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New Art in Old Texas | Marfa, Texas

On the same trip to El Paso that I wrote about in my previous post, (Click here to read about my excursion to the White Sands National Monument), we also made a pilgrimage to the unlikely art mecca town of Marfa in West Texas. I saw pictures of Beyonce exploring this artsy place and I decided I have to visit as well. Hey, what’s good enough for Queen Bey is also good enough for me.

The sleepy town of Marfa hangs out about three hours southeast of El Paso, which us Texans have come to accept as a relatively short drive.

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We knew we were close when we when spotted the Prada Marfa shimmering in the distance through a glossy mirage. Actually, I knew I was close only when Philip poked me out of my slumped stupor from a  two and half hour nap.

Prada Marfa is quite possibly Marfa’s most famous art installation, containing shoes and handbags from the 2005 collection that Prada herself had curated and donated. The juxtaposition of luxury in a decidedly cow country place is pretty jarring. I mean there were bullet holes in the shatterproof glass, and the entire back of the building is spraypainted with graffiti. Perhaps that further reinforced whatever message the artists were trying to convey…

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doing my best Bey impression

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Next, we rolled into Marfa town and promptly rolled out the other side, as the whole town only stretches a few blocks. After circling back, we found that almost everything was already shut down despite it only being 5 o’clock on a Saturday. Including the fabled Food Shark food truck.

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old school bus converted into seating for diners
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disappointedly poking around Food Shark facilities
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the dream himself
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exploring historic El Paisano Hotel, where “Giant” feat. Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean was filmed
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West Texas reads
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room 223

Marfa definitely has an eclectic, tumbleweed charm to her, and seems like a must visit for any art aficionado. There were several galleries (closed when we were there) that featured renowned artists such as Andy Warhol. There were some other large scale art installations that we didn’t get a chance to visit. Because CLOSED.

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TIP: Get there early before the small town retires for the day at 5:00 pm!

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4 Comments

  1. Diana Pham says:

    do you know if the marfa prada is still up? I’ve heard word that it’s being taken down for illegal advertising, but I’m hoping it will be around when I make the trip in late Spring!

    1. emruix says:

      I’m pretty sure it’s still up. Last I heard there was debate because of the playboy art that went up down the road. Either way, it’ll probably take a while and people won’t let it go down easy, so you can most likely see it this year!

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