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Support Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance on Kickstarter

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Ballroom Marfa is excited to announce the launch of our Kickstarter campaign for Graham Reynolds’ experimental chamber opera, Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance, the third and final installment of The Marfa Triptych.

Join us in supporting this extraordinarily ambitious collaboration through Kickstarter today! Click here to visit the campaign page and find out more about the project and the unique rewards available to all Pancho Villa backers.

Dengue Fever Now On View At Ballroom Marfa

Ballroom Marfa is pleased to host Dengue Fever, the second of four exhibitions conceived for Arturo Bandini’s year long installation in the courtyard, a perfect copy of their iconic Los Angeles gallery.

As a worm in an apple, or a tongue licking a psychoactive toad, or more to the point a wet willy, works by Kelly Akashi, Marten Elder, John Finneran, S Gernsbacher, Drew Heitzler, Sarah Manuwal, Calvin Marcus, and Roni Shneior surround and infuse the building (both inside and out), saturating it with meaning.

Arturo Bandini is a collaborative project/gallery by artists Michael Dopp and Isaac Resnikoff. The gallery occupies a small building designed by Joakim Dahlqvist that fluidly transposes interior and exterior space, mirroring Bandini’s promiscuous curatorial sensibility.

Documentation of the exhibition follows. All photos by Alex Marks courtesy the artists and Ballroom Marfa.

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Mary Weatherford on “Agnes Pelton and the American Transcendental”

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Ballroom Marfa recently hosted a lecture by artist Mary Weatherford, “Agnes Pelton and the American Transcendental” to complement After Effect, the current exhibition on view in Ballroom’s galleries. The lecture took place at the Crowley Theater in Marfa, TX on May 21, 2016.

A painter herself, Weatherford speaks here on the work of Agnes Pelton, a member of the historical Transcendental Painting Group active in New Mexico in the 1930s and ’40s. The Transcendental Painting Group’s manifesto identifies their aim as carrying “painting beyond the appearance of the physical world, through new concepts of space, color, light and design, to imaginative realms that are idealistic and spiritual” in an effort to “widen the horizon of art.”

Watch Weatherford’s lecture below or visit Ballroom Marfa’s Vimeo page.

Opening Reception for Arturo Bandini’s Dengue Fever

Thanks to everyone who came out for the opening reception of Arturo Bandini’s Dengue Fever. We had a blast and are so grateful for everyone’s support. Dengue Fever was made possible in part by the generous support of National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, the Ballroom Marfa Board of Trustees and Ballroom Marfa members.

Big shout outs to Vicente and Ramona for the amazing tacos; Nick Fisher for driving from L.A. to serve his Marfa Pale Ale and delicious cocktails; Don and Linda Shafer for artist accommodations; SAVED Wines for continued support of Ballroom programs; and Michael Dopp and Isaac Resnikoff, the brains behind Arturo Bandini.

Here are some images from the opening, courtesy of Emma Rogers. More photos after the jump.

Opening reception for Arturo Bandini’s Dengue Fever, 2016  Photo by Emma Rogers

Opening reception for Arturo Bandini’s Dengue Fever, 2016
Photo by Emma Rogers

Opening reception for Arturo Bandini’s Dengue Fever, 2016  Photo by Emma Rogers

Opening reception for Arturo Bandini’s Dengue Fever, 2016
Photo by Emma Rogers

Opening reception for Arturo Bandini’s Dengue Fever, 2016  Photo by Emma Rogers

Opening reception for Arturo Bandini’s Dengue Fever, 2016
Photo by Emma Rogers

Opening reception for Arturo Bandini’s Dengue Fever, 2016  Photo by Emma Rogers

Opening reception for Arturo Bandini’s Dengue Fever, 2016
Photo by Emma Rogers

Opening reception for Arturo Bandini’s Dengue Fever, 2016  Photo by Emma Rogers

Opening reception for Arturo Bandini’s Dengue Fever, 2016
Photo by Emma Rogers

Opening reception for Arturo Bandini’s Dengue Fever, 2016  Photo by Emma Rogers

Opening reception for Arturo Bandini’s Dengue Fever, 2016
Photo by Emma Rogers

Opening reception for Arturo Bandini’s Dengue Fever, 2016  Photo by Emma Rogers

Opening reception for Arturo Bandini’s Dengue Fever, 2016
Photo by Emma Rogers

Opening reception for Arturo Bandini’s Dengue Fever, 2016  Photo by Emma Rogers

Opening reception for Arturo Bandini’s Dengue Fever, 2016
Photo by Emma Rogers

Opening reception for Arturo Bandini’s Dengue Fever, 2016  Photo by Emma Rogers

Opening reception for Arturo Bandini’s Dengue Fever, 2016
Photo by Emma Rogers

Opening reception for Arturo Bandini’s Dengue Fever, 2016  Photo by Emma Rogers

Opening reception for Arturo Bandini’s Dengue Fever, 2016
Photo by Emma Rogers

Opening reception for Arturo Bandini’s Dengue Fever, 2016  Photo by Emma Rogers

Opening reception for Arturo Bandini’s Dengue Fever, 2016
Photo by Emma Rogers

Opening reception for Arturo Bandini’s Dengue Fever, 2016  Photo by Emma Rogers

Opening reception for Arturo Bandini’s Dengue Fever, 2016
Photo by Emma Rogers

Opening reception for Arturo Bandini’s Dengue Fever, 2016  Photo by Emma Rogers

Opening reception for Arturo Bandini’s Dengue Fever, 2016
Photo by Emma Rogers

Opening reception for Arturo Bandini’s Dengue Fever, 2016  Photo by Emma Rogers

Opening reception for Arturo Bandini’s Dengue Fever, 2016
Photo by Emma Rogers

Arturo Bandini at Ballroom Marfa

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Vapegoat Rising, the micro-exhibition from Los Angeles-based artist collective Arturo Bandini, is only on view here in Marfa for a few more weeks, closing on May 29, 2016. Find updated images of the installation on Bandini’s website, and stay tuned for more information about their upcoming micro-exhibition, Dengue Fever, coming to the Ballroom Marfa courtyard on June 3 and on view until August 21. This upcoming program, also part of Ballroom’s ongoing After Effect exhibition, will include work from Kelly Akashi, Marten Elder, John Finneran, S. Gernsbacher, Drew Heitzler, Sarah Manuwal, Calvin Marcus, and Roni Shneior.

Do Easy Art

Do Easy Art recently spoke with Michael Dopp and Isaac Resnikoff of Arturo Bandini about “the origin of their collaboration and their aspirations for the two-part exhibition” …

Was the desert landscape a big influence on your curatorial decisions?

We used the curatorial premise of the show inside the main gallery space as our organizing principle. Although we did enjoy the idea of imagining our friends works out there in the Texas landscape.

How do the two shows connect to each other? Is the second show a denouement or does it play a counterbalancing role?

Maybe it’s counterbalancing? Mostly we wanted to be able to have two shows. To ephasize that Arturo Bandini functions as a gallery, not a singular installation. It also allowed us to include the works of more people we like. We came up with two shows both reflecting different types of landscape. The first one, Vapegoat Rising, is rock and fog, so it’s a desert show of sorts, but a foggy dessert. The second show is jungle. Dengue Fever, is denser and more colorful. The work is less austere.

Keep reading at Do Easy Art, and find Fredrik Nilsen’s documentation of Vapegoat Rising in our After Effect photo archive.

Agnes Pelton and the American Transcendental

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Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York

Ballroom Marfa Presents
“Agnes Pelton and the American Transcendental”: A lecture by artist Mary Weatherford
May 21, 2016 at The Crowley Theater in Marfa, TX
Doors at 6pm, lecture at 6:30pm
Free

Ballroom Marfa presents a lecture by artist Mary Weatherford, “Agnes Pelton and the American Transcendental”, to complement After Effect, the current exhibition on view in Ballroom’s galleries. As a painter herself, Weatherford is particularly interested in the work of Agnes Pelton, a member of the historical Transcendental Painting Group active in New Mexico in the 1930s and ’40s, and will lecture on Pelton’s work, milieu and historical context.

The Transcendental Painting group’s manifesto identifies their aim as carrying “painting beyond the appearance of the physical world, through new concepts of space, color, light and design, to imaginative realms that are idealistic and spiritual” in an effort to “widen the horizon of art.” The resulting works were created using methods simultaneously scientific and metaphysical. A classically trained painter, Pelton was co-founder, first president, and the eldest and most experienced member of the group.

Born in Ojai, California, Mary Weatherford lives and works in Los Angeles. Weatherford earned her B.A. at Princeton University in 1984 and was a Helena Rubinstein Fellow in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program in 1985. She earned her M.F.A. from the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College in 2006.

Ballroom Marfa Community Cocktail Hour

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Ballroom Marfa invites the community to join us at The Capri in Marfa on Thursday, April 21 from 6-7pm for drinks and conversation. The Capri will be unveiling a specially-prepared cocktail for the occasion, and they’ve generously offered to get the first round of drinks for current, renewing and first-time Ballroom members.

This gathering is free and open to the public, and we would love to take this opportunity to welcome you in person as a member of Ballroom Marfa.

Ballroom Marfa needs you. Your support allows us to continue to bring invigorating visual art, performance, music, and film to our remote high-desert community. Contributions from Ballroom members allow us to host banner weekends like After Effect and Marfa Myths, as well as intimate programs such as last year’s Desert Surf Films series and this weekend’s free Bitchin Bajas show. Members also enable Ballroom commissions, such as Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance, the next installment in Graham Reynolds’ Marfa Triptych.

Your enthusiastic participation at our events is a huge part of this support, but your financial contributions are also crucial to our efforts. Sign up for a Ballroom Marfa membership anytime online, or call us at 432.729.3600.

See you at The Capri next Thursday as we raise our glasses to you, the people who make all of this possible!

Fairfax Dorn in San Antonio Magazine

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In advance of Artpace San Antonio’s annual fundraiser honoring Ballroom Marfa co-founders Fairfax Dorn and Virginia Lebermann, Fairfax talks with San Antonio Magazine about her lifelong connection with art in Texas …

Almost two years ago, Dorn transitioned from executive director of Ballroom Marfa to artistic director, and returned to New York City. She married art executive Marc Glimcher and still travels to Marfa regularly. And though she has been enjoying more family time, she said she misses home. “I think about Texas all the time. I miss all the aspects of it: the birds, the grass, the relaxed nature, even the experience of art is just different there.”

Keep reading in San Antonio Magazine.

Ballroom Co-Founders Honored at Artpace Gala

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Ballroom Marfa co-founders Fairfax Dorn and Virginia Lebermann will be honored at Artpace San Antonio’s The Happening, their annual fundraising gala and 21st Birthday celebration. From Artpace

Raise a glass to Artpace’s 21st Birthday at its annual fundraising event, The Happening, hosted by Co-chairs Anna Wulfe and Christopher C. Hill. The 21 Club Speakeasy Happening will celebrate Artpace’s coming of age with drinking, dining, and dancing ‘til dawn.

HONOREES

Artpace is proud to honor Fairfax Dorn and Virginia Lebermann, the visionary founders of Ballroom Marfa, who have worked to elevate Texas and Texas artists in the international contemporary art arena. Dorn and Lebermann transformed a 1920s-era dancehall into a dynamic, contemporary cultural arts space where varied perspectives and issues are explored through visual arts, film, music, and performance.


Find tickets and more info at Artpace.

Dan Colen Talks Cloud Paintings on The Dinner Party Download

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Listen to Dan Colen talk about his contributions to our After Effect group exhibition on The Dinner Party Download, and read highlights from the interview below and on their website

What I’m trying to kind of accomplish is maybe transcend the image a little bit through the material and the way I apply it. They’re sprayed oil. It’s traditional artist oil paint, but it’s sprayed in many, many, many layers. And there’s really nothing that speaks to any kind of, like, illusionistic deep space.

So, the clouds and the sky, on quick glance, you see them reading like the clouds in front and the sky in back. But when you actually spend a little time with it, there’s really no space implied. And so they’re kind of on one plane. So, it has an abstract quality, and the material is like, kind of first and foremost.

Find lots more over at the Dinner Party Download!