Ballroom Marfa Art Fund


Rainer Judd, Naomi Campbell, Rashid Johnson + Martha Stewart make the scene at our 2014 New York Benefit Gala!

17 Nov 2014


Photos by Jenny Anderson

Ballroom Marfa’s 2014 New York Benefit Gala took place Monday night at Prince George Ballroom, a celebration of our 11 years of bringing world class music and art to the Big Bend. In addition to celebrating our past, the gala helps us to secure essential support for future programs. The event included the conclusion of our benefit auction – hosted by Artsy – along with Graham Reynolds’ performance of the first chapter in his Ballroom Marfa-commissioned Marfa Triptych, The Country & Western Big Band Suite.

Vogue,, Guest of a Guest and WWD were on hand to document the festivities:

From Vogue:

New Yorkers have seen their fair share of ballrooms, but leave it to a group of Texans to find one that seemingly none of the art world glitterati have ever visited before…[Lauren] Santo Domingo, Maria Baibakova, and Sofia Coppola were all on hand to fete Ballroom and the pioneering spirit of the town of Marfa, as were Dustin Yellin, Rashid Johnson, and Luke Wilson, a native Texan. Peter Copping made one of his first New York appearances since taking the reins at Oscar de la Renta, and Naomi Campbell snuck in after appetizers to join Allison Sarofim’s table. View photos here.

From Style:

Everything’s bigger in Texas—even when it’s a gala affair across the country. The nonprofit art space Ballroom Marfa shipped up to New York City for a benefit bash at another ballroom (the Prince George on 27th Street) last night. On the guest list: Naomi Campbell, Martha Stewart, Sofia Coppola, and more. View slideshow here.

From Guest of a Guest:

The Ballroom Marfa Benefit Gala took place at Prince George Ballroom last night with guests including Rainer Judd, Naomi Campbell, Texas-bred Luke Wilson, Dustin Yellin, Martha Stewart, and more. The event, which celebrated the 11th anniversary of the contemporary arts space, stayed true to the spirit of Marfa, Texas. [Be] sure to check out our slideshow.

From WWD:

An artsy fashion crowd trickled in as the cocktail hour lingered, allowing guests like Sofia Coppola, Peter Copping, Dustin Yellin, [and] Rainer Judd… [This] being a dinner for a Texas organization, the menu featured fried chicken and short ribs served with yams, corn bread, collard greens and macaroni and cheese. Grassy landscapes of Marfa washed over a projection screen while the Austin-based composer Graham Reynolds and his 11-piece band gave a commanding performance of the first installment in “The Marfa Triptych: The Country & Western Big Band Suite. See more here.