Founded in 2014 by Mexican Summer and non-profit contemporary arts foundation Ballroom Marfa, the two organizations bring together emerging and established musicians and visuals artists to work creatively and collaboratively across disciplines, presenting performances and exhibitions in unusual venues across the surreal Far West Texas landscape. Marfa’s special vibe springs from a unique blend of adobe architecture, borderland culture, ranching history, and the contemporary art world aesthetics introduced by the arrival of iconic artist Donald Judd in the 1980s.
Ballroom Marfa is a non-profit cultural arts foundation based in Marfa, a town of 2,000 people in Far West Texas. The contemporary art and performance space was established in 2003 by Fairfax Dorn and Virginia Lebermann in a ballroom that dates back to 1927. Ballroom produces ambitious visual arts exhibitions; commissions extraordinary works that are site-specific and site-inspired; enables profound cultural happenings and connections; and gives artists the opportunity to engage with the landscape of the Big Bend.
Some of Ballroom Marfa’s program highlights include Prada Marfa, the permanent, site-specific land art project by Elmgreen & Dragset; Hello Meth Lab in the Sun, the groundbreaking exhibition by Jonah Freeman, Justin Lowe & Alexandre Singh; and exhibitions and commissioned work by Dan Colen, Agnes Denes, Peter Doig, Rafa Esparza, Thomas Houseago, Matthew Day Jackson, Rashid Johnson, Mike Kelley, Haroon Mirza, and Leo Villareal.