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Marfa Myths Highlights, Photos + Thanks

Marfa Myths 2017: Holy cow! We can’t believe it really happened — a year in the making and over in a magical flash. Big love to our partner Mexican Summer; all of the local heroes that worked so hard to create an amazing experience; and all the folks who came from near and far, who made it so special. Some of our highlights…

No Nombres performing outside Marfa Public Radio, March 11, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

No Nombres performing outside Marfa Public Radio, March 11, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

During the festival, Marfa Public Radio graciously hosted an East-meets-West on-air partnership with Brooklyn’s The Lot Radio. A slew of incredible artists stopped by for interviews, DJ sets, and live performances (we currently have Chulita Vinyl Club‘s DJ set on repeat).

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Matt Craven's children's collage workshop at Marfa Studio of Arts, March 11, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Matt Craven’s children’s collage workshop at Marfa Studio of Arts, March 11, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Our artist-in-residence, Matt Craven, held an awesome children’s collage workshop on Saturday morning during the festival. Big thank you to all the children who attended, Marfa Studio of Arts, and Rae Anna Hample, who helped guide the workshop. We hope the future is a little brighter with collage artists.

Botany and Shingetsu Billy White at Marfa Myths 2017. Photo by Alex Marks

Botany and Shingetsu Billy White at Marfa Myths 2017. Photo by Alex Marks.

One of our personal highlights was the meditation between Botany and Shingetsu Billy White at Building 98 — the artists, with the help of Mona Garcia of the International Women’s Foundation, were so open to collaboration and exploration…it was deeply inspiring.

Marfa Myths pins

Didn’t pick up any Marfa Myths swag while you were here? Never fear. We have a few items left in the shop — tees are trés legit; the enamel pin looks for real on denim jackets. (Next year: FANNY PACKS.)

Zomes at Wrong Marfa, March 10, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Zomes at Wrong Marfa, March 10, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Shout outs to all of our gracious partners — Anthology Recordings, Bazaar Marfa, The Capri, Crowley Theater, Do Your Thing, El Cosmico, Freda, Hotel Saint George, International Women’s Foundation, Judd Foundation, Lost Horse, Marfa Book Company, Marfa Recording Company, Marfa Studio of Arts, Pure Joy, Thunderbird Hotel, UNITED ARTISTS, Ltd., Visit Marfa, The Well, and Wrong Marfa. It takes a village, and all of you were a straight dream. Prayer hands emoji 4 life.

Guests at the Idris Ackmoor & The Pyramids, March 10, 2017. Photo by Alex Marks.

Guests at Idris Ackmoor & The Pyramids, March 10, 2017. Photo by Alex Marks.

And our generous sponsors — Big Bend Brewing Company, GEM&BOLT Mezcal, KIND, SAVED Wines, Stumptown Coffee, Stumptown Printers, Tito’s Vodka, and Topo Chico — thank you for believing in this festival (and keeping us hydrated, among other things).

Rae Anna Hample at Dirty Gay Movie Night, March 9, 2017. Photo by Alex Marks.

Rae Anna Hample leading a stretch at Dirty Gay Movie Night, March 9, 2017. Photo by Alex Marks.

If you weren’t able to make it out, check out Aquarium Drunkard’s journey through Marfa, There Is No Such Thing as Nowhere: Marfa Myths 2017. (Little known fact: We started reading AQ way back in 2004 and almost cried when we met founder Justin Gage at Ballroom Marfa in 2012.) (Second little known fact: When we were first plotting Marfa Myths, we suggested the festival name “Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere.”) (Didn’t get much traction.)

We also loved this article in The Irish Times, and seeing the world of Marfa Myths through the eyes of photographer Zackery Michael and model Lola McDonnell in GQ.

And don’t forget this hella awesome / hella epic dispatch from Neil Fauerso in Glasstire (parts 1 and 2!); Garrett Karrberg’s love letter to the festival in The Poleax; or Derrik J. Lang’s thoughtful piece about Marfa in American Way.

Weyes Blood, Perfume Genius, and Connan Mockasin at Marfa Myths 2017. Photo by Alex Marks.

Weyes Blood, Perfume Genius, and Connan Mockasin at Marfa Myths 2017. Photo by Alex Marks.

And here’s just a few of our favorite moments from our crack team of Cali-born, Cali-vibe Marfa Myths photographers, Alex Marks and John Vogler, who captured everything from off-duty candids to 2-hot-2-handle performances (Weyes Blood and Perfume Genius covering Erasure’s “A Little Respect”on Saturday night…I mean YO). Time to get your scroll on:

Marfa Myths zine launch at Freda, March 9, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Marfa Myths zine launch at Freda, March 9, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

GEM&BOLT Mezcal at Freda, March 9, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

GEM&BOLT Mezcal at Freda, March 9, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

13th Floor Elevators exhibition opening, March 9, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Topo Chicos at the 13th Floor Elevators exhibition opening, March 9, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Guests at Roky Erickson, March 9, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Guests at Roky Erickson, March 9, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Roky Erickson, March 9, 2017. Photo by Alex Marks.

Roky Erickson, March 9, 2017. Photo by Alex Marks.

The crowd at Roky Erickson, March 9, 2017. Photo by Alex Marks.

The crowd at Roky Erickson, March 9, 2017. Photo by Alex Marks.

Dirty Gay Movie Night, March 9, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Dirty Gay Movie Night, March 9, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Eileen Myles at Dirty Gay Movie Night, March 9, 2017. Photo by Alex Marks.

Eileen Myles at Dirty Gay Movie Night, March 9, 2017. Photo by Alex Marks.

Gaby Carballo at Dirty Gay Movie Night, March 9, 2017. Photo by Alex Marks.

Gabriela Carballo at Dirty Gay Movie Night, March 9, 2017. Photo by Alex Marks.

Dirty Gay Movie Night as part of Marfa Myths 2017. Photo by Alex Marks.

Dirty Gay Movie Night, March 9, 2017. Photo by Alex Marks.

Zomes, March 10, 2017. Photo by Alex Marks.

Zomes, March 10, 2017. Photo by Alex Marks.

Strange Attractor opening reception, March 10, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Strange Attractor opening reception, March 10, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Lucky Dragons installation at Ballroom Marfa, March 10, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Lucky Dragons installation at Ballroom Marfa, March 10, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

The opening of Strange Attractor, March 10, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Strange Attractor opening reception, March 10, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

The opening of Strange Attractor, March 10, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Strange Attractor opening reception, March 10, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Lonnie Holley, March 10, 2017. Photo by Alex Marks.

Lonnie Holley at the Strange Attractor opening reception, March 10, 2017. Photo by Alex Marks.

Tonstartssbandht at Strange Attractor, March 10, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Tonstartssbandht at the Strange Attractor opening reception, March 10, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids, March 10, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids, March 10, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Chulita Vinyl Club, March 10, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Chulita Vinyl Club, March 10, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Guests at Chulita Vinyl Club, March 10, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Guests at Chulita Vinyl Club, March 10, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Pharoah Sanders at Saint George Hall, March 11, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Saint George Hall, March 11, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Checking people in at Pharoah Sanders, March 11, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Checking people in at Pharoah Sanders, March 11, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Julia Holter at Saint George Hall, March 11, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Julia Holter at Saint George Hall, March 11, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Pharoah Sanders, March 11, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Pharoah Sanders, March 11, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

The Capri, March 11, 2017. Photo by Alex Marks.

The Capri, March 11, 2017. Photo by Alex Marks.

Cate Le Bon, March 11, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Cate Le Bon, March 11, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

The Allah-Las, March 11, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

The Allah-Las, March 11, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Surprise performance by members of Woods and Dungen, March 11, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Surprise performance by members of Woods and Dungen, March 11, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Jenny Hval, March 11, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Jenny Hval, March 11, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Marfa Mystery Channel at the Crowley Theater, March 12, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Marfa Mystery Channel at the Crowley Theater, March 12, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, with visuals by Rose Kallal, March 12, 2017. Photo by Alex Marks.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, with visuals by Rose Kallal, March 12, 2017. Photo by Alex Marks.

Guests outside the Crowley Theater, March 12, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Guests outside the Crowley Theater, March 12, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Woods, Dungen, and Weyes Blood. Photo by Alex Marks.

Woods, Dungen, and Weyes Blood. Photo by Alex Marks.

And we’re out. Thank you forever for everything, and keep up with Marfa Myths on our Instagram and our website. We’re already working on next year.