For more than 15 years, what has become known as Modernism Week has grown annually by leaps and bounds, now bringing more than 75,000 people to our beautiful desert to revel in all things “modern.” Begun as a call to arms to preserve midcentury modern architecture—loosely defined as structures designed and built from the forties into the seventies—the event now celebrates the midcentury modern esthetic that embraces architecture and design, as well as music, fashion, and “lifestyle!”
From February 16 – 26, visitors to our wonderful Rancho Mirage resorts, as well as city residents, will be treated to an amazing array of events that will keep us busy from sunup to sundown! Opening night kicks off at The Bank in Palm Springs (a lovely restored 1955 former bank designed by E. Stewart Williams now used for special events) with a secret agent “Diamonds are Forever” theme. The next night, the Modernism Show & Sale opens its three-day run at the Palm Springs Convention Center with a VIP soirée, and every night until closing, Modernism Week offers parties, parties, and more parties!
Daytime is filled with all manner of affairs. Home base for Modernism Week—CAMP (Community and Meeting Place) located next door to the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Architecture + Design Center on Palm Canyon Drive—is a great place to start. Double-decker bus architectural tours (one of the most popular draws to Modernism Week) pick up and drop off at CAMP, where you’ll also find a place to attend talks and presentations in the 150-seat theater, purchase souvenirs, books, and modern design gifts in the Modernism Week Shop, relax with coffee, a light meal, or a cocktail from the full bar, or watch cooking demonstrations and food lectures in the Ferguson Kitchen by outstanding tastemakers, including Rancho Mirage’s own Chef Drew Davis of Catalan.
But CAMP is only the beginning! Home tours, garden tours, walking tours, neighborhood tours, night tours, bike tours, book signings, art exhibitions, musical entertainment, and even a vintage car show and a vintage trailer show will entertain, educate, and enrich you as you take in all the modernism world you desire! Of special note this year are tours throughout the Palm Springs Valley and the region (including the opportunity to visit some beautiful homes designed by William Cody in Rancho Mirage), tours to the High Desert, and—back by popular demand—the Pinball Party in Banning, where guests are treated to play on over 700 vintage pinball machines!
Sad to say, some of the more popular events may already be sold out, but there are always plenty of others—including many free events—to indulge your midcentury modern senses. Go to the easy-to-navigate website for all the details! See you on the double-decker! www.modernismweek.com