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Welcome to Art Opening(s), the podcast where there are no gatekeepers, no stupid questions, and art for all. Hosted by Courtney Jordan and Samantha Sanders and sponsored by Network.
What’s Up with Marfa, Texas?
Learn about the town that Judd built. We’ll discuss the hows and whys of Marfa, a town in the high desert of West Texas with a population of less than 2,000 that has turned into a contemporary art pilgrimage site that receives close to 40,000 visitors a year.
We discuss all the ways Marfa, Texas, is having a moment. From how modern art heavy-hitter Donald Judd put the town on the map to why it is a magnet for movie makers — There Will Be Blood and No Country for Old Men were shot there as well as I Love Dick, the Amazon miniseries starring Kevin Bacon.
We solve the riddle of why a town with one stoplight just might be heaven on earth for art lovers and makers but hear from the locals — Ann Marie Nafziger, mayor of Marfa, and curator Kate Green — about why the town is more than tourist bait.
This episode of Art Opening(s) is sponsored by Meditations on Drawing| An Network Event.
In this episode, Sam and Courtney uncover:
+Why Donald Judd decided it was better in Marfa…
+Why minimalism and Marfa are a must…
+What it’s like to be the mayor of an artful town…
+Why passing through this art mecca isn’t the way to go…
+Why viewing art in Marfa is the ultimate anti-museum experience…
Listen in as we dig deep into the myths and realities of Marfa, Texas. We discover what this city can be for us as creatives looking for inspiration and travelers looking for artful experiences. Because it’s art for all–and most definitely for you.
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Special Guest Ann Marie Nafziger
Marfa, Texas, has been good to Ann Marie Nafziger. A painter who first visited Marfa in late 90s, Nafziger permanently relocated to the desert town from Oregon in 2002. She met her husband at an open house at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa and in 2017 she was elected mayor. Nafziger received her MFA from the University of Houston in 2008 and exhibits her work in Marfa and throughout the U.S. She speaks to us on the hype versus the reality of Marfa, and why Donald Judd is important–but not that important.
Special Guest Kate Green
Former guest director of the now-shuttered Marfa Contemporary, Kate Green is currently a curator at the El Paso Museum of Art. She discusses the divides an art hot spot like Marfa experiences, between locals and those just stopping through. She also attests to the consider charms of the town including its Native American history and the incomparable stargazing the big skies of Marfa offer.