Modernism Week, the February festival that highlights midcentury modern architecture, art, interior and landscape design, and vintage culture in the Palm Springs area of Southern California, gets underway on February 13. The annual 11-day festival will feature more than 350 events including the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale, tours of iconic homes in more than 30 neighborhoods, walking tours, and nightly parties. Also offered are architectural biking and double-decker bus tours, tours of the historic Annenberg Estate at Sunnylands, a classic car show, garden tours, and a special series of compelling and informative talks.
Here are some event highlights:
Modernism Week Opening Night Party: Space Modyssey 2020
Launch into outer space at this wild and entertaining Opening Night Party celebrating 15 years of Modernism Week. The Palm Springs Air Museum will be transformed into a futuristic space station, complete with intergalactic cocktails and atomic party cuisine (provided by Lulu) and the legendary David Bowie tribute performer “Space Oddity.” Guests are encouraged to dress in their favorite party-gear or space regalia. The event takes place Thursday, February 13 from 7 – 11 p.m. Tickets are $175. This special evening is presented by Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.
Keynote Speaker: Daniel Libeskind: Edge of Order
February 15, 1 PM, $45-$65
Architect, artist, professor, and set designer Daniel Libeskind will present the annual Modernism Week keynote address. “Architecture is the atmosphere, the story that has been created, and you’re part of it.” Internationally acclaimed architect Daniel Libeskind shares the incredible story of his architectural journey.
Guggenheim House (1967)
Dates Open: February 14, 15,16, $30
This 1967 architectural gem was recently remodeled by Grace Home Furnishings to stunningly capture modern Palm Springs style. The interior spaces feature a seamless blend of contemporary furnishings and vintage pieces, and the bold color palette expertly mixes pattern and texture to achieve a fun yet sophisticated atmosphere that embodies the carefree Palm Springs lifestyle. The home is located in the prestigious Indian Canyons neighborhood, which boasts deep midcentury roots and distinctive architecture.
All Modernism Week events are open to the public and tickets are now on sale at modernismweek.com.
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