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February 2017
$85.00

Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour

8 Tour Times

February 17, 2017
CAMP, 350 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Modernism Week’s signature tour! The Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour provides guests with a 2.5 hour overview of significant civic and commercial buildings, as well as residential properties located within notable Palm Springs neighborhoods, including the midcentury “leisure lifestyle” communities in South Palm Springs. Lead by knowledgeable guides, this open-air experience offers unique, exterior ... Read more...

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$45

Sunny Cycle Electric Bike Neighborhood Tour

6 Tour Times

February 17, 2017
CAMP, 350 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Join Modernism Week on this fun and exciting new electric bike tour of the downtown neighborhoods of Palm Springs. The Sunny Cycle is a safe and entertaining electric bike service that makes the Palm Springs touring experience a memorable one. Passengers pedal for awhile, then stop for a refreshment and appetizer, then mount the bike ... Read more...

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$65.00

Sunnylands Historic House Tour

13 Tour Times

February 17, 2017
Sunnylands Center & Gardens, 37977 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 United States

In groups of seven, visitors on the Historic House Tour are taken on electric shuttles from Sunnylands Center & Gardens to the former winter home of Ambassadors Walter and Leonore Annenberg. A midcentury masterpiece with Mayan influences, the 25,000-square-foot residence was completed in 1966. Famed architect A. Quincy Jones designed the home, which interior designers ... Read more...

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$50 - $65

Chino Canyon Project: Desert Palisades Al Beadle Home 1 & O’Donnell Home 1

12 Tour Times

February 17, 2017
Al Beadle Home 1 and Lance O’Donnell Home 1, 1101 W. Racquet Club Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Tour two new architectural masterpieces in Palm Springs’ last hillside development. Set lightly into the natural terrain of what is likely the last hillside development in Palm Springs, The Chino Canyon Project represents the mindful neighboring of old and new. Two architectural homes, one based on a never-constructed plan by late midcentury modern architect Al ... Read more...

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Free

CAMP

February 17, 2017 - February 26, 2017
CAMP, 350 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

CAMP, the Community And Meeting Place, is more than the starting point to the Modernism Week experience. Located in downtown Palm Springs just next door to Palm Springs Art Museum’s Architecture & Design Center, CAMP is a place to attend exciting talks and presentations, take in free events and exhibits, relax between events and pick ... Read more...

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$495

VIP Lecture and Film Pass

February 17, 2017 | 9:00 am - February 25, 2017 | 6:00 pm

For the first time, Modernism Week is offering a limited number of VIP Lecture + Film Passes. Passes include over 30 lectures and films as scheduled at the Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs Art Museum and Camelot Theaters. In addition to the individual talks, presentations and films are 3 daily packages including boxed lunch; ‘Mexico City ... Read more...

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$35

Celebrity Haven – The Tennis Club Neighborhood Historical Walking Tour (Exteriors only)

February 17, 2017 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Visit the famed Palm Springs Tennis Club neighborhood nestled into the foothills of the San Jacinto Mountains. Here stars like Errol Flynn, Lucille Ball, and Frank Sinatra stayed and played in the spectacular beauty of its desert surroundings. Todays Hollywood hipsters (Cameron Diaz, Robert Downey Jr., and Reese Witherspoon, among others) continue to use this ... Read more...

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$35

Frank Sinatra’s Neighborhood—The Movie Colony Historical Walking Tour (Exteriors only)

February 17, 2017 | 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

In the tranquil and elegant neighborhood of the Movie Colony lived some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, such as Cary Grant, Dinah Shore, Van Johnson, Tony Curtis, Gloria Swanson and Jack Benny. With the luxurious El Mirador as its centerpiece, the Movie Colony was developed in the 1930s and 1940s. Frank Sinatra made it “his” neighborhood ... Read more...

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$35

Golden Era Hollywood Homes in Old Las Palmas Historical Walking Tour (Exteriors only)

February 17, 2017 | 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Walk among the stars in this prestigious and historic neighborhood. Old Las Palmas began its development in the late 1920s and 1930s and has one of the highest concentrations of celebrity homes anywhere. Elizabeth Taylor, Kirk Douglas, Katherine Hepburn, Gene Autry, Lena Horne, Dinah Shore and many other Hollywood stars have been residents here. This ... Read more...

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$35

Heart of the City Historical Walking Tour (Exteriors Only)

February 17, 2017 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

How did a tiny agricultural settlement become a world renowned getaway for the rich and famous and a playground of the stars? Palm Springs is unique in that many of its “founding fathers” were women. Pioneer John McCallum envisioned an agricultural community, and later his daughter Pearl McCallum McManus, alongside other forward-thinking women such as ... Read more...

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$35

Rat Pack Playground—Modernist Homes of Vista Las Palmas Historical Walking Tour (Exteriors only)

February 17, 2017 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am

In this trendy midcentury tract development of Vista Las Palmas, a knowledgeable guide will lead you past the exteriors of these classic homes where the Hollywood elite as well as ordinary folk chose to live. Early advertising even called the area “The Beverly Hills of Palm Springs.” These houses are affectionately nicknamed “Alexanders” in honor ... Read more...

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$35

Stars and Star-chitects in Deepwell Historical Walking Tour (Exteriors only)

February 17, 2017 | 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

In this pristine, little-known neighborhood of Deepwell Estates lived some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Loretta Young, William Holden, Carmen Miranda, Liberace and Jerry Lewis, are just some of the stars who called Deepwell home. Some of these houses were designed by the desert’s most renowned architects, our “star-chitects,” including E. Stewart Williams, Donald Wexler, Hugh ... Read more...

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$10.00

FAST FORWARD Architecture of William F. Cody

February 17, 2017 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Palm Springs Public Library, The Learning Center, 300 S. Sunrise Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Direct from the Los Angeles A + D Museum this self-guided exhibit celebrates the centennial of architect William F. Cody and his seminal contribution to modern architecture. See images, photos, plans and more spanning his career; some never previously on display. Plus see new projects created by architecture students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo ... Read more...

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$12

The Visionary John Lautner

February 17, 2017 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Palm Springs Art Museum Annenberg Theater, 101 N Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Though John Lautner's visionary architecture confused and upset most conventional critics during his career, today we are better able to recognize his genius and understand his ideas. His work was certainly well in advance of later architects like Rem Koolhaas and Zaha Hadid, but there is still a lot to discover about his contributions to ... Read more...

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Free

E. Stewart Williams, Architect : A Palm Springs Modern Master

February 17, 2017 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Palm Springs Public Library, Main Atrium, 300 S. Sunrise Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Creating innovative, award-winning homes, public and commercial buildings for over 50 years, Emerson Stewart Williams (1909-2005) brought his curious mind and love of the natural environment to Palm Springs in 1946, where he practiced and lived for the rest of his life. His architecture celebrated our city and its unique desert and mountains, and Williams ... Read more...

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$12

Elrod = Diamonds Are Forever

February 17, 2017 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Art Museum, Annenberg Theater, 101 N. Museum Dr.
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Famed interior designer Arthur Elrod ruled Palm Springs from 1953, when he opened his design firm, until his untimely death in a car crash in 1974. Adele Cygelman, author of “Palm Springs Modern” (Rizzoli, 1999) and longtime shelter magazine editor and writer, will give a fascinating talk about Arthur Elrod and his influence on the ... Read more...

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$12

Ruth Shellhorn: Midcentury Landscape Architecture in Southern California

February 17, 2017 | 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Palm Springs Art Museum, Annenberg Theater, 101 N. Museum Dr.
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Landscape architect Ruth Patricia Shellhorn helped define the distinctive midcentury regional aesthetic of Southern California. Most known for her work on the Bullock’s department stores and Fashion Square shopping centers, projects that redefined the commercial genre as a relaxing and entertaining activity, and for her work with Walt Disney on the original design of Disneyland, ... Read more...

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Palm Springs Walk of Stars Dedication for John Lautner

February 17, 2017 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, 300 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Please join Modernism Week in a special dedication ceremony on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars for acclaimed modernist architect John Lautner, FAIA. Enjoy a unique opportunity to celebrate one of the most important architects in Southern California, and recognize his legendary contributions to midcentury modern architecture in Palm Springs. Special guests and friends of ... Read more...

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Free

Desert X Exhibition Preview with Artist Panel

February 17, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Palm Springs Art Museum Annenberg Theater, 101 N Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Desert X is a three-month exhibition of site-specific installations by widely recognized American and International artists stretching the full length of the Coachella Valley. All works are conceived to relate in some way to their desert settings, whether environmentally, historically, or sociologically. As a preview of the exhibition, art critic Steven Biller will moderate an ... Read more...

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$10

“Spirit in Architecture: John Lautner” A Film by Bette Jane Cohen

February 17, 2017 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Palm Springs Art Museum Annenberg Theater, 101 N Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Bette Jane Cohen worked with John Lautner and made the film in John Lautner's lifetime. The film includes the only on camera interviews of John Lautner. The film premiered at MOCA in 1991 celebrating John Lautner’s 80th birthday. The digitally remastered 25th Anniversary Edition of “The Spirit in Architecture: John Lautner” contains the original film ... Read more...

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$45.00

Illuminated Modern Sunset Bus Tour

February 17, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
CAMP, 350 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Now in its sixth year, the Illuminated Modern Sunset Bus Tour highlights architecturally significant midcentury and modern building facades along Palm Canyon Drive and surrounding neighborhoods. The buildings will be illuminated with various lighting and typeface styles identifying the architect and year of construction. Enjoy the desert sunset and cool breezes atop an open-air double ... Read more...

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$225

Finishing Touches First Look: The Christopher Kennedy Compound

February 17, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location will be emailed to ticket holders, Palm Springs, CA 92264 United States

For the first time in its history, The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Show House will open its doors a night early, and everyone knows it is always a race to the finish! You will be the very first guests to go behind the gates at Villa Golightly. Only 50 tickets are being offered, making ... Read more...

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$75.00

Preview Party at the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale

February 17, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, 277 N. Avenida Caballeros
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Celebrate the opening of the 17th Annual Modernism Show & Sale at the biggest party of Modernism Week. Join friends and fellow design enthusiasts at this high-spirited reception to get a sneak peak of the Modernism Show & Sale before it opens to the general public on Saturday. Be the first to see and shop ... Read more...

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$65

The Big Reveal Party: The West Elm House

February 17, 2017 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The West Elm House, 634 South Bedford Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92264 United States

Join West Elm for the Big Reveal Party, the debut of The West Elm House, an idea house created to inspire and guide architecture and design enthusiasts when it comes to the art of modernizing a midcentury home for the way we live today. Guests at this event will enjoy signature cocktails, retro appetizers, and ... Read more...

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