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Petra Cortright: sapphire cinnamon viper fairy

08dec10:00 am5:00 pmPetra Cortright: sapphire cinnamon viper fairy10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Petra Cortright

Event Details

The Palm Springs Art Museum presents Petra Cortright: sapphire cinnamon viper fairy through March 26, 2023 in the main museum.

Petra Cortright makes art in traditional genres, such as landscape and portraiture, using tools, sources, formats, and platforms native to the age of the internet and digital technology.

During the early 2000s, she captured the attention of the art world with a series of self-portrait videos that demonstrated unconventional uses of standard special effects. Petra also makes digital paintings printed on aluminum, linen, and paper. These paintings evoke the work of the Impressionists and other plein air painters, but she sources her imagery online, using the internet as a stand-in for nature.

These works, nonetheless, exert a powerful physical presence. As she puts it, “While the work originates from an endless digital realm, my decision to ‘save as’ finalizes the painting and gives it a unique place in the ‘real world’ forever. I have a deep love of physical things and physical spaces.”

Petra was born in 1986 in Santa Barbara, California, and lives and works in Los Angeles.

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).


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


Palm Springs Art Museum

101 N Museum Dr


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