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Behind the Scenes at the Tierra. Sangre. Oro. Installation

We are busy installing our upcoming exhibition 'Tierra. Sangre. Oro.' with @elrafaesparza! Join us for the opening August 25, 6 – 10. There will be a special performance from @jd_samson & MEN + Tacos n šŸ»

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JD Samson & MEN at the Tierra. Sangre. Oro. Opening

The art/performance collective MEN will join us in the courtyard for the Tierra. Sangre. Oro. opening reception! MEN is led by LeTigre’s JD Samson and Michael O’Neill. These legendary artists believe in the radical potential of dance music and its power to demand liberties through invention and play. The New York Times describes Samson as “a powerful force at the intersection of lesbian, feminist culture and popular music,” and as someone keeping “the term ‘feminist electro-punk artist’ on the map.” Bitch Magazine says MEN’s 2013 album “is an upbeat, fiery electronic album that you can put on repeat three times in a row and still want to hear again.”

They’re traveling to Marfa for their first show in years. Their set begins at 8:30pm, and is not to be missed. To hear more of their music, visit the JD Samson & MEN Bandcamp page. The performance is free, and open to the public. RSVP on Facebook.

The evening will also feature tacos by Vicente Celis, and cold refreshments from Big Bend Brewing Co. and SAVED Wines.

Tierra. Sangre. Oro. Opens August 25

Photo via @maeamaria

Tierra. Sangre. Oro.
Friday, August 25th
Opening Reception 6 – 8:30 ā€¢ Live music from JD Samson & MEN at 8:30

Join us for the opening reception of Ballroom’s fall exhibition Tierra. Sangre. Oro., an exhibition envisioned by artist Rafa Esparza. The program will include new installation, performance, and sculptural work from Esparza alongside collaborations and contributions from artists Carmen Argote, Nao Bustamante, Beatriz Cortez, Timo Fahler, Eamon Ore-Giron, and Star Montana.

The reception is free and open to the public. There will also be free brews by Big Bend Brewing Company and wine from SAVED, and Vicente Celis will be serving his famous tacos. More info on Facebook.

Join Ballroom Marfa at The Capri!

As part of Ballroom Marfa’s spring membership drive we’re hosting a cocktail hour at the Capri on Wednesday, June 7 from 6-8pm.

The Capri is generously offering a complimentary hibiscus margarita with the purchase of a Ballroom Marfa membership.

Locals can join Ballroom at a special $25 level for this night only!

Music will be provided by Stephen Rabourn of the Marfa Public Radio: KRTS program Remote Soundtracks.

Click here to RSVP!

New Ballroom Marfa Rewards!

Contributions from Ballroom Marfa members bring new artwork and inspiring ideas into the world. We’d like to offer you something in return. We’re introducing an fresh new collection of Ballroom Marfa merchandise as part of our spring membership campaign. These items are only available currently to members, so click here to join Ballroom now!

Marfa Myths Highlights, Photos + Thanks

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…

No Nombres performing outside Marfa Public Radio, March 11, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

No Nombres performing outside Marfa Public Radio, March 11, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

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).

Watch the full archive.

Matt Craven's children's collage workshop at Marfa Studio of Arts, March 11, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Matt Craven’s children’s collage workshop at Marfa Studio of Arts, March 11, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

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.

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Images from Dirty Gay Movie Night

Thanks to everyone who joined us for a night of dirty gay movies, yoga, and song. Extra gratitude toĀ Rae Anna Hample and Eileen Myles for helping us kick off Marfa Myths in such fine style.

Read more about Dirty Gay Movie Night here. All photos by Alex Marks.

Dirty Gay Movie Night. Photo by Alex Marks.

Dirty Gay Movie Night. Photo by Alex Marks.

Leo Villareal named Texas Medal of Arts Honoree for Visual Art

Ballroom Marfa is thrilled to announce that Leo Villareal, a member of our board of trustees and El Paso native, hasĀ received the 2017 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Visual Arts.

The Texas Medal of Arts Awards is the Texas Cultural Trustā€™s signature event and the stateā€™s most prestigious arts gala, honoring amazing Texans who have made powerful contributions to the arts here at home and around the world.

Villareal is known for his iconic light sculptures including the now permanent installation on the San Francisco Bay Bridge, Bay Lights.

Villareal has deep family roots in Marfa and West Texas and we are proud to have him as part of the Ballroom leadership team.

Full coverage of the Texas Medal of Arts 2017 can be found here.

For more information about Villareal visit his website here.

Full Marfa Myths 2017 Schedule Now Available

Hear ye hear ye, the full Marfa Myths 2017 schedule is now available! Latest additions: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith! No Nombres! Paul Drummond! We’ll continue to add delights as we get closer to the festival, so keep your eyes peeled. Many thanks to all the artists performing, and our wonderful partners and sponsors.

Buy tickets here.

(Residents of Presidio, Brewster and Jeff Davis counties may purchase a la carte Marfa Myths tickets at a 50% discount. Please see the Facebook Marfa Group for more details.)

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Opening Reception for Arturo Bandin’s Grey Good Gardens

BIG THANKS to everyone who joined us for the opening reception of Arturo Bandini’s Grey Goo Gardens. GGG was made possible in part by the generous support of the City of Marfa, National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, the Ballroom Marfa Board of Trustees, and Ballroom Marfa members.

Special shout outs to Nick Fisher for once again making the long haul from L.A. to serve his creatively curated cocktails; Jessica Koslow and Scott Barry of Sqirl for the amazing tasty treats; Hotel Brotherhood for an epic performance; and Michael Dopp and Isaac Resnikoff, the brains behind Arturo Bandini.

Here are some images from the opening, courtesy of Alex Marks. More photos to come.

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