Marfa Dialogues

Tierra. Sangre. Oro. Adobe Workshop

November 17-18, 2017


Adobe workshop
November 13-14, 2017
at Marfa Independent School District


Ballroom Marfa is proud to announce our Tierra. Sangre. Oro Adobe Workshop, an education program for Marfa Independent School District high school students. This adobe brick-building workshop will be led by artist Rafa Esparza, and will give students from our community the opportunity to engage in a creative process steeped in regional history. Esparza’s program will open new channels of expression, encourage understanding and pride in Borderlands cultural heritage, and further illuminate the traditional practice of adobe brick-making.

Esparza uses the process of building adobe bricks as a tool to investigate culture, labor, ecology, and politics. The use of adobe has a long history in the Texas/Mexico border region where Ballroom is based. The public nature of Esparza’s process – and the community effort that he engages to create the building blocks of his installations – is a unique opportunity to produce new work that bears distinct ties to our region. During the workshops Esparza will present his history with adobe brick building and its significance to the cultural heritage of the Southwest. Esparza will also offer an overview of the materials used in the brick building process.

The program will also include a day of adobe brickmaking with high school students at MISD. After drying, the bricks will be transported to the Ballroom Marfa gallery for installation. Students will be invited to install this work, and explore the Tierra. Sangre. Oro exhibition.

This program is made possible by the generous support of Brown Foundation, Inc.; National Endowment for the Arts; Texas Commission on the Arts; Ballroom Marfa Board of Trustees; and Ballroom Marfa Members.