Marfa Myths Highlights, Photos + Thanks
15 Mar 2017
Marfa Myths 2017: Holy cow! We can’t believe it really happened — a year in the making and over in a magical flash. Big love to our partner Mexican Summer; all of the local heroes that worked so hard to create an amazing experience; and all the folks who came from near and far, who made it so special. Some of our highlights…
During the festival, Marfa Public Radio graciously hosted an East-meets-West on-air partnership with Brooklyn’s The Lot Radio. A slew of incredible artists stopped by for interviews, DJ sets, and live performances (we currently have Chulita Vinyl Club‘s DJ set on repeat).
Our artist-in-residence, Matt Craven, held an awesome children’s collage workshop on Saturday morning during the festival. Big thank you to all the children who attended, Marfa Studio of Arts, and Rae Anna Hample, who helped guide the workshop. We hope the future is a little brighter with collage artists.
One of our personal highlights was the meditation between Botany and Shingetsu Billy White at Building 98 — the artists, with the help of Mona Garcia of the International Women’s Foundation, were so open to collaboration and exploration…it was deeply inspiring.
Didn’t pick up any Marfa Myths swag while you were here? Never fear. We have a few items left in the shop — tees are trés legit; the enamel pin looks for real on denim jackets. (Next year: FANNY PACKS.)
Shout outs to all of our gracious partners — Anthology Recordings, Bazaar Marfa, The Capri, Crowley Theater, Do Your Thing, El Cosmico, Freda, Hotel Saint George, International Women’s Foundation, Judd Foundation, Lost Horse, Marfa Book Company, Marfa Recording Company, Marfa Studio of Arts, Pure Joy, Thunderbird Hotel, UNITED ARTISTS, Ltd., Visit Marfa, The Well, and Wrong Marfa. It takes a village, and all of you were a straight dream. Prayer hands emoji 4 life.
And our generous sponsors — Big Bend Brewing Company, GEM&BOLT Mezcal, KIND, SAVED Wines, Stumptown Coffee, Stumptown Printers, Tito’s Vodka, and Topo Chico — thank you for believing in this festival (and keeping us hydrated, among other things).
If you weren’t able to make it out, check out Aquarium Drunkard’s journey through Marfa, There Is No Such Thing as Nowhere: Marfa Myths 2017. (Little known fact: We started reading AQ way back in 2004 and almost cried when we met founder Justin Gage at Ballroom Marfa in 2012.) (Second little known fact: When we were first plotting Marfa Myths, we suggested the festival name “Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere.”) (Didn’t get much traction.)
We also loved this article in The Irish Times, and seeing the world of Marfa Myths through the eyes of photographer Zackery Michael and model Lola McDonnell in GQ.
And don’t forget this hella awesome / hella epic dispatch from Neil Fauerso in Glasstire (parts 1 and 2!); Garrett Karrberg’s love letter to the festival in The Poleax; or Derrik J. Lang’s thoughtful piece about Marfa in American Way.
And here’s just a few of our favorite moments from our crack team of Cali-born, Cali-vibe Marfa Myths photographers, Alex Marks and John Vogler, who captured everything from off-duty candids to 2-hot-2-handle performances (Weyes Blood and Perfume Genius covering Erasure’s “A Little Respect”on Saturday night…I mean YO). Time to get your scroll on:
And we’re out. Thank you forever for everything, and keep up with Marfa Myths on our Instagram and our website. We’re already working on next year.