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Kali, Artographer, 1932-2019

19nov10:00 am5:00 pmKali, Artographer, 1932-201910:00 am - 5:00 pm

Kali, Artographer

Event Details

The Palm Springs Art Museum presents Kali, Artographer, 1932-2019, in the main museum November 19, 2023 - April 8, 2024.

In 1962, Long Island housewife Joan Archibald upended her life by fleeing to the warm and creative climes of Southern California where she reinvented herself as a photographer and took the name “Kali” after a Hindu goddess.

Kali soon moved to Palm Springs and spent the following decades experimenting with photography—while becoming increasingly withdrawn and eccentric. It was only in 2019 when Susan Archibald discovered an astonishing trove of images hidden in her late mother's home that Kali became recognized as a significant innovator in alternative photography. 

Kali developed approaches that used the classic tools of analog photography, but she manipulated her images in strikingly original ways suggestive of the psychedelic aesthetics of the time. Shooting on black-and-white film, she placed the prints in her swimming pool, physically agitating them as she applied dyes, paints, spray developer, and even organic material. After achieving the final mix of colors and textures, she left the prints to dry in the sun—creating truly one-of-a-kind images.

This exhibition, previously titled LA Woman: Kali, Artographer, was organized by the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH. The exhibition was curated by Nannette Maciejeunes and Len Prince. Museum Tour Management by the Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA.

The museum is open 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday, Friday and Saturday. On Thursday the museum is open from noon to 8 pm. (Free admission on Thursdays from 5:00-8:00 pm - funded by the City of Palm Springs).


(Sunday) 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Palm Springs Art Museum

101 N Museum Dr


$16 adults / $14 Seniors (62+) / $8 Students and Teachers