Marfa Myths is an annual music, visual art and film fest in conjunction with Brooklyn-based independent record Mexican Summer and non-profit contemporary arts foundation Ballroom Marfa.
No VIP sections here. Marfa Myths is an intimate experience, in and of the small town of Marfa, which is home to 2,000 people. The fest has alum like psychic-engineer Liz Harris’ ambient project Grouper.
Marfa Myths brings together established musicians and visual artists, presenting performances and exhibitions in unusual and exciting venues.
The experience is more art hangout than concert series. Each artist performs more than just a set; they collaborate with the features of the open high-desert in Far West Texas.
This go round, the Marfa Myths lineup features British post-punk legends, Wire, way-paving electronic synthesist Suzanne Ciani, Moroccan trance group Innov Gnawa, Brazilian king of tropicália Tom Zé, Austin minimalist ensemble Thor & Friends, country legend and visual artist Terry Allen from Amarillo, Jessica Pratt, Helado Negro, Amen Dunes, Allah-Las and some surprise performers.
Ballroom Marfa is a non-profit cultural arts foundation established in 2003 by Fairfax Dorn and Virginia Lebermann in a space dating back to 1927. They have produced many ambitious visual arts exhibitions, including Prada Marfa, the permanent land art project by Elmgreen & Dragsat.
The fest celebrates the adobe architecture, borderland culture and ranching history of Marfa, as well as the contemporary aesthetics introduced by the artist Donald Judd in the 1980s.
Friday morning, April 13th, the fest kicks off with open hours at The Judd Foundation. I travelled to Marfa earlier this year and was lucky enough to visit The Block, which is an absolute must-see. The Block was meticulously planned by Judd, and houses his renowned contemporary sculptures and extensive personal library.
Marfa Myths’ annual recording residency lives on with Cate le Bon and Bradford Cox (Deerhunter), as well as with Jesse Moretti, the festival’s visual artist in residency.
Lucky for me, I'm traveling back to Marfa to attend the fest this year. I'm super excited, can't wait to see some of my favorite artists and photograph the fest on behalf of KLSU. Stay tuned and check back right for some images of the fest mid-April.
Below is more information about the visual and conceptual art installations during the festival, from Marfa Myths HQ:
Based on the organizing principles from Dr. Timothy Morton’s 2013 book, Hyperobjects, a so-named collaboration with Ballroom Marfa will use ideas from Morton’s theory to explore the current ecological crisis. Alongside works from various contemporary artists, the project will also include objects from the local environment.
The festival will host Imaginary Concerts, an exhibition and live printing, in honor of the release of Peter Coffin’s new book: Imaginary Concerts Volume 2, a series of monographs between Coffin and various concert daydreamers. The project was inspired by the iconic posters of LA’s Colby Poster Printing Company, who printed the tricolor gradient posters from 1946 until 2012. A collaboration between Coffin, Anthology Editions and Stumptown Printers, the exhibit will display original prints from Coffin’s Untitled (Designs for Colby Poster Company), 2008. Additionally, a letterpress will be on hand, courtesy of Stumptown, to create original tricolor posters. Each day’s lineup will be represented on these posters, and are an exclusive to Marfa Myths attendees.
Find the lineup and tickets here: https://marfamyths.com/#schedule-0
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