Arts and Archaeology: Marfa and West Texas

A Study Tour

Thursday through Sunday April 18 - 21 | Limited enrollment

We will tour the new galleries, theater, bookstore and various artists' studios housed in and near the many renovated historic buildings of Marfa's Main Street. Marianne Stockebrand, director of the Chinati Foundation, will guide us through the home and the indoor and outdoor installations of its founder, the Minimalist artist Donald Judd, and through the foundation's permanent collection of artists such as John Chamberlain, Roni Horn, Carl Andre, Richard Long, and Dan Flavin. With anthropologist Robert Mallouf, director of the Center for Big Bend Studies in Alpine, Texas, we will visit three prehistoric and archaeologically-rich sites between Presidio and Redford, Texas, near the Mexican border. We will spend two nights in Fort Davis, with an optional guided tour of the fort, and a third night at Cibolo Creek Ranch.

Contact the Houston Seminar,, for an itinerary and registration information.



Registration for fall 2018 is ongoing. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. 


If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez October 26-29, 2019 you may access the itinerary, trip cost, and registration documents here.

If you are interested in traveling to Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy. 


Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 


Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern on Wednesday, November 14 is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. A second session has been added and will meet Monday, November 12 from 2:00-3:30 P.M. Registrations are being accepted for November 12. You may register online, or by phone.


Who Gets to Vote: Challenges for the 2020 Elections?
Speaker: Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Voter Rights Project
Monday, November 19, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Location to be announced


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