Join Chris McKnight, Master Gardner and Facilities Officer & Kelly O’Connor, Head of Collections to celebrate the life of Chris and Linda in a special tour focused on the plantings and visual experiences throughout Chris Park. Through intentional landscape planning, many of the plant varieties bloom during the month of April in which both Linda Pace and her son Chris were born. During this special Gallery Talk edition hear from our Master Gardner, Chris McKnight about both tropical and native varieties that flourish in this lush landscape. Our Head of Collections Kelly O’Connor will discuss the visual experiences throughout the park designed by both international acclaimed artist Teresita Fernandez and Linda Pace herself.
Ballroom Marfa and Ruby City are partnering this spring with an evening of live music at Ruby City’s Sculpture Garden for Music in the Park. The evening will feature the all-female Taureg guitar group, Les Filles de Illighadad, and Book of Sound (SHAPESHIFT ONE), a new project from Rob Mazurek in collaboration with Damon Locks and Lisa E. Harris. Music in the Park is an annual program hosted by Ruby City and KRTU Trinity University 91.7FM in San Antonio.
Les Filles de Illighadad is an all-female Taureg guitar group from a secluded commune in central Niger, at the edge of the Sahara. Their sound explores two very different sides of Tuareg music: dreamy ishumar acoustic guitar sessions and hypnotic polyphonic tende. Tende is the sound that defines rural Niger and the forgotten root from which Taureg guitar is inspired. As communal music, tende is meant to be played during celebrations and as a call-andresponse among women singing about what’s happening in the village. While tende is a musical form dominated by women, Taureg guitar has grown into its male-dominated counterpart. Fatou Seidi Ghali, the lead vocalist of Les Filles, is one of the only female Tuareg guitarists in Niger. In a place where gender norms have created two divergent sounds, Fatou and Les Filles are reasserting the role of tende in Tuareg guitar and reclaiming its importance in the genre.
Book of Sound (SHAPESHIFT ONE) is a new project commissioned by Ballroom Marfa from Marfa’s own multidisciplinary artist and electro-acoustic composer, Rob Mazurek. Mazurek has invited his longtime collaborator, Damon Locks of Black Monument Ensemble, and interdisciplinary artist, performer and composer Lisa E. Harris to perform the first part of this epic Galactic Space Opera. Using a theremin, vocals, brass instruments, and digital and analog synthesizers, this new, psychedelic composition explores the ever-changing world of bio-technology. The project highlights the impact of bio-technology on human life, from birth and daily decision making to death and beyond.
This meaningful exchange allows the Ballroom Marfa and Ruby City to work together to fulfill their shared mission to foster the creation of innovative expression.
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To learn more about how Ruby City connects to the architecture of the San Antonio Historical Missions join us for a Gallery Talk with Dr. Antonio Martinez-Molina. An Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Dr. Martinez-Molina will illuminate our Missions World Heritage Site from his unique background in architectural design, conservation and sustainable construction. Join us for this architectural and conservation focused Gallery Talk Sunday, May 3rd from 2-3PM.
Ruby City will host its 4th annual Bubble Fest on Saturday, June 6. The day of family-friendly festivities will be presented in partnership with Spare Parts, who will feature a variety of interactive Bubble Stations for children to experience outdoors. This year Bubble Fest will take place throughout the Ruby City campus. Since opening in 2005, Chris Park has served as a place of joy and reflection, in accordance with Pace’s original vision, and is open to visitors year-round.