Ballroom believes in art’s power to transform and enlighten. Established in 2003 by Virginia Lebermann and Fairfax Dorn, our contemporary art and performance space is housed in a 1920s-era ballroom and is free and open to the public. The family of the late Walter Alton “Slim” Brown, even generously contributed to the project by lending their land. Ballroom is a nimble space that seeks out experimentation, supports emerging artists, and bridges different disciplines in the arts through its holistic point of view, which is extremely exciting to me.”, “Susan’s background includes scholarship, curation and the management of exhibitions at one of North America’s most significant museum collections,” says Dorn. Established in 2003 by Virginia Lebermann and Fairfax Dorn, our contemporary art and performance space is housed in a 1920s-era ballroom and is free and open to the public. “Ballroom Marfa has an extraordinary history,” says Sutton. Through your participation as co-sponsors, audience members and supporters, the Marfa community has helped shape this initiative. 40 x 50 inches (unframed) [email protected]   https://www.ballroommarfa.org/. Many artists, from Andy Warhol with his famous Campbell soup cans to Andreas Gursky with his grand photographic documentation of retail spaces have appropriated and dealt with the visual language of commercial brands. Sutton managed the exhibition Byzantine Things in the World (2013), contributing a major essay, “Resistant Surfaces,” to its catalogue. Ballroom Marfa proudly presents a new publication documenting our 2015 Sam Falls exhibition. Marc Glimcher and Fairfax Dorn wed at Catto-Gage Ranch in Marfa. Digital photograph From Artpace …. We are hugely grateful for the collaborative efforts of Tim Johnson and Caitlin Murray of the Marfa Book Company; Robert and Rosario Halpern of the Big Bend Sentinel; Tom Michael and the staff at Marfa Public Radio; Farm Stand Marfa; Cochineal; Maiya’s; Rob Crowley, Gory Smelley; The Crowley Theater; Thunderbird Hotel and The Capri; Padre’s; Robert Potts of The Dixon Water Foundation; and to the Food Shark and chef Rocky Barnett for all of their amazing creations. Then in 2003, a 4,500-square-foot dance hall was put up for sale in Marfa. Ballroom Marfa will present an art exhibition of environmentally-engaged works at the Rauschenberg Foundation Project Space (455 W. 19th Street in Chelsea), and will orchestrate additional events with Marfa Dialogues program partners at that location. You can also find them on our Dorn has served as executive director of Ballroom Marfa since she founded the organization with Virginia Lebermann in 2003. Marfa Dialogues/NY to Debut in New York City this Fall. In conjunction with The Progress of Love, she launched the Menil’s first exhibition related website. I see this same inspiration and loyalty guiding Ballroom Marfa. James Evans It took us over a year of intense fundraising from local and international private patrons to realize this authentic and pure permanent artwork. In April 2014, we were honored to be part of the “I [art] Marfa” series for Arte Creative in France. Fairfax Dorn is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Ballroom Marfa, a non-profit cultural art space dedicated to exploring varied perspectives and issues through the visual arts, film music and performance. It’s part of what people think of when they think of Marfa, either as art lovers on a pilgrimage, or as surprised passersby. Ballroom Marfa is pleased to announce the opening of Immaterial, an exhibition that will focus on the physical and psychic tensions between form, color and space across varied visual and structural mediums. Along with Ballroom Marfa’s board of trustees, she oversees the … All photos by Mary Lou Saxon. Edited by Laura Copelin. “I think about Texas all the time. With generous support from individuals and foundations, Ballroom commissions new site-specific and site-inspired projects and gives artists and musicians the opportunity to engage with the magnificent landscape of the Big Bend. Marfa Dialogues/NY will feature two months of programming including community forums, art exhibitions, musical performance and environmental panels, all accessible to the public and available via broadcast and digital media. The west Texas, high-desert city of Marfa embodies a singular place within the public art discourse in this country. More than 20 leading New York cultural, academic and public interest institutions are participating in this city-wide public conversation around climate change. – Yvonne Force Villareal & Doreen Remen View Fairfax Dorn’s profile on LinkedIn, the world's largest professional community. Poetry by Sam Falls. Like our Marfa project, but on a larger scale, the Marfa Dialogues/New York program will feature community forums, public panels, an exhibition curated by Ballroom Marfa at the Rauschenberg project space in Chelsea, an online magazine, public sculpture projects, theater performances, cabarets and film exhibitions – and in the enduring spirit of Marfa, we also have an environmentally conscious food truck as one of our program partners. Fairfax Dorn, Ballroom Marfa’s co-founder and outgoing executive director, will transition to the role of artistic director, where she will work with Sutton in conceiving and implementing the creative and strategic vision for the Marfa-based non-profit. Co-founder and Artistic Director Art Production Fund and Ballroom Marfa co-produced the project. We are encouraging engagement with art, and Prada Marfa is an important precursor to other public art projects in Marfa and Far West Texas. Prada Marfa is an artwork initiated by ourselves and realized in a collaboration with the not-for-profit cultural organizations Art Production Fund and Ballroom Marfa in 2005. As an advocate for the freedom of artistic expression, Ballroom Marfa’s mission is to support the work of artists, musicians, and visionary thinkers of all backgrounds. Even as we are expanding the horizons of the Marfa Dialogues project, we will continue our established practice of producing a new Marfa Dialogues program every other year here in Marfa. Ballroom Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Fairfax Dorn, states: “Ballroom is so pleased that Daisy Nam will join the talented team in Marfa. Vogue.com asked Fairfax Dorn, cofounder and executive director of Ballroom Marfa, to share some of her favorite snapshots from the weekend … A calendar of events will be available in August at www.marfadialogues.org, along with ongoing context and discussion for participants. Email * Related. For more about previous Marfa Dialogues, see www.ballroommarfa.org/dialogues. Click here for the full gallery of 32 images. Fairfax has 1 job listed on their profile. We enable these profound cultural happenings and connection to further inspire local, national and international communities in developing new ways of experiencing and enriching our world. Prada Marfa, 2005 “I am awed by the inspired risk the founders took to build it. Ballroom Marfa Benefit Gala 2014: Film, Fashion, and Art Unite The 21 Club Speakeasy Happening will celebrate Artpace’s coming of age with drinking, dining, and dancing ‘til dawn. 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. The door does not open, ensuring that the sculpture will never function as a place of commerce. I miss all the aspects of it: the birds, the grass, the relaxed nature, even the experience of art is just different there.”, 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. Ballroom is committed to helping artists and musicians achieve extraordinary projects and has commissioned many important works including: Kite Symphony (forthcoming), a new film commission by artists Roberto Lange (aka Helado Negro) and Kristi Sword; bust: indestructible columns (2019), rafa esparza’s performance on the South Lawn of the White House that challenged oppressive architectures of American power; stone circle (2018), a semi-permanent site-specific public installation by Haroon Mirza; The Marfa Triptych (2012 – 2016), a three-part musical portrait of West Texas by composer Graham Reynolds; Giant (2014), a film commission by Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler; The Shea Butter Irrigation System (2013), a major installation in Ballroom’s courtyard by Rashid Johnson; Hello Meth Lab in the Sun (2008), an immersive transformation of Ballroom’s gallery by Jonah Freeman, Justin Lowe, and Alexander Singh; Prada Marfa (2005), a site-specific public sculpture by Elmgreen & Dragset; and Pyramids of Conscience (2005) a large-scale, site-specific sculptural commission by Agnes Denes. Great public art empowers people and gives them alternate ways to understand the times that we live in; Prada Marfa is a civic gift that has become one of the great worldwide pop icons. In 2012, Sutton led the management of The Progress of Love, an international simultaneous three-venue exhibition with the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos. Text by David Raskin. As an advocate for the freedom of artistic expression, Ballroom Marfa’s mission is to support the work of artists, musicians, and visonary thinkers of all backgrounds. They kindly gave us the permission to use their logo after we asked them, due to the founder Miuccia Prada’s personal interest in contemporary art, and she donated shoes and bags, which have never been renewed but stay the same – as a historic display – inside the sculpture. Foundation’s Worldwide Map. It comes as a big surprise for us that the Texas Department of Transportation now after eight years may declare this well-known artwork to be illegal and we think it would be a shame for the local community if it disappeared after being there for so long since the work clearly is one of the strong points for the cultural tourism, which is such an important financial factor in this region. Ballroom Marfa Co-Founder Fairfax Dorn, LA Confidential Publisher Alison Miller, and Art Basel Miami Beach Magazine Sue Hostetler attend LA Confidential and Ballroom Marfa Honoring LA's Prominent And... Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images Lebermann is currently president of Ballroom Marfa’s board of directors. Select from premium Fairfax Dorn of the highest quality. Ballroom Marfa is an internationally recognized non-collecting contemporary art museum located in Marfa, a rural town of less than 2,000 people in Far West Texas. Conceived and filmed by Sébastien Carayol and Katie Callan, the pair spent a week in Marfa, interviewing five locals: the Chinati Foundation’s Rob Weiner; artist Julie Speed; Ballroom Marfa Executive Director Fairfax Dorn; Food Shark owner Adam Bork; and artist Sam Schonzeit. Programming partners include: The Carbon Tax Center; The Center for Social Inclusion; Columbia University’s Earth Institute; Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate & Society; Cooper Union’s Institute for Sustainable Development; Gallery Aferro; High Line Art; IMC Lab & Gallery; Joe’s Pub at Public Theater; Mary Miss/City as a Living Laboratory; Materials for the Art; New School’s Center for New York City Affairs; NRDC; Sculpture Center; Socrates Sculpture Park; Storefront for Art & Architecture; Superhero Clubhouse and Triple Canopy. In an increasingly commercialized world, we see the independent artistic treatment of all visual signs and signifiers as crucial to a better and wider understanding of our day-to-day surroundings, including the influence of corporations. Featured. 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. Established in 2003 by Virginia Lebermann and Fairfax Dorn, our contemporary art and performance space is housed in a 1920s-era ballroom and is free and open to the public. On a Spring 2012 road trip in the American Southwest, Cathy Byrd meets members of Ballroom Marfa’s creative team. Réalisation Sébastien Carayol & Katie Callan Caméra Katie Callan Montage Sébastien Carayol Jeune héritière d'une… (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); A letter to the editor from Fairfax Dorn and Hamilton Fish, from the July 25, 2013 Big Bend Sentinel: To the many friends and supporters of the Marfa Dialogues in the high desert – We have exciting news: the Marfa Dialogues project is hitting the road and will be opening this fall in New York City with a series of programs on climate change and the arts that will expand on the symposium held in Marfa last September. With full integrity, the artists refused for us to ask any corporation, especially Prada, for monetary donations to support the making of this project. It’s also a non-profit project — supported entirely by funds from foundations and individuals — and the antithesis of commercialism. So break out the new dress and press that shirt – the Marfa Dialogues will be returning to Marfa in the fall of 2014. She was also a contributor to African Art from the Menil Collection (2008). 108 E. San Antonio St. Founded in 2003 by Virginia Lebermann and Fairfax Dorn, Ballroom Marfa is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization and a dynamic, contemporary cultural arts space where varied perspectives and issues are explored through visual arts, film, music, and performance. P.O. Sutton comes to Marfa after a four-year tenure at Houston’s Menil Collection, where, as assistant curator, she most recently organized A Thin Wall of Air: Charles James (2014), an exhibition exploring the work of the celebrated designer in relation to John and Dominique de Menil, two of his most committed patrons. It is advertisement only when a company either commissions someone to make such a sign, pays for its execution or makes a sign themselves in order to promote the company’s products. Virtually tour the Ruidosa church and help fund its restoration . This book records Sam Falls’ (born 1984) new body of work—sound, video, sculptural and wall pieces—produced for his 2015 show at Ballroom Marfa in Texas. However, we are very happy to experience the fantastic support from both art professionals internationally, locals and others, who have even created a Facebook page named “Save Prada Marfa” that after just a short while has received almost 4000 likes and daily receives plenty of new posts, stories and images from people who once visited this site. She married art executive Marc Glimcher and still travels to Marfa regularly. Dorn is best known for cofounding Ballroom Marfa, though she says it began mostly by accident. 108 E. San Antonio St. Marfa, TX 79843 Through program grants provided by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Marfa Dialogues/NY establishes 18 programs radiating across New York. “The diverse experience she brings from the Menil make her an ideal person to guide Ballroom Marfa as we continue with our ambitious plans for the future.”. View Fairfax Dorn's business profile as Executive Director and Co-Founder at Ballroom Marfa gallery. We commission new work, collabortate across disiplines, and produce exhibitions, public artworks. Photo by David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com. She had been living in New York City, feeling constrained by the high costs. +1 (432) 729 3600, Sam Falls Catalogue Now Available From Ballroom Marfa, Ballroom Co-Founders Honored at Artpace Gala, Ballroom Marfa Names Susan Sutton as Executive Director, Locust Talks: Ballroom Marfa’s Executive Director Fairfax Dorn, Scenes from the Opening of Artists’ Film International. Some highlights from Friday night’s opening of Artists’ Film International. © World Art Foundations : the platform for art foundations world wide. And with the Marfa Dialogues banner flying over New York this fall, we hope if you can you’ll join us there and be a part of the exciting schedule of climate change programs being organized across the city. P.O. Find contact's direct phone number, email address, work history, and more. Vogue.com asked Fairfax Dorn, cofounder and executive director of Ballroom Marfa, to share some of her favorite snapshots from the weekend … Prada Marfa is an embodiment of the Ballroom Marfa mission to combine innovation and accessibility without compromising on either front. And though she has been enjoying more family time, she said she misses home. Watch Dorn’s episode here; or view the entire series here. We reached out to Ballroom Marfa cofounder and artistic director Fairfax Dorn about JAY-Z's continued support, and she told us that it was Beyoncé who initially discovered her organization. info@ballroommarfa.org I come from an institution where the founders believed in Texas, saw its potential, and wanted to create a world class place for the arts, on par with New York or Paris, and with intense loyalty to Houston. “We turned up the volume on Marfa, but it wasn’t immediate,” admitted Fairfax Dorn, who, with Virginia Lebermann, founded Ballroom Marfa in 2003. Foreword by Fairfax Dorn. – Fairfax Dorn Founded in 2003 by Virginia Lebermann and Fairfax Dorn, Ballroom Marfa is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and a dynamic, contemporary cultural arts space housed in a converted dancehall that dates to 1927. Ballroom Marfa. T Magazine on MD/NY and “Ballroom’s Expanding Sphere of Influence” Posted by Ballroom Marfa. 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