: 9 November
This morning we visit the Marfa Ballroom in the morning and spend time visiting the Judd
Foundation in the afternoon.
Judd Foundation maintains and preserves Donald Judd’s permanently installed living and working spaces,
libraries, and archives in New York and Marfa, Texas. The Foundation promotes a wider understanding of
Judd’s artistic legacy by providing access to these spaces and resources and by developing scholarly and
Day 11: 10 November
This morning we take our bus out of town to visit the famed Prada Marfa, around 1 hour outside of
town. This afternoon is free.
Day 12: 11 November
Depart this morning for the drive back to Midland and fly to Houston for one night at the Hotel Zaza.
Day 13: 12 November
Enjoy a late check out this morning, take a visit to the Menil Collection to see the Mona Hatoum
show, before heading to the airport for our flight home.
Day 14: 14 November
Arrive in Auckland this morning.
*Accommodation as advised including breakfast
*Airport transfers, taxis and 4 x internal flights as per the final itinerary
*All museums visits
*Meals as included in final itinerary
*Sue Gardiner as your art guide
*Glen Armstrong as your tour manager
*Maximum 16 Guests
*International Airfares on Air NZ to Houston
*Travel Insurance – mandatory
*Any meals not included in the final itinerary
* Subject to final itinerary and currency fluctuations
Twin share: $10999
Suggested Single supplement: $13399