Modernism Week’s signature February festival will take place February 16 – 26, 2023, highlighting midcentury modern architecture, art, interior and landscape design, and vintage culture in the Palm Springs area of Southern California. On December 1, Modernism Week will add more than 40 new events to the 11-day festival schedule that will now feature nearly 350 total events. Tickets for Modernism Week events have been selling quickly since they became available on November 1. Tickets for all Modernism Week events are available at modernismweek.com.
“We are excited to add these new events that provide even more opportunities for participants to enjoy quality Modernism Week programming,” said Lisa Vossler Smith, Modernism Week C.E.O. “We continue to develop innovative programs and first-time tours for the public to enjoy.”
New events that will be added to the Modernism Week 2023 schedule include:
Villa Alejo, a Striking Condominium Complex Behind the Impressive Pipe Brise Soleil Screen
New to Modernism Week, the Villa Alejo condominium complex’s sleek midcentury profile anchors Alejo Road’s intersection with downtown Palm Springs. Participants will see what’s behind the concrete brise soleil as they visit nine units on this tour.
Alger Shelden House Tour
Participants on this tour will explore the oldest existing home in the prestigious Deepwell neighborhood, designed by John Porter Clark and Albert Frey in 1935. This spectacular home perfectly blends the old and new by contrasting traditional adobe block with classic midcentury ranch style. This home is rarely open for tours.
El Rancho Vista Estates Home Tour
This time-capsule neighborhood, built between 1960-1964, was designed by Wexler and Harrison to be a community of simple modernist bungalows and low-slung ranch homes that were affordable to middle class families looking for a vacation getaway. The community is remarkably intact with most homes restored to their original footprint and floor plans. Some even feature the sunken Roman tub which was sold as an upgrade. This easily walkable one-hour tour has a relaxed ambiance and community feel.
Midcentury Top Ten Tour: Ten Architects Who Made Palm Springs Modern, 2/16, 2/20, 2/21, 2/24, 2/25, $130
Join architectural guide Trevor O’Donnell for an in-depth exploration of the works of ten talented modernists whose careers in the city’s midcentury heyday left a legacy that’s now famous worldwide. Top-rated architectural tour guide Trevor O’Donnell will provide an engaging tour with fellow modernism fans in a small, enclosed motor coach (22-seats) to visit representative works of ten brilliant local architects: Albert Frey, William F. Cody, Donald Wexler, E. Stewart Williams, William Krisel, Richard Harrison, John Porter Clark, Robson Chambers, Hugh Kaptur and Walter S. White. This fun and fascinating traveling group discussion demonstrates how these reknown architects relate to one another and asks where they fit in the sweep of modern architectural history.
‘Lizzy and The Triggermen’ at the Annenberg – Presented by Modernism Week and Jazzville, 2/25, $85, $60, $45
Dubbed “10-piece jazz sensations” (LA Weekly) and “one of the hottest swing bands in LA” (Good Day LA), Lizzy and the Triggermen have been making waves since they burst onto the SoCal scene. True to their speakeasy vibe, the band first began performing in a legendary, secret club in LA. Word-of-mouth about their incredible live shows quickly spread, and soon they were headlining some of the top venues in town, including the Wiltern, the El Rey, and the Troubadour. With wailing horns, killer vocals, and lethal rhythm section, the band channels the electrifying swagger of the big band sound and makes it feel new and modern through a mixture of originals and re-imagined vintage gems. Showgirls and dancers add an entertaining element of vintage nightclub glamour.
2023 Modernism Week Vintage Trailer Show, 2/25 and 2/26, $25
The Modernism Week Vintage Trailer Show is one of the most celebrated and popular events of the festival’s second weekend. This year’s show will feature a thoughtfully curated collection of vintage trailers, campers, buses, and motor homes. Year after year the vintage trailer show continues to surprise and delight attendees with some of the most stunning, unique, and rare vintage trailers from all over the US.
CAMP Opening Day Ribbon Cutting and Celebration, 2/16, FREE
Modernism Week will offer a FREE Grand Opening Celebration at CAMP in the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Palm Springs. The Opening Day festivities will begin with live music, refreshments, and entertainment at 9 a.m. and the Modernism Week Board of Directors and City of Palm Springs officials will conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony and special dedication at 10 a.m. After the day kicks off with exciting celebratory fanfare, the party continues all day long with special prizes and Modernism Week ticket giveaways, food and drink specials, and musical performances curated by Jazzville. Modernism Week’s CAMP headquarters will provide a daily central hub of activity that is free and open to the public every day during Modernism Week from February 16 to 26, 2023. CAMP will include daily live and DJ entertainment, talks and films in the theater, an information desk, the Modernism Week store by Destination PSP, morning Koffi beverages, all day food, drinks and specialty cocktails by Cheeky’s, book signings, and free daily Professional Color Consultations by Dunn-Edwards. There will be fun photography settings and special guest appearances through the week. Modernism Week sponsors will have engaging displays including Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, Brizo, Dunn-Edwards Paints, JennAir, Toyota and more. CAMP will be open daily during Modernism Week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free entry.
Nancy Sinatra – Sound & Vision, 2/23, $35, $135 (Presentation with a signed Boots vinyl autographed by Nancy Sinatra)
Everyone knows something about Nancy’s life as the daughter of Frank Sinatra. This is a rare, unique opportunity to learn more about the personal and the artistic sides of Nancy Sinatra. Hunter Lea, GRAMMY nominated record producer and co-producer of Light in the Attic’s Nancy Sinatra Series, will feature Nancy Sinatra’s music, videos, and photos from Nancy’s personal archives, many never seen before in the public realm. Following will be a roundtable discussion of Nancy Sinatra’s impact as a musician, fashion icon, and music industry trailblazer with Kii Arens, visual artist, latest featured artist in Nancy Sinatra’s limited edition lithograph series; David Wills, author of Nancy Sinatra: One for Your Dreams, slated for release 2023; Alison Martino, journalist and creator of Vintage Los Angeles; Kathy Valentine of the Go-Go’s, and Hunter Lea.
A Decade Curating Our First Modernist Neighborhood: The Twin Palms Neighborhood Organization at 10, 2/19, $15
The Twin Palms Neighborhood Organization curated the region’s first Modernist neighborhood and is now celebrating its 10th anniversary with a program that will showcase the neighborhood’s history and culture with a diverse roster of presentations. Session host and Organization Chair Carol Munro will reveal the major achievements of the organization and its impact on the community. Emmy-award winning filmmaker Jake Gorst will discuss the innovations architect William Krisel brought to Twin Palms and how his influence continues today. Architectural historian Katie Horak will peel back layers of paint to reveal the story behind the original color palette of the Ocotillo Lodge, the Krisel–designed complex that was the neighborhood’s first structure and model for the 90-home enclave behind it. Local author Eric Chiel will count down 10 little-known historical, architectural, and cultural discoveries about the neighborhood.
House of Grace: Midnight at the Yoasis, 2/19, $150
Join an evening of fun at Grace Home Furnishings’ latest desert project “Yoasis” (named after the home’s location of Yosemite Drive and Oasis). Meet designer Michael Ostrow and pose for photos amidst the colorful interiors and with special exotic guests. Wine, cocktails, and light bites will be served throughout the evening. Generous support for this event is provided by Dunn-Edwards Paints.
Phat Cat Swinger Retro Prom Night, 2/19, $120
Dust off your tux and poodle skirt and get ready to drink, dine and dance the night away with Hollywood’s hottest little big band, Phat Cat Swinger, at the iconic Albert Frey-designed American Legion Post 519.
Unveiling of the newly Renovated Marrakesh Country Club + Optional Home tour, 2/20, $150 – $225
PS ModCom presents an evening at Marrakesh Country Club, a classic midcentury modern Palm Desert oasis complete with Moroccan influence and Hollywood regency style. This event will be the first public unveiling of architect Richard A. Harrison’s newly renovated club house; a pink palace rising 26 feet high, offering magnificent views of its stunning manicured grounds. Participants will have the option to tour three homes on the property, accessible by a continuous circle of golf carts that will drop off and pick up guests at each residence and return them to the Club House.