Thursday, February 17, 2011

Palm Springs Modernism Week Part 1

Today marks the start of Modernism Week  a highly anticipated one of a kind event held in Palm Springs California. If you are a lover of anything modern this is your chance to spend some quality time with fellow enthusiasts and oooh and ahhh over all things mod.
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Here is a brief explanation of what Modernism week is and what to expect via

What is Modernism Week? 
Modernism Week, the only such event in the country, is an exciting 9-day celebration of mid-century modern design, architecture and culture. This design aesthetic, originated in the 1950s and 60s, was typified by clean, simple lines and celebrated elegant informality which came to define desert modernism.

MODERNISM WEEK has expanded into a 10 day period filled with a variety of events including architecture tours, films, lectures, an architecture symposium, educational events as well as chic and fun parties in cool mid-century modern homes. We will be celebrating our 6th Annual Palm Springs Modernism Week, February 17-27, 2011. We hope you will join us!

 Thursday February 17th

Illuminated Modern Official Opening Ceremony
Please join us for Modernism Week's opening event! The lighting of significant mid century modern building facades along Palm Canyon Drive. Designated modern buildings will be illuminated for the duration of Modernism Week proudly showing off our history and unique architecture. Reception, including a proclamation from the City of Palm Springs, and an official welcome from the Modernism Week Board of Directors.

No host bar and delicious appetizers provided by Trio Restaurant.

Cost: Limited availability: please RSVP to
When: 5:30 - 7 pm
 Trio Restaurant, 707 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Palm Springs Modern 2011 
We are pleased to announce our special Modernism Week exhibit, “Palm Springs Modern 2011". Twenty-nine photographs have been made based on the listings in the Palm Springs Modern Committee’s A Map of Modern Palm Springs. Included in the collection is the iconic Kaufmann House designed by Richard Neutra. Among others, works by Albert Frey, E. Stewart Williams, William F. Cody, and Donald Wexler are featured. The purpose of this exhibit is to demonstrate that many of these important works still exist and can be seen and appreciated from public streets. Roger C. Palmer, volunteer Registrar and member of the Palm Springs Historical Society Board of Directors, made the color photos in December 2010 and January 2011.

Cost: $1 (Children under 12 Free)
When: February 17 to 27 Wed - Sat 10 am - 4 pm; Sun 12 pm - 3 pm
Where: McCallum Adobe Museum, 221 S. Palm Canyon Drive.

Friday  February 18th 

City of Rancho Mirage Historic Commission presents legendary architect William Krisel
Renowned Modernist Architect William Krisel will share his influential mid-century modern designs that helped shaped architecture in Southern California.

Cost: Event is free
 lecture 4 - 5 pm
Where: Rancho Mirage Library,, 71-100 Hwy. 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Photograph by James Schnepf

11th Annual Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale Preview Reception and Silent Auction
Join other modernism aficionados and style arbiters for this ultra chic 
reception which will give you a sneak peek at the fabulous finds that will 
be for sale at the three-day Modernism Show. Here ís your chance to snag the best of the best before the show opens. 
Preview proceeds benefit Modernism Week.

The 6th Annual Modernism Week will feature a Silent Auction during the Modernism Show Preview Reception on Friday, February 18 and into Saturday. At 2 PM on Saturday, February 19, the auction will close and the winners will be announced. Don't miss your chance to bid on a variety of fabulous items including vacations, jewelry, art, dining and much more!

Preview ticket includes free admission thru the weekend and people can check on the latest bidding on Saturday morning.

Cost: $75 in advance, $85 at the door 
6 pm - 9 pm
 Palm Springs Convention Center
, 277 N. Avenida Caballeros,
Palm Springs, CA 92262

M Modern Gallery Reception
Opening Receptions of three solo exhibitions featuring “Still Life (with Cocktails)” – new works by SHAG (aka Josh Agle), “Double Diamond” – original works by Dabs & Myla and a Netherland (aka David Van Alphen) show. All three exhibitions will be themed around Modernism.

Cost: Free
When: 8 - 11 pm
 M Modern Gallery, 2500 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, 92262

Amazing Single Story Urban Architecture designed by the 
brothers E. Stewart Williams and Roger Williams in 1956. Now housing 
an expansive collection of art from young, cutting edge Expressionists. Over 6000 square feet of architectural purism combined with explosive,powerful artistic statements from some of the newest brightest stars on the American Art Scene. Come explore, drink, meet and celebrate with the Artists!

Cost: Priceless
When: Gallery open all day with reception 9 pm to midnight
 1345 N. Palm Canyon Dr (just north of Denny's) Palm Springs

Part two of Modernism Week is coming tomorrow so come back to find out more on  whats happening next. 

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