Marfa Dialogues

Ballroom Marfa 2012 Benefit Weekend

Kathryn Andrews with Scott Benzel, Juan Capistran with Chris Avitabile, Leif Hedendal, Matthew Day Jackson, Rashid Johnson, Simone Leigh, Raymond Pettibon, Adrian Villar Rojas, Leo Villareal

25-28 May 2012


BALLROOM MARFA 2012 BENEFIT
A Trip to the Moon: A Weekend with Aliens and Astronauts
25-28 May 2012 in Marfa, Texas

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WEEKEND OF EVENTS

Friday, 25 May 2012
・Cocktail reception at Ballroom Marfa and viewing of Data Deluge exhibition
・Chuck Wagon Dinner by John Welder at the home of Ballroom Marfa’s Executive Director Fairfax Dorn

Saturday, 26 May 2012
・Sunrise at Prada Marfa
・Dinner piloted by Jens Hoffmann featuring chef Leif Hedendal with special performances throughout the evening at the Hip-O Ranch home of Nancy & Rod Sanders
・Extraterrestrial after-party with DJ Juan Capistran

Sunday, 27 May 2012
Houston, We Have a Problem brunch at the home of Ballroom Marfa Co-Founder Virginia Lebermann and John Wotowicz, cohosted with Suzanne Deal Booth
・Twilight cocktails at the home of Sabrina Franzheim
CSS concert at the Capri

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PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

Kathryn Andrews
Juan Capistran
Leif Hedendal
Matthew Day Jackson
Rashid Johnson
Simone Leigh
Raymond Pettibon
Adrian Villar Rojas
Leo Villareal
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Ballroom Marfa is pleased to announce our 2012 Benefit Dinner & Concert, A Trip to the Moon: A Weekend with Aliens and Astronauts, taking place May 25-28, 2012 in Marfa, Texas. Set in the far-flung environs of the high desert, Ballroom Marfa will host three days of interstellar events celebrating nine years of art, film and music with signature Texas hospitality and panache. Barclays is partnering with Ballroom Marfa for the second consecutive year and our Texas-based board members are acting as the event co-chairs: Charles Attal, Suzanne Deal Booth, Sabrina Franzheim, Molly Kemp, Vance Knowles, Virginia Lebermann, Nancy Sanders and John Wotowicz. Additionally, we are proud to have Steve Houston of Barclays as a benefit co-chair.

The centerpiece of the weekend will be an otherworldly dinner piloted by the formidable Jens Hoffmann, Director of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and co-curator of the 2011 Istanbul Biennial. In line with Ballroom Marfa’s mission to promote emerging and recognized artists every object and element related to the dinner will be created by an artist, including works on paper by Raymond Pettibon, plates and glasses by Matthew Day Jackson, table linens by Rashid Johnson, table decor by Simone Leigh, space piñatas by Adrian Villar Rojas and lighting elements by Leo Villareal. LA-based artist Kathryn Andrews, in conjunction with composer Scott Benzel, will present a new performance in which performers summon alien beings from distant planets. Supported by musician Chris Avitabile, Juan Capistran will also perform at the dinner as well as the Extraterrestrial After-Party.

Under starry West Texas skies and overlooking the vast desert, guests will experience a fanciful dinner created by San Francisco chef and founder of Dinner Discussion, Leif Hedendal. Leif is an independent chef and cultural producer. He has done food–based work at Southern Exposure, Triple Base Gallery, Studio for Urban Projects, Space All Over (NYC), Open Engagement (Portland), He Said She Said (Chicago), Roots and Culture (Chicago), and InCUBATE (Chicago). His project Dinner Discussion is a monthly dinner bringing together contemporary artists, food activists, and researchers to discuss their projects and form connections. Leif also organizes underground and pop–up restaurants, teaches cooking classes, and has a catering business. His cuisine focuses on highly seasonal and under–utilized vegetables, urban agriculture projects, and wildcrafted ingredients.

Throughout the weekend, Co-Founders Fairfax Dorn and Virginia Lebermann, along with board members Nancy Sanders (screenwriter), Suzanne Deal Booth (founder of The Friends of Heritage Preservation), and Sabrina Franzheim (designer and founder of Marfa International School) will host a series of private events encompassing the outer space theme from the artistic decor to specialty menu items served with Casa Dragones Tequila and signature cocktails featuring Texas-based Tito’s Vodka.

The weekend will also feature a sunrise gathering with locally roasted coffee at “the loneliest boutique on Highway 90,” the famed Prada Marfa installation. Conceived by the Berlin-based Elmgreen & Dragset and co-produced by Ballroom Marfa and Art Production Fund, Prada Marfa is seated squarely in the most public of American spaces, along an empty stretch of highway, 35 miles west of Marfa.

The weekend will crescendo with a benefit concert with indie-rock band Cansei de Ser Sexy (CSS) at the Capri. CSS is a Brazilian rock band from São Paulo, whose sound fuses punk, reggae, dance and pop. Their live show is equal parts dance party, urban circus, and out-and-out chaos, with an unaffected, unbridled joy in performance.

Expected attendees for the weekend include Ballroom Marfa Board Members Charles Attal (founder of C3 Presents), Matthew Day Jackson (artist), Sue Hostetler (Editor-in-Chief, Art Basel Magazine), Charles Ruger (artist) and Leo Villareal (artist), along with art world luminaries Lee Anthony & J. Travis Capps Jr., Regine Basha & Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, Marianne Boesky, Betsy Cragon & Peter Corsell, Alexander Gray & David Cabrera, Deborah Green & Clayton Aynesworth, Amy Harmon, Robert Hernreich, Hannah Hoffman, Charles Mary Kubricht & Ron Sommers, Jenny & Trey Laird, Lora Reynolds & Quincy Lee, Eugene Sepulveda & Steven Tomlinson, Joseph & Esther Varet, Yvonne Force Villareal and Candace Worth.

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For more information about tickets, please call MF Productions at 212.243.7300 or email benefit@ballroommarfa.org.

    Read about our benefit in ATX Post, Big Bend Sentinel, Houston Culture Map, Huffington Post, Papercity, Tribeza, and Whitewall, and Vogue.

    Ballroom Marfa would like to extend our gratitude to our Principal Corporate Sponsor, Barclays.

    We would also like to thank our in-kind sponsors: Casa Dragones Tequila, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; Red Car Wine, Sebastopol, California; Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Houston, Texas; Staglin Family Vineyard, Rutherford, California; and Tito’s Vodka, Austin, Texas.

    With support from Shelley Hudson & Food Company, Marfa Industries, Marfa Recording Company and Jonathan Mergele.

    Design by Sally Coleman.

    Special thanks to Lee Adame, Megan Aizpuro, Alexsandra Annello, Lance Armstrong, Arts and Recreation, Julia Axelrod, Lalo Baeza, Vicki Barge, Rocky Barnette, Sarah Bencic, The Big Bend Sentinel, Biff Bolen, Augustus Britton, Lesley Brown, Ross Cashiola, Elizabeth Castro, Vicente Celis, Dan Chamberlin, Chinati Foundation, Sarah Christy, Sally Coleman, El Cosmico, Sarah Cork, Rick & Tracy Creasy, Rob Crowley, Sean Daly, William Doherty, Janet Eby, Melissa Feldman, Joanna Fiduccia, Cuca Flores, Food Shark, Paul Fucik, Pam Gaddis, Tavahn Gahzi, Chantall Gonzales, Gracie Gonzales, Dylan Goodman, David Gouge, Betty Gradeda, Laura Grolla, Alberto Halpern, Chris Hillen, Hotel Paisano, Shelley Hudson, Skipper Hunnicutt, Jett’s Grill, Leigh Johnston, Annie Jonasson, Mallory Jones, Judd Foundation, Juan Lara, Robert Lara, Gina Leiss, Susannah Lipsey, Karen Longshore, Carlos Lujan, Diane Lujan, Rachel Anne Manera, Jean Prentice Manning, Marfa Public Radio, Alex Marks, Juan Martinez, Mariela Martinez, Jeff Matheis, Rosa McElheny, Ralph McKay, Jonathan Mergele, MF Productions, Nicolas Miller, Rachel Monroe, Caitlin Murray, Christine Olejniczak, Flor Orozco, W.N. Parrott, Quality Quinn, Craig Rember, Riata Inn, Yano Rivera, Mark Rodriguez, Alicia Sanchez, Junie Sativa, Mary Lou Saxon, Sam Schonzeit, Adeline Schowengerdt, Katherine Shaughnessy, Dan Shiman, Tyler Siegrist, Gory Smelley, Stay Marfa, Thunderbird Hotel, and Sean Woosley.

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