Palm Springs Art Museum is proud to present a series of events to be held in conjunction with Modernism Week including a presentation by ELLE DECOR Magazine Editor in Chief and A-List Designer Madeline Stuart.
Modernism Week festivities at Palm Springs Art Museum kick off on Saturday, February 18 at 10 a.m. when ELLE DECOR presents, A-List designer Madeline Stuart: Restoring the Iconic Cedric Gibbons House. Guests are invited to join designer Madeline Stuart in a presentation of her work restoring the iconic Cedric Gibbons/Delores Del Rio house, a streamline modern masterpiece in Los Angeles that has been virtually untouched since it was built in 1930. Gibbons is credited with the set design on over 1,500 films (including the Wizard of Oz) and is responsible for designing the Oscar statuette–an award he won eleven times. The presentation will be held in the Lorraine Boccardo Archive Study Center at Palm Springs Art Museum A+D Center. Tickets are $50 and include a reception following the talk. Tickets are available exclusively online at
On Sunday, February 19, ELLE DECOR presents Midcentury for the 21st Century: Creating and Maintaining an Iconic Style. This intimate discussion will take a look at how iconic style is being preserved and re-created in order to stay relevant. Michael Boodro, ELLE DECOR’s Editor In Chief will guide the presentation, and feature panelists Leo Marmol (Managing Principal, Marmol Radziner) and Steven Price (Historian and author of the upcoming release Trousdale Estates: Midcentury to Modern in Beverly Hills.) The event begins at 5 p.m. at the Annenberg Theater. A VIP Reception and book signing follows in the A+D Center Plaza from 7 to 9 p.m. Generous support provided by Susan Goodman & Rodney Lubeznick, Roswitha Kima Smale, and in honor of Miko and Milka Bakish. Tickets are $27.50 per person for only the presentation or $50 per person including VIP reception. Tickets are available exclusively online at
Fine art documentary photographer Nancy Baron will share her spare, jewel-toned photographic impressions of her part-time residence from her second monograph, Palm Springs > The Good Life Goes On (Kehrer Verlag), on Tuesday, February 21 at 10 a.m. She documents, with a positive bias, her ongoing and endless discoveries of her second home and its community of midcentury modern enthusiasts. This large tight-knit group of self-proclaimed modernists is committed to the midcentury modern life style and the preservation of its architecture. Their homes, cars, and clothes pay homage to the carefree, post-World War II time in US history that glows warmly in their vintage rear view mirrors. Baron’s informal images casually document the carefree Palm Springs lifestyle as though captured in passing, in the seemingly effortless way that most things happen in Palm Springs.
Baron’s images of Palm Springs have been featured in The New York Times, Mother Jones, Architectural Digest Italy, Palm Springs Life, Palm Springs Style, Conde Nast Traveler, Fast Company and CNN, amongst others. A Q&A and book signing will follow the presentation. The presentation will be held in the Lorraine Boccardo Archive Study Center at the A+D Center. Tickets are $15, available exclusively online at
On Wednesday, February 22 at 10 a.m. Photographer Dan Chavkin presents Midcentury Parking Lots. Midcentury Parking Lots is a photographic book based on a selection of parking lots throughout Palm Springs whose common attribution is that each one belongs to an iconic midcentury modern building. Initially inspired by artist Edward Ruscha’s seminal 1967 book ‘Thirty-Four Parking Lots’ both in concept and typographic presentation, Chavkin thoughtfully captures the architectural qualities inherent in a commercial parking lots design. Without direct reference to the architecture itself, captions accompany each photograph stating both the buildings name and its address and are presented in a zine format- a noncommercial often homemade or online publication usually devoted to specialized and often unconventional subject matter. The presentation will be held in the Lorraine Boccardo Archive Study Center at the A+D Center, followed by a book signing. Tickets are $15 and are available exclusively online at
The museum’s own Brooke Hodge presents A MetaModern Mashup: Reconsidering Modernist Design on Thursday, February 23, at 10 a.m.. Hodge, Palm Springs Art Museum’s Director of Architecture and Design, will look at artists who are appropriating modernist design icons to create entirely new and evocative pieces, altering the meaning and our perception of the original. This lecture is presented in connection with MetaModern, on exhibition at Palm Springs Art Museum A+D Center through February 27, 2017. The presentation will be held in the Lorraine Boccardo Archive Study Center at the A+D Center. The cost is $15 per person and tickets are available exclusively online at
On Friday, February 24 Michael Stern – Julius Shulman Palm Springs Curator and Author – discusses how a series of meetings with architect E. Stewart Williams led to the exhibition and Rizzoli publication: Julius Shulman: Palm Springs.  Learn about the behind-the-scenes thought process that led to each entity, the extensive and colorful relationship between Stern and Shulman, and how this led to Stern’s forthcoming publication Hollywood Modern. The presentation will be held in the Lorraine Boccardo Archive Study Center at the A+D Center, followed by a book signing. Tickets are $15, available exclusively online at
Daniell Cornell, PhD, The Donna and Cargill MacMillan Jr., Director of Art at Palm Springs Art Museum, will give a preview presentation on Saturday, February 25, 10 a.m. of the Museum’s upcoming exhibition, “Living Architecture: Lina Bo Bardi and Albert Frey” opening September 2017 as part of the Getty-led initiative “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.” The Museum’s contribution is an unprecedented exploration of two visionary architects who critically expanded the meaning and practice of modern architecture. Bo Bardi (1914–1992) emigrated from Italy to Brazil in 1946 and Frey (1903–1998) from Switzerland to the United States in 1930. This discussion will be presented in the Annenberg Theater and tickets are $12 per person. Tickets are available exclusively online at
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