Marfa Myths was an annual music festival and multidisciplinary cultural program founded in 2014 by nonprofit contemporary arts foundation Ballroom Marfa and Brooklyn-based music label Mexican Summer. In 2015, The festival expanded from one night to three days and initiated a multi-disciplinary program that featured a sound installation, film screening, and recording residency. With Marfa Myths, the two organizations bring together a diversity of emerging and established artists and musicians to work creatively and collaboratively across music, film, and visual arts contexts. The festival is inherently embedded in the landscape of Far West Texas, and engages with Marfa’s cultural history and present-day community.
2015 programming includes a recording residency with Dev Hynes and Connan Mockasin, a sound bath created by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, a semi-permanent outdoor mural by Liz Harris (Grouper), a presentation of Gregg Kowalsky’s live installation Tape Chants, and a screening of short documentaries and Holy Cow Swami at the Crowley Theater presented by CineMarfa and Anthology Recordings. Furthermore, live programming throughout the weekend will include sets from Iceage, Grouper, Tamaryn, Steve Gunn, Weyes Blood, GABI, Thug Entrancer, Co La, Bitchin Bajas, LBS. and Suicideyear.
Dev Hynes & Connan Mockasin
Marfa Map Poster
Ross Cashiola & Boyd Elder
Special screen-printed map of the venues featured in Myths, drawn and designed by artists Ross Cashiola and the legendary Boyd Elder.
Artist in Residence
Liz Harris, of Grouper, spent a week in Marfa painting a mural in the Lumberyard.
As Grouper, Liz Harris combines aspects of ambient and dream pop into ethereal, reverb-heavy music that is equally mysterious and moving. She uncovers different nuances within this approach on each of her many releases, which range from the lush and relatively poppy territory of 2008’s widely acclaimed Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill to 2012’s sprawling double-album A I A to more intimate works like 2018’s Grid of Points.
Sam Falls at Ballroom Marfa
Ballroom opened Sam Falls on Friday of Marfa Myths with a live performance in the courtyard from GABI, Thug Entrancer, Co La. The exhibition highlighted Falls’ multidisciplinary approach to time and representation, the show will feature new sound, video, sculptural, and wall works.
Special thanks to Keith Abrahamsson, Kaki Aufdengarten, Vicki Barge, Bonita Barlow, Rocky Barnette, Rachel Barnhart, Britney Bass, David Beebe, Shea Bermingham, The Big Bend Sentinel, Marie Blazek, Adam Bork, Boyz 2 Men, Travis Bubenik, Lauren Burkhart, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, the Capri Kitchen, Rob Carmichael/SEEN, Joe Cashiola, Ross Cashiola, Vicente Celis, Chinati Foundation, Thomas Clapp, Louise Cocks, Andrew Colarusso, Rob Crowley, Tim Crowley & JD DiFabbio of the Crowley Theater, Maxwell August Croy, Anthony DeSimone, Do Your Thing, Fairfax Dorn, Hilary duPont & Rosa McElheny, El Cosmico, Jesper Eklow, Boyd Elder, David Fenster, FRAMA, Fusion Magazine, GABI, Mona Garcia, Suzi Gruschkus, Mahala Guevara, Rob Gungor, Steve Gunn, Miriam Halpern, Liz Harris, Timmy Hefner, David Hollander, Connan Hosford, Hotel Paisano, Dev Hynes, Industry Screenprint, Liz Janoff, Ronnie Johnson, Tim Johnson, Mallory Jones, Judd Foundation, Warren Konigsmark, Gregg Kowalsky, Matt & Mikelle Kruger, LBS., Jennifer Lane, Virginia Lebermann, Adam Lekach, Ian Lewis, Susannah Lipsey, Minerva Lopez, Lynne Maphies, Marfa Boarding House, Marfa Burrito, Marfa Recording Company, Alex Marks, Jeff Matheis, Ryan McRyhew, Lauren Meader, Tom Michael Motormouth Media, Caitlin Murray, Luis Nieto Dickens, Riley O’Bryan, Joy Ohara & K Lye, Matt Papich, Jake Pepper, James Prudhomme, Riata Inn, James Richardson, Ashley Rowe, Simone Rubi, Jason Rueger, Shelby Sandlin, Andres Santo Domingo, Kerry Santullo, Mark Scott, Nargis Sheerazie, Gory Smelley, Tamaryn, Phil Tortoroli, Nancy Tovar, Cory Van Dyke, Matt Werth, Weyes Blood, Lizzy Wetzel, Sean Wilsey, and all the volunteers and collaborators who made Marfa Myths possible.