• UO Happenings: Marfa Myths Music Festival Recap


    Last week we blogged about our upcoming trip to Marfa, TX (the middle-of-nowhere-spot in far West Texas that's been a destination for artists, musicians, and creatives from all over the world since the 70s) for the Marfa Myths Festival. Well...now we're back with a ton of amazing photos and memories to share. Read on for our trip recap and festival highlights!
    Photos by Kristine Morgan

    Above: rolling in!

    Above: First stop off the highway — Prada Marfa

    After a long car ride of desolate stretches of nothing (but a good playlist!) our first official stop...Prada Marfa! Originally installed in 2005 by artists Elmgreen and Dragset, the permanent installation is made to recreate an actual Prada store — and is filled with actual pieces from the brand's 2005 collection. Prada Marfa has gotten so much publicity...it was kind of surreal to see it in person. Trust us when we say it lived up to the hype. 

    Above: The Get Go grocery, typical Marfa architecture, and a road "souvenir"

    We arrived in Marfa and quickly walked around to explore and visit (Festival host) Ballroom Marfa and see the opening night of the incredible plant installation by artist Sam Falls. 

    Above: no shoes allowed in the sound bath, please!

    Above: Cantu-Ledesma setting up

    The next morning, we woke up ready for adventure, setting out for the first Marfa Myths performance of the day, a "Sound Bath" with Jefre Cantu-Ledesma. Walking in to soothing vibrations, after removing our shoes we found an open spot in the filled room and experienced being washed over with sound — such an amazing experience that created an energy that everyone in the room was part of. Equally amazing was Gregg Kowalsky's afternoon Tape Chants, where he placed amps in different parts of the room and walked around manually adjusting the sounds to create a choir of sound and vibration. 

    Above: street scenes

    Above: a quick afternoon coffee at Squeeze

    Above: A permanent Warhol installation at the Ayn Foundation

    Above: courtyard pool at the iconic Hotel Paisano

    Above: concrete installations by Donald Judd at Chinati

    In the afternoon, we set out to see the sights, getting lunch at the local coffee shop Squeeze before walking...everywhere: We visited by the iconic Hotel Paisano, where the cast of "Giant" (including James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor) stayed while filming in Marfa in the 50s. Everywhere you look you're surrounded by art and spaces that have been renovated to become galleries. We also paid tribute to Donald Judd at Chinati, walking around to get a sense of how massive the Foundation is and how expansive Judd's presence in Marfa is. The best part was just soaking up the moments that make the town so special — where dusty West Texas roads meet galleries with Warhol paintings, where cowboys and artists all hang out in the same location. Finally, an early dinner at favorite Marfa spot Maiya's (the the cherry on top was the creme brûlée – whoa).

    Above: the Mexican Summer showcase on Saturday night

    Finally, it was time for the piece de resistance of the Festival, the Mexican Summer showcase, with shows by Iceage, Grouper, Tamaryn, Steve Gunn, and Weyes Blood. The performances were amazing, and the night was extra cozy with campfires set up to surround the building...not to mention Dev Hynes made an appearance that topped off the night! 

    Marfa was a road trip for the books – we're already planning our return visit to West Texas.