DuJour on Ballroom’s 10 Year Benefit Festivities

Fairfax Dorn. Photograph by BFANYC.COM

“New York gallerygoers, on-the-cusp artists and fashion notables flooded Chelsea’s Center 548 on Monday for a night of performances—both musical and non—and art auctions to benefit Ballroom Marfa, the highly-esteemed nonprofit space for contemporary art, film and music based in Marfa, Texas. Over 40 artists, including Liz Cohen, Solange Azagury-Partridge and Maryam Amiryani, participated in the silent and live auctions held during cocktails and dinner, respectively—some creating new pieces for the event.

The gallery celebrates 10 years of supporting exceptional artists, filmmakers and musicians, but the benefit (which raised $765,000 this year) extends beyond Texas’ art scene: Fairfax Dorn, Ballroom Marfa’s co-founder and executive director, told DuJour before dinner, “We’re going to continue doing what we’ve been doing, but also expand our Marfa dialog,” the forefront of which is a focus on climate change and environmental issues through programs involving grants and partnerships in New York this fall.”

Read more and peruse the photo gallery at DuJour.

Recent Jams from Hamiet Bluiett and Kahil El’Zabar

6 Mar 2013

On October 5, 2006, the World Saxophone Quartet, led by legendary baritone saxophonist Hamiet Bluiett, played this intense set at Lovejoy High School in the town in Illinois where Bluiett attended school six decades before.

Kahil El’Zabar and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, delivering a righteous percussive workout in 2005 at Teatro Fondamenta Nuove in Venice, Italy.

Bluiett performs with El’Zabar at the opening reception of Rashid Johnson’s New Growth, 8 March 2013, at Ballroom Marfa. Hear more music from the two icons this Friday morning at 10:30a, right after Ballroom Executive Director Fairfax Dorn’s conversation with Johnson on KRTS Marfa’s Talk at Ten.

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Scenes from Ballroom Marfa’s Valentine’s Dance featuring Gary P. Nunn + Primo Carrasco & Friends

19 Feb 2013

Valentine's Dance with Gary P. Nunn, 15 February 2013. Photo by Lesley Brown. Gary P. Nunn show, 15 February 2013. Photo by Lesley Brown.

Scenes from Ballroom Marfa’s Valentine’s Dance with Gary P. Nunn, 15 February 2013. All photos by Lesley Brown.

The Gary P. Nunn performance was made possible by the generous support provided by Janie and Dick DeGuerin.

Special thanks to David Beebe, The Big Bend Sentinel, Biff Bolen, Primo Carrasco, Ross Cashiola, Daniel Chamberlin, Rob Crowley, Dirk Fowler, Cristina Garces, Marfa Public Radio, Marfa Recording Company, Tom Michael and Gary Oliver.

Beer generously donated by Big Bend Brewing Company.

Primo Carrasco & Friends, 15 February 2013. Photo by Lesley Brown.

Primo Carrasco & Friends, 15 February 2013. Photo by Lesley Brown.

Lots more photos after the jump!