Director of the Chinati Foundation in Marfa resigns

Jenny Moore and the board of the Chinati Foundation announced Friday that Moore will step down on July 31, after nine years as director of the museum of contemporary art.

Marella Consolini, Chinati’s chief operations officer from 2010 to 2014, returns as interim director as the board conducts an international search for Moore’s replacement at the museum, which was housed in 34 repurposed industrial and military buildings on 340 acres in the remote marfa. , Texas, by the artist Donald Judd in the 1980s.

Moore, the first director with no personal ties to Judd, who died in 1994, sought to professionalize the organization, growing annual attendance during her tenure to nearly 50,000 before the pandemic — up from 11,300 in 2013. Under her directorship, Chinati created a multi-year master plan in 2017 for the preservation of its art, buildings and landscape, as well as for an enhanced visitor experience.

In April, the foundation completed a $2.7 million restoration of Chinati’s 23,000-square-foot John Chamberlain Building and the preservation of the 23 landmark Chamberlain sculptures inside. Opened to the public in 1983, the Chinati Foundation’s first installation and the largest permanent exhibition of the artist’s work in the world, had suffered significant deterioration in the harsh desert climate over four decades.

“With the first phase of the master plan complete and having successfully navigated the organization through the most critical moments of the pandemic, the timing was right for me to transition and for new leadership to take the helm of the organization. take,” Moore said in a statement from the foundation.

In May, 11 Judd-preserved and transformed buildings — including the Chamberlain Building and two other Chinati holdings, as well as eight buildings managed by the separate Judd Foundation — were listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of a new Central Marfa Historic district . The inclusion of Judd’s architectural contributions to this designation was the result of years of coordinated efforts by the two foundations.

Other achievements during Moore’s leadership include the 2016 opening of artist Robert Irwin’s landmark C-shaped structure, on the site of a former army hospital, featuring long corridors with successive windows and translucent mesh screens that capture and project the ever-changing desert light. . It joined permanent large-scale installations by 12 other artists, all championed and selected by Judd for inclusion in Chinati’s collection, including himself, Dan Flavin, Roni Horn, Richard Long, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.

The board chair, Mack Fowler, thanked Moore for her achievements in the foundation’s statement, saying, “Her legacy alongside the board’s steadfast commitment to the organization leaves Chinati in a strong position as we embark on the next phase of our master plan. “

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