The Chinati foundation periodically organizes a symposium dedicated to aspects of the museum's mission and permanent collection. The speakers invited to participate include experts in their respective fields, and each symposium has been documented with a subsequent publication.
The Chinati Foundation Master Plan (2017). In April 2017 the Chinati Foundation hosted a two-part symposium to present findings from the museum’s comprehensive new master plan developed in collaboration with the design and planning firm Sasaki. The first installment was held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York on April 22 and featured a presentation of the master plan by Chinati and Sasaki staff and responses by the Chicago-based artist and urban planner Theaster Gates, art historian Richard Shiff, and Ann Temkin, chief curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art. The second installment was held in Marfa on April 29 and featured panelists Frank E. Sanchis III, director of United States Programs for the World Monuments Fund, and Billie Tsien and Tod Williams, principals of the architecture firm Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners. Both installments of the symposium were moderated by architecture writer Karen Stein.
The Writings of Donald Judd (2008). The Chinati Foundation held its fifth symposium, The Writings of Donald Judd, on May 3 and 4. Participating speakers included: Allan Antliff, Mel Bochner, Richard Ford, Thomas Kellein, Robert Pincus-Witten, David Rabinowitch, David Raskin, Richard Shiff, Roberta Smith, Karen Stein, Ann Temkin, Nicola von Velsen, and Anne Wagner.
It's All in the Fit: The Work of John Chamberlain (2006). Moderated by art historian Richard Schiff, speakers included William Agee, Francesca Esmay, David Getsy, Klaus Kertess, Adrian Kohn, Steve Nash, Donna De Salvo, Dieter Schwarz.
Light in Architecture and Art: The Work of Dan Flavin (2001). Moderated by art historian Brydon Smith, speakers included Tiffany Bell, Kurt W. Forster, Michael Govan, Dave Hickey, Steve Morse, Robert Rosenblum, and Michael Venezia.
Art and Architecture (1998). Moderated by architect William F. Stern, speakers included James Ackerman, Michael Benidikt, Frank Gehry, Jacques Herzog, Roni Horn, Robert Irwin, Claes Oldenburg, and Coosje van Bruggen.
Art and the Landscape (1995). Moderated by art historian Richard Shiff, speakers included Carl Andre, Michael Charlesworth, Hamish Fulton, Lucy R. Lippard, Ann Reynolds, and James Turrell.