Modernism Week announced that it has added two new programs to its Modernism Week – May event, which will take place in various locations May 12-15, 2022. The new programs are “Neutra’s Neighborhood: Tour Six Richard Neutra Works in Los Angeles” (May 15, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) and “Temple Isaiah – The Evolution of Classical to Extreme Modernism” (May 13 from 10 – 11:45 a.m.). These programs are in addition to the previously announced programs that include an exclusive tour of Modernism Week Showcase Home, Casa Tierra, a newly remodeled hillside estate in Palm Desert by designer Bobby Berk, historical walking tours in Palm Springs, craft cocktail mixology classes, an exciting dinner and live music experience, and a special “Top Ten” tour excursion highlighting Desert Modernist architecture in Palm Springs. Tickets for Modernism Week – May are on sale at modernismweek.com.
“We are so pleased to add these two programs to our May lineup,” said Lisa Vossler Smith, Modernism Week Executive Director. “In February we offered a Private Tour of the Home of Architect Richard Neutra in Los Angeles in association with our programming partner Neutra VDL Studio and Residences. That tour was so well-received that we are now offering a tour of Neutra’s Neighborhood, which includes the very rare opportunity of a special interior tour of Neutra’s Reunion House. Also, Modernism Week has enjoyed a long partnership with Temple Isaiah and we are pleased to offer a new tour of this stunning architectural masterpiece during our May programming.”
Neutra’s Neighborhood: Tour Six Richard Neutra Works in Los Angeles
May 15, $150
This guided walking tour will enable participants to explore architect Richard Neutra’s neighborhood in the Los Angeles area of Silver Lake. The tour consists of two interior home tours, Neutra VDL and Reunion House, and a neighborhood walking tour.
Guests will begin with a guided tour for the VDL Studio and Residences conducted by Noam Saragosti, the resident director of the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences. On the tour they will discover how Neutra created this indoor-outdoor, live-work environment within a small urban space. This modernist masterpiece was Richard Neutra’s family home and his work studio for nearly three decades. The walking tour will also feature five Neutra-designed works in the neighborhood. The tours will be guided by Dr. Barbara Lamprecht, an architectural historian and Neutra scholar. Guests will end their tour with a special interior tour of Neutra’s Reunion House (1949), just declared an L.A. historic monument in June 2021. The Reunion House is under the stewardship of the Neutra Institute for Survival Through Design. This property has rarely been shown and this will be the first public showing since its declaration as an historic monument in Los Angeles.
The Neutra VDL Studio and Residences is under the stewardship of the College of Environmental Design (ENV) and Department of Architecture (CPP ARC) at Cal Poly Pomona. It was named a National Historic Landmark in 2009.
Temple Isaiah – The Evolution of Classical to Extreme Modernism
May 13 from 10 – 11:45 a.m., $45
This guided tour of Temple Isaiah contrasts the E. Stewart Williams modernist-designed 1950s Al Liberman Chapel with the 1980s west-facing addition. The brutalist 1980s addition, dedicated to Abe Bochner and family, was originally conceived in 1971 by Donald Wexler and later in 1982 designed by David Christian to meet the growing needs of the congregation. The Temple’s sanctuary is a jewel box, featuring a colorful centerpiece ark by Israeli born sculptor and kinetic artist Yaacov Agam. The sanctuary has a magnificent panoramic window view of the San Jacinto Mountains. During the tour, Rabbi Rosenberg will speak briefly on the marriage of function and spirituality.
In addition, Modernism Week – May also offers these programs:
Modernism Week Showcase Home, Casa Tierra
May 12-15, $55
Discover a completely renovated and re-imagined private estate hidden in the hills of Palm Desert, designed by Bobby Berk, design expert and Emmy-nominated host of Netflix’s Queer Eye. This is the first time this expansive hillside Desert-themed retreat will be open to the public. Modernism Week sponsors Brizo, Dunn-Edwards Paints, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting, JennAir, Outer, and Willis generously contributed to this project.
Midcentury Top Ten Tour: Ten Architects Who Made Palm Springs Modern
May 12 and 14, $130
Join architectural tour guide Trevor O’Donnell for an in-depth 2.5 hour exploration of the works of the ten most notable Desert Modernist architects in Palm Springs. This fascinating small-group mini-coach tour highlights representative works by the journeymen designers whose work in the city’s midcentury heyday left a legacy that’s now famous worldwide. See the best of the best!
Midcentury Mixology Cocktail Clinic at Mr. Lyons
May 12-15, $75
Two classes: 12-2 p.m. and 3-5 p.m.
Learn how to make iconic, classic cocktails of the midcentury era at home in this hands-on mixology class at the historic Mr. Lyons restaurant. Participants will explore the process of making high quality hand-crafted cocktails as they follow along with the experts and make their own for samplings (class includes 3 drinks). Legendary mixologist Steen Bojsen-Moller will teach this fun, hands-on mixology session. This is a spirited, unique, interactive adults-only event not to be missed.
The Beat (dinner and show)
May 13 and 14, $165
PS UNDERGROUND is back with a new edition of their popular dinner theater extravaganza. Chef Dave Horgen will prepare a four-course meal with free-flowing cocktails, beer, and wine to accompany a spectacular live music show called The Beat.
Palm Springs Historical Society Walking Tours
May 12-15, $40
Experience the best of Palm Springs on several exciting walking tours offered by the Palm Springs Historical Society. Featured tours include Heart of the City, Golden Era Hollywood Homes, Frank Sinatra’s Neighborhood, Twin Palms Estates Exteriors Walking Tour, Hidden Paradise – Show Biz Legends’ Hideaways, and Modernist Treasures – Lush Living on the Links.
Modernism Week top sponsors include Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, Brizo, Dunn-Edwards Paints, JennAir, Mirai, Willis, Flor, Hunter Douglas, and Hyatt Palm Springs. The City of Palm Springs is the Civic Presenting Sponsor, with additional support provided by the cities of Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta and Palm Desert. To receive Modernism Week updates, visit modernismweek.com and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.