Fairfax Dorn, the co-founder of Ballroom Marfa, advised visitors that their summer season social gathering can be filled with “surprises.” Seems, that was not an empty or exaggerated promise: the night, held at co-founder Virginia Lebermann’s bucolic Bridgehampton residence, featured a wild array of performers, together with masked aerialists from Hamptons Fly, a bubble-enclosed dancer who floated throughout the pool, in addition to mermaids who sporadically emerged and submerged. Disco balls hung from the bushes, as did geometric sculptures by Sean Daly. In the meantime, music spun by DJ Helado Negro (aka Roberto Carlos Lange) performed all through the night time. Artwork—in a number of totally different varieties—was throughout.
Which, in a manner, is maybe additionally the ethos of the up to date artwork museum itself. Whereas Donald Judd’s studio and Chianti Basis put the West Texas city of Marfa on the cultural map, Ballroom Marfa helped solidify its status as a minimalist artwork Mecca: the non-collecting museum always places forth rotating exhibitions of public artworks, performances, screenings, concert events, and extra. (Kristi Sword and Carlos Lange’s “Kite Symphony,” for instance, ran on the venue till Could.) Its Hamptons occasion—occurring for the primary time in 4 years—funds all these applications and the varied artists who create them. “We’ve supported their visions and their desires,” mentioned Dorn. “We’re right here to maintain making that occur.”
In attendance was a inventive crowd, together with Sheree Hovsepian, Rashid Johnson, Lauren Bush Lauren, David Lauren, Arden Wohl, and Casey Fremont. Artists—together with Robert Longo, Tara Donovan, Jules de Balincourt, Robert Nava, and Jill Magid—have been in all places you turned. Individuals gathered round to introduce themselves to Daisy Nam, the newly introduced government director and curator of Ballroom Marfa. Many visitors additionally wore David Yurman jewellery, which sponsored the night’s festivities.
The night time’s menu was an ode to the distinctive Marfa culinary scene: Yann Nusry served a farm-to-table Tex Mex resembling summer season squash tamales, burnt beets with salsa verde, and beef brisket, whereas churros with dulce de leche have been the must-eat dessert. The desk setting, which wove by a grove of tulip bushes, featured a powder blue tablecloth with illustrations of Marfa landmarks such because the instantly-recognizable Prada Marfa retailer.
After dinner, it was time for dancing below the moonlit disco balls that went effectively into the night time.