On a spring 2012 road trip in the American Southwest, we drive through the desert to Marfa, home of the Chinati Foundation, a museum designed by artist Donald Judd to present art in conversation with the surrounding landscape. We stop to explore Ballroom Marfa, where then director Fairfax Dorn and project manager Melissa McDonnell sit down with us to talk about the genesis of the contemporary art space. Architect Michael Meredith meets us at an outdoor cafe to share his perspective on how a drive-in theater might come to life in this remote setting.
Sound Editor: Leo Madriz | Special Audio: Brian LeBarton, The Wind, 2010. New Year’s Film/Score Series. January 2, 2010. Courtesy Ballroom Marfa | Photography credits as noted