Modernism Week’s signature February festival will take place February 17 – 27, 2022, highlighting midcentury modern architecture, art, interior and landscape design, and vintage culture in the Palm Springs area of Southern California. The popular annual 11-day festival will feature hundreds of events including the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale, tours of iconic homes in more than 25 neighborhoods, walking tours, and nightly parties. Also offered are architectural double-decker bus tours, tours of the historic Annenberg Estate at Sunnylands, a classic car show, landscape talks and garden tours, fashion-related events, walking and biking tours, and a series of compelling and informative talks with world-class speakers, including the Keynote Presentation by Jeanne Gang, FAIA. All events are open to the public and tickets go on sale November 1, 2021 at 12 p.m. PST at modernismweek.com. The event schedule may be previewed on the website in advance starting October 25. A portion of ticket proceeds benefit Modernism Week (a non-profit organization) and other local preservation, neighborhood, and community groups. As additional events are finalized, they will be added to the website on the first of each month. Some events sell out quickly due to limited capacity.
“We are thrilled to be able to present Modernism Week in February with all of the fanfare and celebration typically associated with our events,” said Lisa Vossler Smith, Modernism Week Executive Director. “We have exciting new tours and events planned and of course we will be bringing back traditional favorites. We invite the public to join us for eleven amazing days of festivities.”
WHAT’S NEW IN 2022
Keynote Presentation: Jeanne Gang, FAIA, ‘Making Architecture’ (2/19, $45/$65)
Modernism Week’s 2022 keynote speaker will be Jeanne Gang, FAIA, the founding principal of Studio Gang, an international architecture and urban design practice based in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Paris. Founded in 1997, Gang’s firm has matured into a global powerhouse, with projects around the world including Chicago’s Aqua Tower, which earned Gang worldwide recognition. Her 101-story St. Regis tower in Chicago (2021) is the world’s tallest building designed by a woman. A book signing follows the presentation and an elegant reception with limited ticket availability will follow the signing in the sculpture garden of the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Golf Par-Tee and Tournament at Seven Lakes Golf & Country Club
(2/26-27, $320 which includes a special Pairings Pre-party, and After Party.)
For the first time, Modernism Week will feature a Golf Tournament during the second weekend of the festival. This fun-spirited 18-hole afternoon scramble will be held at Seven Lakes Golf and Country Club where participants will enjoy playing an executive course lined with architecturally significant homes designed by Richard Harrison set against the stunning backdrop of Mt. San Jacinto. After playing, players and guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a hosted martini bar at the chic William Cody-designed clubhouse. A special Pairings Pre-party will be held the afternoon prior to the Tournament on Saturday, February 26 from 3-5 p.m. at Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort in the Hugh Kaptur-designed clubhouse. Guest tickets may be purchased for the Pairings Pre-Party at $65 each or the Post-play Awards Party for $55.
Modernism Week Showcase Home Tour: Casa Tierra
(2/18,19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27; 12-4 p.m. $65)
Bobby Berk, interior designer, reality television personality, and author will open his latest project, an idyllic desert modern escape, for the first-time during Modernism Week. This hidden gem of an estate in Palm Desert offers the perfect oasis to get away from it all, and yet is just minutes away from Palm Springs. With more than 5,000 square feet of living space, this unique Spanish-style property has been transformed into a world-class destination, with modern touches and an emphasis of Bobby Berk’s unique design style throughout. The design scheme reflects the colors and textures of the desert landscape, and seamlessly integrates with the outdoors and breathtaking hillside setting. Home Tour guests will be shuttled to the property from a nearby location due to private roads.
CAMP at the Hyatt Hotel in Downtown Palm Springs
Modernism Week’s CAMP (“Community And Meeting Place”) will provide a central activity hub that is free and open to the public during Modernism Week from February 18 – 27 at the Hyatt Hotel on Palm Canyon in downtown Palm Springs. This new location for CAMP will include an information desk, box office, the Modernism Week merchandise store by Destination PSP, a theater, and activations by Modernism Week sponsors Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, Brizo, Dunn-Edwards Paints, JennAir and Willis. CAMP will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with free entry. Free parking is available in the nearby underground parking structure.
Celebrate Black History Month with “Stories Untold: Black Modernists in Southern California” (2/21, $15)
Black designers, builders and developers helped shape Palm Springs and Southern California for more than a century. This year, Modernism Week will honor these trailblazers during a three-part symposium on their legacy. In Part One, “Black History of Palm Springs,” panel participants Tyrone Beason (reporter for the Los Angeles Times), and Jarvis Crawford and Dieter Crawford (leaders of Palm Springs Black History Committee) will share stories about historic Palm Springs landmarks. In Part Two, “Circle of Paul R. Williams,” Gail Kennard (daughter of Robert Kennard) will discuss the role Paul R. Williams played in inspiring other Black designers (including Kennard, James Garrott, Ralph Vaughn, and Arthur Silvers) to launch careers in Los Angeles. In Part Three, “Destination Crenshaw,” Drake Dillard of Perkins & Will will present a proposed 1.3-mile open air art gallery and park that will run alongside the light rail line in Los Angeles’ Crenshaw District. Generous support for this event has been provided by Room & Board.
SIGNATURE HOME TOUR (2/20 and 2/27, $135)
Palm Springs has always been a haven for architects and residents who have been attracted to the unique qualities of the desert landscape and lifestyle. This self-driven home tour is held on two Sundays and offered in morning or afternoon segments. It will take visitors inside a myriad of iconic architectural homes by some of the area’s most noted architects. The tour will explore different neighborhoods and will feature a variety of architectural styles, which includes midcentury modern, desert contemporary, and “New-Century” modern. A keepsake tour program and map will be included.
MAD Architects in the U.S. (2/20, $15)
Founded in Beijing by Ma Yansong in 2004, MAD Architects is a global firm exploring a type of ‘dream architecture’ that opens up a dialogue with nature. It is committed to creating a vision for our future cities that is based on the spiritual and emotional needs of its inhabitants. Their new work in the U.S. is unlike any other – they want to be not only an architecture firm but a driver for human wellbeing and reconnection to nature.
MAD Architects: Global Works (2/21, $15)
Dixon Lu, Head of Operations for MAD’s Beijing office and overseeing MAD’s Los Angeles office and overall strategy in North and South America will discuss the wide range of extraordinary projects MAD has designed across the world and demonstrate how their philosophy of “Shansui City” drives MAD’s approach in architecture.
Vera – The Art and Life of an Icon, with Susan Seid and Trina Turk (2/24, $18)
Vera Neumann, the innovator of cross-licensing, was the most successful female entrepreneur of her time and created the first true lifestyle brand. Susan Seid has been involved with the Vera brand since 2003. Seid will discuss Vera’s impact on the design world and follow the presentation with a lively conversation with fashion designer Trina Turk. An elegant sunset cocktail reception for a limited number of guests at Trina Turk’s historic Palm Springs home will be held that same evening. The reception requires a separately purchased ticket.
As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling (2/22, $20)
Rod Serling is best known for “The Twilight Zone,” but the life-lessons he taught his daughters are no less profound. Anne Serling provides new context for her father’s work, enabling attendees to view it with fresh eyes.
A Very Cool Shag Experience with Josh Agle (2/20, $18)
For the first time during Modernism Week there is a rare opportunity to get to know artist Josh Agle (Shag) better and hear how he developed his inimitable style recognized worldwide. A gift will be provided for all in attendance.
Mojave Modern, Sonoran Style with Alan Hess (2/26, $25)
Architect and historian Alan Hess will tell the story of Mojave and Sonoran desert architecture and how America’s desert southwest has contributed to modern architectural trends and major innovations.
Fabulous Florida in the 50s (2/19, $45 and $65)
Midcentury style/design expert Charles Phoenix will celebrate Florida in the 1950s and 60s in this engaging and entertaining talk.
What Modernism Week experience would be complete without ending the day with a spectacular cocktail party at an architecturally significant location? This year, Modernism Week will offer several very enticing receptions.
Don’t miss the Modernism Week Opening Night Party – Love, Modernism Style (2/17, $250). This is the return of the most epic party of the year! Guests will enjoy dancing and partying throughout the night at the Indian Canyons Golf Resort clubhouse, one of the most iconic midcentury modern clubhouses in Palm Springs designed in 1961 by Donald Wexler and Richard Harrison. Tickets include a full night of entertainment by Casino Royale and DJ Mod Girl and elegantly presented hors d’oeuvres and full-service dinner stations by Lulu California Bistro, hosted bars and signature cocktails, and other surprises. Generous support for the evening is provided by Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.
Modernism Week will host the festive Preview Party for the Modernism Show & Sale (2/18, $110/$125) at the Modernism Show & Sale at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The party is the prime opportunity for participants to shop direct from dealers before the show opens to the public on Saturday. Ticket price includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and daily re-entry to the show. The popular Show & Sale, which offers important 20th and 21st century objects, furniture, art and textiles from more than 90 premier national and international decorative and fine arts dealers, and the related Modern Design Expo, which will feature 45+ exhibitors showcasing cutting edge modern home design and items inspired by midcentury modern design, runs Saturday through Monday. Hours for both shows are Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $30 and allows entry to both shows and return entry all weekend.
Two parties will take place at the Twin Palms Estate, the famous former residence of Frank Sinatra in the heart of Palm Springs. Guests may participate in Saturday Night at the Sinatra Estate (2/19, $175) and enjoy an elegant cocktail party at the beautiful estate designed in 1947 by Desert Modernist architect E. Stewart Williams. The estate will also be the setting for a special engagement called A Party at Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms Estate Celebrating Gene Kelly Through Dance (2/26, $200). This special twilight reception produced in partnership with Nickerson-Rossi Dance and Palm Springs International Dance Festival will pay tribute to the dance legacy of the legendary Gene Kelly, a dear friend of Frank Sinatra. The event will feature special guest Mrs. Gene Kelly.
Several other significant parties will be offered as well, including:
Retro Martini Party (2/25, $250): This annual fundraiser for the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation will take place at the stunning Ware Estate designed by modernist architect Don Boss. The 8,060 square-foot estate is sited on a prominent one-and-a-half-acre lot in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood in Palm Springs and features spectacular mountain views and seven infinity-edge pools around the expansive property.
The Jet Set – Palm Springs Modern Committee Gala Benefit (2/19, $175) will allow attendees to experience the golden age of Jet Setter glamour at the Abernathy Residence, William Cody’s masterpiece Class 1 historic site designed in 1962 for millionaire socialite James Logan Abernathy. This beautiful modernist estate features a soaring pavilion-style home that takes full advantage of the outdoors and the beautiful desert evenings.
FIRST-TIME MODERNISM WEEK TOURS
· The Mystique of Shadow Mountain: A Palm Desert Walking Tour, (2/24 and 25; $55): Experience the golden age of midcentury architecture on a docent-led walk of Palm Desert’s Shadow Mountain area featuring homes by Frey, Krisel, and White, ending with refreshments at Shadow Mountain Resort.
· Calypso Palms (2/25, $45): This classic 1960s midcentury boutique community is being offered as a Modernism Week tour for the very first time.
· Where Rancho Mirage Began: A Self-Guided Tour of Eclectic Midcentury Homes in Magnesia Falls Cove (2/19, $75): This self-guided driving tour features an intriguing array of homes from the 1940s-1960s in the city’s original locale, Magnesia Falls Cove.
· Behind Those Gateways and Getaways: Hidden Gems of Indian Wells (2/18, $250): This one-of-a-kind tour provides special access to six private country clubs in Indian Wells highlighting distinguished architectural clubhouses and picturesque residential properties.
· Crank-Garland House, an Indian Wells Landmark Designed by William F. Cody (2/23, $80): Known as “The Lost Cody” this home was originally designed for Filmore Crank and actress Beverly Garland by William F. Cody in the early 1960s and has been fully restored.
Modernism Week aficionados will be pleased to see that “audience favorite” events will return this year. These include the Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours (including a Twilight Architectural Bus Tour and special tours led by Charles Phoenix), the Modernism Show & Sale on the first weekend, the Vintage Travel Trailer Show on the second weekend, tours of Sunnylands, tours of Frey House II, tours of iconic homes in the Coachella Valley (including residences formerly owned by Frank Sinatra, William Holden, Kirk Douglas, and Magda Gabor), Modern Garden Tour, Palm Springs Historical Society Walking Tours, neighborhood tours, tours of the exclusive Lautner Compound, nightly entertainment by PS Underground, fashion-related events including a Studio 54 Fashion Show, and tours of the historic Temple Isaiah.
Modernism Week top sponsors include Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, Brizo, Dunn-Edwards Paints, JennAir, Mirai, Willis, Flor, and Hyatt Palm Springs. The City of Palm Springs is the Civic Presenting Sponsor. Many Modernism Week programs qualify for AIA Continuing Education credits.
The Hyatt Palm Springs, Modernism Week’s official host hotel for lodging and CAP, is offering a special room rates starting at $249+ for a limited time only. Use Hyatt group code: G-10MO at hyatt.com
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