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Beyond “Poolside Gossip” An onstage conversation between Nelda Linsk and Gary Johns and the film Slim Aarons, The High Life

February 23, 2017 | 4:15 pm - 8:30 pm |

$45 - $150

The iconic image of Slim Aaron’s “Poolside Gossip” photograph comes to life once again with an onstage conversation between Nelda Linsk and Gary Johns, followed by the North American Premier of the film Slim Aarons, The High Life.

Nelda Linsk was a longtime friend of Silm Aarons and owner of the Richard Neutra designed Kaufmann House. Nelda hosted the impromptu party where along with friends, Helen Dzo Dzo (Kaptur) and Lita Baron she would become immortalized in the world recognized photo. Following a memorable event at Modernism Week 2015, Gary Johns will again moderate a discussion, highlighting Nelda’s longtime friendship with Slim and the day that Poolside Gossip was photographed at the Kaufmann House.

A screening of the newly released film, Slim Aarons, The High Life, will follow. Wrap up an afternoon of Slim Aarons with a cocktail reception that follows at a glamorous 1957 post and beam estate, the former home of socialite philanthropist Jeanette Edris Rockefeller, with recently updated interiors by Grace Home Furnishings. Catering by Jake’s.


An M2M Original Film, produced in partnership with Getty Images.

Slim Aarons, The High Life is a new documentary about the life and work of famed photographer, Slim Aarons. Aarons, one of fashion’s most beloved photographers, was known for “photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.” He was a personal friend of Nelda Linsk, owner of the Kaufman Desert House, who appeared in the photograph “Poolside Glamour.”

Note, this program follows the presentation “Slim Aarons: Women, the Making of the Book and the Stories Behind it” scheduled for 3:00pm-3:45pm with book signing to follow.


February 23, 2017
4:15 pm - 8:30 pm
$45 - $150
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All ages.
Things to Know
Address and directions to the reception will be provided to those holding Talk, Film & Cocktail Reception tickets as they check in for the Talk & Film or provided upon its completion. Guests are responsible for their own transportation to the reception, located in nearby Old Las Palmas, a short drive from the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Special Parking Instructions
Parking at the Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs Art Museum is free of charge. Valet parking at the reception is complimentary. Talk + Film: 4:15 PM to 6:30 PM, Talk, Film, Cocktail Reception: 4:15 PM to 8:30 PM
Photography Credits
David A. Lee Fred Moser and Kelly Lee Slim Aarons, Courtesy of M2M Films & Getty Images


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