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Ronald Rael at Marfa Book Company

25 Apr 2013

For the third installment of Rio Bravo, Joaquim Hamou brings UC Berkeley Professor Ronald Rael to the Marfa Book Company where he’ll be “discussing a series of critical / theoretical / architectural interventions he has designed for the US = MEXICO border.” That’s tonight, Thursday 25 April 2013 at 6pm.

Rael’s 2008 book Earth Architecture features Elmgreen & Dragset’s Prada Marfa installation, Presidio’s Adobe Alliance and several other Far West Texas sites.

A preview of Earth Architecture‘s Prada Marfa section via Google Books:

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Michael Pollan at Marfa Dialogues 2012

24 Apr 2013

Michael Pollan’s new book, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, is now available for purchase, and the self-described “nature writer who writes about this particular part of nature that we don’t think of as nature” is popping up all over the place, from The Colbert Report to the Field Lab.

In September of 2012 Pollan joined us here in Far West Texas for the second Marfa Dialogues symposium. He and Hamilton Fish had a sprawling conversation in front of a packed house at the Crowley Theater, the entirety of which is available for your viewing pleasure up above.

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Outlook: Third team All Area catcher Christiana Roberts is a big graduation loss, but considering the Spartans return, virtually, all the rest of last year’s squad, things are looking quite promising for Immaculata.

Enrique Madrid and the Reanimation of Rio Bravo

11 Apr 2013

From our friends at the Marfa Book Company:

“Thursday, April 11th 6 pm
RIO BRAVO: Danish artist Joachim Hamou and MBCo are teaming up to reanimate , Hamou’s former gallery and performance space, for a series of three talks pertaining to Border Issues. Join us this Thursday, April 11th, to hear Redford, TX based Historian Enrique Madrid talk about the history and culture of the Greater Big Bend.”

Enrique and his wife Ruby were part of Ballroom and Alyce Santoro‘s Texas Biennial weekend in 2011. Santoro’s short film about Madrid’s radical tortilla cosmology will give you some idea of how deep Enrique can go.

The Synergetic Omni-Solution, 30 April 2011. Photo by Alberto Tomas Halpern.

Anthony Elms at Marfa Book Company this Thursday

2 Apr 2013

Anthony Elms

Ballroom Marfa is pleased to present a lecture by Anthony Elms at 8pm at the Marfa Book Company on April 4, 2013 at 8pm.

Anthony Elms is Associate Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, and is also the editor of WhiteWalls, an independent publisher distributed through the University of Chicago Press. Previously he worked for Performa 11 and was Assistant Director at Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago for five years. His writings have appeared in Afterall, Art Asia Pacific, Art Papers, Artforum, Cakewalk, May Revue, Modern Painters, New Art Examiner, and Time Out Chicago, and he has also written essays for numerous catalogs and collections. He has independently curated exhibitions as well, including: Pathways to Unknown Worlds: Sun Ra, El Saturn & Chicago’s Afro-Futurist Underground, 1954-68 (with John Corbett and Terri Kapsalis); Interstellar Low Ways (with Huey Copeland); Can Bigfoot Get You a Beer? and A Unicorn Basking in the Light of Three Glowing Suns (both with Philip von Zweck). Elms has also taught visual arts seminars at the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received a BFA in painting from Michigan State University and an MFA from the University of Chicago, and he continues to exhibit as an artist. His group exhibition White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart is currently on view at the ICA Philadelphia.

That Other Marfa Drive-In + Saturday Night Guitar Ragas

16 Mar 2013

David Beebe by Alberto Tomas Halpern [via Big Bend Now]

Meanwhile, over at David Beebe’s Boyz2Men taco trailer park, another drive-in project came to life this Friday night with an after hours selection of Eric Burdon videos. R&B videos to follow tonight. As Beebe writes on MarfaList, “we’ll debut this weekend with some music videos late Friday night and 8-10:30 or slightly later on Saturday- come on by and check it out!”

Also: Daniel Bachman delivers seriously zoned-out guitar ragas — in the style of Jack Rose, John Fahey and Robbie Basho — over at Marfa Book Company. Doors at 8 PM. $8 advance, $10 at the show.

Jennifer Lane at Marfa Book Company

5 Mar 2013


New works on paper by Marfa-based artist (and CineMarfa co-founder) Jennifer Lane at the Marfa Book Company. Opening Thursday, 7 March 2013 from 6-8pm. From MBCo:

We’re presenting b.c., featuring new work by Jennifer Lane. Lane works in a variety of media, including film, guache, and collage. The works on paper are often marked by metamorphic qualities, and I mean metamorphic in the Ovidian sense. Bodies of mushrooms, flowers, birds or moths become bodies of women and vice versa. Or the same may sprout limbs, wings or stalks of one or the other. She also makes strong singular forms that consist of parts of any or all of these. And there are solid painted forms that maintain organic resemblance but without figural aspects. Have a look at her work at her website, if you’d like to see what I’m trying to say. There is also a page of recommended reading, which is very cool. The show will be in the gallery until April 7th.

Lannan Writer-In-Residence Ali Abunimah covers the IDF on Instagram

20 Feb 2013


Palestinian-American journalist Ali Abunimah’s coverage of Israeli soldiers’ photos on social media has gotten worldwide attention since he first reported on a disturbing image on February 15. Abunimah is a co-founder of the website The Electronic Intifadah — where he first covered the story — and a current Lannan writer-in-residence here in Marfa. His piece about an image of a Palestinian child’s head framed in a sniper’s scope has led to coverage from The Guardian and the BBC, and has also attained viral status following coverage from news outlets such as Gawker and Buzzfeed.

His follow-up blog post from February 20, “Stoned, naked, armed and dangerous: more disturbing images from an Israeli soldier’s Instagram“, is an expectedly unsettling read, complete with somewhat NSFW images.

Abunimah’s talk at the Marfa Book Company on February 2 featured excerpts from his current work looking at the influence of Israeli policies on the practices of U.S. security thinking, and the following discussion suggested many parallels between the border politics of the U.S., Mexico, Israel and Palestine.

Click here to listen to Abuminah’s interview on Marfa Public Radio.