Marfa Dialogues/Houston 2016 began at the Menil Collection with a keynote address by Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., the President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus. This was followed by a performance from Lucky Dragons, an experimental music group from Los Angeles. This site-specific performance featured a collaboration with Houston-based vocalists, arranged alongside an array of environmental field recordings and live electronics; a composition that lyrically spoke to biodiversity, human ecological impact and climate change as a loss of complexity in a moment of transition.
Lucky Dragons is ongoing collaboration between Los Angeles-based artists Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck. Lucky Dragons research forms of participation, dissent, perception and attention in performance and public art, purposefully working towards a better understanding of existing ecologies through workshops, publications, and recordings. Fischbeck and Rara have presented collaborative work in a wide variety of contexts, including REDCAT, LACMA, and The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, MOCA Los Angeles, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, London’s Institute for Contemporary Art, The Kitchen in New York, the 54th Venice Biennale, The Whitney Museum of American Art (as part of the 2008 Whitney Biennial) and The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, among others.
Marfa Dialogues/Houston has been made possible by the generous support of The Brown Foundation, Inc., The City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, The Cullen Foundation, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Downtown, National Endowment for the Arts, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, The Winslow Foundation, FotoFest Board of Directors, Ballroom Marfa’s Board of Trustees and Ballroom Marfa members.
Ballroom Marfa is also grateful for the support of our program partners FotoFest International and The Public Concern Foundation; our associate partners at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Menil Collection, and Museum of Fine Arts Houston; and our media partners at Marfa Public Radio.
Special thanks to Kenneth Anderson and Andreanne Vachon, Bill Arning, Kristin Bonkemeyer, Travis Bubenik, Vicente Celis, Felice Cleveland, Dean Daderko, Malcolm Daniel, Beka Economopoulos, David Fenster, Mike Ferrara, Rebecca Fowler, Peyton Gardner, MariAlice Grimes, Josef Helfenstein, Karl Kilian, Christina Kim, Charles Mary Kubricht, Marian Luntz, Christy MacLear, Tony Martinez, Connie McAllister, Melissa McDonnell Luján, Bill McKibben, Tom Michael, Margaret Mims, Terence Muhammad, Tommy Napier, Other Means, Bryan Parras, Thomas Rhoades, Sicardi Gallery, t.e.j.a.s., Kristina Van Dyke, Wendy Watriss, and Michelle White.