Modernism Week 2015 kicks off in mere days, and there are more things to do during this eleven-day stretch then even the most energetic Palm Springs Valley resident or visitor could ever fit into such a short period. But that won’t stop some of the 50,000+ visitors for this amazing event from trying, filling their days from sunrise to the wee hours of the morning with lectures and films, music, walking and bike tours, double-decker bus tours, and all kinds of parties, parties, and more parties.
Kicking off on President’s Weekend, Modernism Week’s Modernism Show is joined by the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, both held at the Palm Springs Convention Center from February 12 – 15. The Fine Art Fair is the premier art festival in the Southwest, and features more than 60 galleries specializing in post-war and contemporary art. Last year almost 15,000 collectors and admirers attended, and this year’s crowd should easily break that record as more and more visitors flock to our beautiful desert resorts during the peak of the season. www.palmspringsfineartfair.com
For the first time, Modernism Week will be based in the center of Palm Springs—on North Palm Canyon Drive near Alejo—with an innovative pop-up village called “CAMP” (Community and Meeting Place). As the starting point for many of the tours and events, it will give participants the chance to meet up with friends, indulge in a light meal or a cup of coffee, and have a place to relax in between all their activities. In addition, the opening night party on Thursday the 12th will take place at CAMP, with a retro feel celebrating the 10th anniversary of Modernism Week and 60+ years of midcentury modern architecture.
And let’s not forget all the wonderful home and garden tours available in 2015! In addition to tours in Palm Springs (including the neighborhoods of Indian Canyons, Little Beverly Hills, Tahquitz River Estates, and Canyon View Estates), there are plenty of activities and tours “down valley.” In my hometown of Rancho Mirage, various programs will take place at the Sunnylands Visitors Center and Gardens, as well as tours of the spectacular Annenberg estate at Sunnylands. Also in Rancho Mirage is a tour of Tamarisk Rancho, the 1958 William Krisel-designed complex with sixteen individual and unique houses surrounding the luxuriously date palm-landscaped common grounds (where both Groucho Marx and Frank Sinatra owned homes).
The very-easy-to-navigate Modernism Week website gives you all the info and availability you’ll need to make the most of this truly spectacular annual affair. But don’t delay, as many events sell out. And there are few things worse than a grumpy desert modernist!