Modernism Week Fall Preview

The Palm Springs Valley will once again be the place to be on Columbus Day weekend 2015 (October 9 – 12), when thousands of happy “modernistas” from coast to coast and around the globe come to celebrate midcentury modern architecture, design, music, and art at Modernism Week’s Fall Preview. Giving attendees a glimpse of what can be expected during Modernism Week’s eleven-day signature collection of events (February 11 – 21, 2016), this three-day teaser has become an annual pilgrimage for those who just can’t get enough of all things modern.

There are more things to do than any mere mortal could ever manage. But plenty sure try! You’ll find a wide selection of home tours, garden tours, double-decker bus tours, bike tours, walking tours, tours of the spectacular Sunnylands (the former estate of Walter and Leonore Annenberg in Rancho Mirage), a modernism yard sale, and of course, parties, parties, parties. On Friday the 9th, guests can choose to attend the Opening Night Party at the Modernism Show and Sale at the Palm Springs Air Museum—where the exhibit will run both Saturday and Sunday. “Meet the Architecture and Design Museum” will take place on Saturday the 10th with a Rat Pack theme and special access to the Palm Springs Art Museum’s design branch’s new show,
“Seeing the Light: Illuminating Objects.” The party I’m most looking forward to will be held right down the street from my abode in Rancho Mirage—a sunset reception on Sunday the 11th at The Swan House in the exclusive Thunderbird Heights neighborhood. This 1958 home has been totally renovated and reimagined by H3K Design. I predict this will be the most talked-about event of the Modernism Week Preview weekend!

A few other events I find interesting will take place at the Lautner Hotel in Desert Hot Spring. They include “The Midcentury Art of Danny Heller,” showing his beautiful photorealistic artwork of notable midcentury homes, and “Martini Madness,” with Kurt Cyr, who will discuss the art and history of the martini. The Lautner is a very special property that is rarely seen by the public.

A not so gentle reminder: Although I don’t want to scare people off, I like to emphasize that tickets to many of the tours and parties sell out very quickly. Don’t be disappointed; don’t delay. Book it!

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