Marfa Dialogues


22 September 2007 - 3 February 2008

Opening Reception
Live performance by New Humans
Saturday 22 September 2007, 6-9pm

Special Evening for Ballroom Members
With DJs Little Danny + Bob Nickas
Friday 21 September, 10pm
Liberty Hall

Every Revolution Is a Roll of the Dice is an exhibition of sculptural objects that, by way of their presentation, can be seen as actors on a stage. The floor of the main gallery will be covered with a thin layer of black volcanic sand and the floor of the second gallery will be covered with white sand. All free-standing objects will be placed in the sand. Viewers will walk around the perimeter of a desert/desert island. The objects may appear to them as stranded, as castaways. This staging calls to mind the poignancy and absurdity of a Samuel Beckett play.

The thirteen artists and two artists’ collaboratives in Every Revolution Is a Roll of the Dice all live and work in New York city, having moved there from diverse locations in the United States, Europe, Scandinavia, the Middle East, Africa and Asia: Barry X Ball (Pasadena, CA); Huma Bhabha (Karachi, Pakistan); Carol Bove (Geneva, Switzerland); Trisha Donnelly (San Francisco, CA); Gardar Eide Einarsson (Oslo, Norway); Jason Fox (Yonkers, NY); Wayne Gonzales (New Orleans, LA); Robert Grosvenor (New York, NY); Guyton\Walker (Hammond, IN/Columbus, GA); Adam Helms (Tucson, AZ); Corey McCorkle (La Crosse, WI); Wangechi Mutu (Nairobi, Kenya); John Miller (Cleveland, OH); Haim Steinbach (Rehovot, Israel); Mika Tajima/New Humans (Los Angeles, CA); and Joan Wallace (New York).

Mika Tajima and her band, New Humans, will perform in Ballroom Marfa’s outdoor courtyard on opening night, with band and instruments on a white sand stage.

Every Revolution Is a Roll of the Dice is organized by Bob Nickas, a New York-based critic and freelance curator who has realized an extraordinary number of exhibitions for galleries and museums in the United States and Europe since the mid 1980s. He was curatorial advisor at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York between 2004 and 2007, and his writing has appeared in numerous publications including Artforum, Afterall and Index. He has authored several books — Theft Is Vision (forthcoming, 2007), Collection Diary (2005), and Live Free or Die: Collected Writings 1985-1999 (2000) are three examples — and has contributed to many catalogues and monographs on artists, among them Gert and Uwe Tobias, Jules de Balincourt, Peter Hujar, Yayoi Kusama, Louise Lawler, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, and Cady Noland.

    Every Revolution Is a Roll of the Dice and the New Humans’ performance has been generously supported by Ballroom Marfa members; The Brown Foundation, Inc., Houston; Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York; Marfa Chamber of Commerce, Marfa; and the Texas Commission on the Arts.