Marfa, Texas is a quiet West Texas destination for minimalist art that is most well-known for not being well-known whatsoever. It’s likely that if you’re familiar with the town, it’s because some art history major friend of yours remarked on how they needed to make a pilgrimage to the Prada storefront located 26 miles northwest of Marfa before they graduated high school. Maybe it’s the mythic phenomenon of the “Marfa lights” that drew your attention to it. However you initially came to discover this quiet desert town nestled in the corners of the state, one thing is for certain: for the past 5 years, Marfa Myths has been the reason you’re excited to visit it.
Combining the strong cultural history of Marfa and its air of ethereality with a desire to bring art to the forefront of the town, Marfa Myths “is an annual music festival and multidisciplinary cultural program” founded in 2014 by Ballroom Marfa and Brooklyn label Mexican Summer. Every year, a group of creatives from around the global arts scene congregate in this cultural epicenter to bring forth an art experience like no other. Musicians take residence within the confines of the town to collaborate on albums together; well-established producers and instrumentalists set up shop as they prepare their woodworking and painting exhibits; ambient pioneers wander around the deserts of West Texas in search of inspiration for their next body of work. Whatever facet of art appeals to you the most, you will find some realization of it at Marfa Myths. Radio UTD is sending an envoy of our staff, current and former, to take in all the festival has to offer – take a look at what we’re most excited for this year.