Marfa Dialogues/NY to debut in New York City this Fall

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, New York

July 16, 2013

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

381 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003

T 212 228 5283

Sponsored by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Ballroom Marfa and the Public Concern Foundation, interdisciplinary project to address climate change through art, activism and science

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Ballroom Marfa and the Public Concern Foundation will bring the Marfa Dialogues to New York in October-November 2013 as part of a continuing examination of climate change science, environmental activism and artistic practice.

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. 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.

A calendar of events will be available in August at, along with ongoing context and discussion for participants.

Through grants provided by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Marfa Dialogues/NY establishes 18 programs radiating across New York. 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 the Public Theater
Mary Miss/City as a Living Laboratory
Materials for the Art
New School’s Center for New York City Affairs
Socrates Sculpture Park
Storefront for Art & Architecture
Superhero Clubhouse
Triple Canopy

Marfa Dialogues was co-founded in 2010 by Fairfax Dorn of Ballroom Marfa, a leading contemporary arts center in Far West Texas, and Hamilton Fish of The Public Concern Foundation (PCF), a New York non-profit devoted to the advancement of public education around social and political topics. Marfa Dialogues was originally conceived as a symposium to broaden public exploration of the intersection of art, politics and culture. The first Marfa Dialogues addressed issues of the US-Mexico border region where Ballroom Marfa was founded in 2003. The symposium ran simultaneously with the Ballroom Marfa exhibition In Lieu of Unity.

In 2012, with the support of an Artistic Innovation and Collaboration grant from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the second Marfa Dialogues program considered the science and culture of climate change, with Michael Pollan, Rebecca Solnit and Dr. Diana Liverman leading discussions concurrently with Carbon 13, a visual arts exhibition curated by David Buckland of Cape Farewell and presented at Ballroom Marfa.

In 2013, Marfa Dialogues is moving from the desert to the city, where the project will continue to focus on climate change, integrating the work and voices of artists, writers, journalists, scientists and other participants from the academic, government and public interest sectors.

For more information, visit To find out more about previous Marfa Dialogues, see

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