Modernism Week & Art Palm Springs
Be sure to attend Modernism Week every February
Love midcentury modern design? Love art? Well you’re in luck, because it’s just about that time of year where modernist design and fine art intersect in the desert, with Palm Springs Modernism Week and the Art Palm Springs Fair happening simultaneously in Palm Springs. Modernism Week has expanded to an 11-day affair, happening on February 15-25, 2018, while Art Palm Springs coincides with the first weekend, on February 15-19, 2018.
Artwork by Danny Heller, courtesy of the George Billis Gallery
While the two events are separate, it’s quite easy to enjoy both – in fact, Art Palm Springs is held at the Palm Springs Convention Center, where the annual Modernism Show & Sale (featuring 85 national and international dealers of vintage furniture and décor) is also happening, so you can visit the two back to back. Both Art Palm Springs and the Modernism Show & Sale feature opening night parties – Art Palm Springs on Thursday, February 15, and the Modernism Show & Sale on Friday, February 16. Also included with Modernism Show & Sale admission is entrance to the Palm Springs Modern Design Expo, a new event showcasing cutting-edge modern design and technology, such as dynamic and energy efficient building materials, home appliances and electronics, smart home technology and security, hand-crafted furniture and design accessories, contemporary art and photography.
Modernism Show & Sale
The Modernism Show & Sale is just one part of Modernism Week, which includes over 300 architectural tours, parties, lecture, films and other events. There are still tickets available for many great Modernism Week events – below are some suggestions!
The Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour provides guests with an overview of significant civic and commercial buildings, as well as residential properties located within notable Palm Springs neighborhoods, including the midcentury “leisure lifestyle” communities in south Palm Springs. Led by knowledgeable guides, this open-air experience offers unique, exterior perspectives of Desert Spanish and Midcentury Modern architecture, two predominant styles found in Palm Springs.
Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour
Tune into the Tiki Beatnik vibe in your vintage aloha wear or your beatnik best at the Tiki Beat party, happening at the 1960 Royal Hawaiian Estates designed by Wexler & Harrison, with live music by the Martini Kings.
Come explore the colorful and unique doors of the Indian Canyons neighborhood during the Palm Springs Door Tour, presented by Dunn-Edwards Paints and curated by Palm Springs Style. This self-guided bike tour begins at the Saguaro Palm Springs hotel, which features colorful hues by Dunn-Edwards Paints, and then continues through the Indian Canyons neighborhood where docents at each stop will share information about the homes’ architecture and front door colors. After completing the tour, participants are invited back to the Saguaro to enjoy a colorful cocktail or mocktail.
Palm Springs Door Tour featured home
With his keen expertise in retro pop culture, unbridled enthusiasm and eagle eye for oddball detail, Charles Phoenix shares the very best of his retro road-trip discoveries and colorful kaleidoscope of found vintage Kodachrome slides and swirls it up into a marvelous mashup of midcentury stories and glories of spectacular space-age style, amazing attractions, local landmarks, roadside wonders, festive foods, crazy car culture, futuristic transportation and more! A reception and book signing will follow the presentation in the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Meyerman Sculpture Garden, where Charles will sign copies of his new book, Addicted to Americana.
ARRIVE is turning two on Sunday, February 18! Spend the afternoon poolside with DJ Alex Harrington, live music by The Dreamboats (back in the U.S. for their second Modernism Week) and local pop-up shops.
Step back in time and span the decades through fashion. You will be transported through the eyes of Coco Chanel, Emilio Pucci, Christian Dior, Pierre Cardin and more as Mitchells Palm Springs collaborates with M Vintage to present a vintage fashion show at Temple Isaiah’s Grand Warsaw Ballroom.