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See you in Palm Springs for the coolest confab of modernism aficionados anywhere!

What’s New at Modernism Week?The 5th Annual Modernism Week will be bigger and better than ever!

We are expanding the number of events from last year – we will have more
than 40 events in 10 fun-filled days, including several events that will be
free to the public.

  • Some of the 2010 Modernism Week’s highlights include:
  • A special tribute to renowned modernist architect Albert Frey
  • An exclusive home tour concluding with a chic reception at
    a celebrity home
  • A vintage fashion show
  • An architecture and design film series
  • A silent auction during the Modernism Show featuring fabulous items
  • An exhibition of Airstream vintage travel trailers
  • A slide show of retro Americana by Charles Phoenix, author
    and kitsch pop-culture humorist

Plus, many of the other audience favorites will be continued such as the annual architecture symposium, lectures, a vintage car show and other activities that will be held in various venues throughout the City of Palm Springs.

The popular architecture tours which often sell-out will be offered on additional days in response to popular demand.

Get your tickets early at modernismweek.com so you won’t be left out of the fun!

Thursday, Feb. 11

 

Pre-Modernism Week Screening: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. KCET presents a screening of “Julius Shulman: Desert Modern.” Cost: $150 for public, $100 for KCET members. Includes docent tour, reception and screening. Tickets: support.kcet.org/desert. Twin Palms, 1145 E. Via Colusa, Palm Springs

Friday, Feb. 12

Albert Frey Walk of Stars Dedication: 2 p.m. dedication; 3 p.m. reception. Dedication: 300 S. Palm Canyon Drive. Reception: Palm Springs Historical Society, 221 S. Palm Canyon Drive.
10th Annual PS Modernism Show Preview Reception: 6-9 p.m. Includes silent auction that runs through noon Saturday.. Cost: $75, advance, $85, door. Palm Springs Convention Center, 277 N. Avenida Caballeros.
Shag artist reception: 8-11 p.m. Shag, aka Josh Josh Agle, reception. Free. M Modern Gallery, 2500 N. Palm Canyon Drive.

Saturday, Feb. 13

10th Annual PS Modernism Show: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Silent auction, closes at noon. Weekend pass: $15. Palm Springs Convention Center.
Romie Cortier Open House Art Studio: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. also Sun. Hosted by artist Romie Cortier. Free. 203 N. Monterey Road, Palm Springs.
Shag Lunch at Trio Restaurant:noon to 2 p.m. Limited seating, reservations. Cost: $35, includes tax and gratuity. Trio Restaurant, 707 N. Palm Canyon Drive. Reservations: (760) 864-8746 or triopalmsprings.com.
Danny Heller Opening Reception: 2 to 5 p.m. Free. Terrence Rogers Gallery, 664 N. Palm Canyon Drive.
Meet the Architect: Don Wexler: 3 to 5 p.m. cocktail party celebrating the work and life of Palm Springs modernist architect Donald Wexler. Architectural historian Patrick McGrew, author of the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation tribute journal on Wexler, will attend. Free. Cost: Free. digs, The Corridor, 515 North Palm Canyon Drive. RSVP to info@pspreservationfoundation.org
Charles Hollis Jones: 4 to 6 p.m. Design shop celebrates first anniversary with reception for Jones. Includes lecture, question and answer session, champagne and cake. Free. Design Within Reach, 800 N. Palm Canyon Drive.
Gallery Openings and Artist Receptions: 5 to 9 p.m. Meet the artists at Backstreet Art District. Free. S. Cherokee Way, Palm Springs.
PS Modern Committee Annual Gala: 7 to 11 p.m. Steve McQueen midcentury Southridge house designed by Hugh Kaptur, Disco, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Dress to impress. $125, Address and transportation information upon paid reservations. Tickets: PSModCom.org or ModCom, P.O. 4738, Palm Springs CA 92263
After Glow: 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Late night snacks and drinks. Ace Hotel and Spa, 701 E. Palm Canyon Drive.

Sunday, Feb. 14

 

10th Annual PS Modernism Show: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Palm Springs Convention Center.

Double Decker Bus Tours: 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday is sold out; check for Monday-Tuesday availability. Three-hour tour of Palm Springs major midcentury buildings. Explains why the city is midcentury modern ground zero. $75. Departs from Ace Hotel and Swim Club.
Racquet Club Estates Neighborhood Homes Tour: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Neighborhood has a large collection of Alexander homes, designed by Bill Krisel, the iconic Donald Wexler steel homes and a large group of Meiselmans houses. $45. Information: racquetclubestates.com
VDL Research House, Richard Neutra’s Studio and Residence: 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Film screening. Free, includes museum admission. Lecture Hall, Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 Museum Drive.
Shag Book Signing: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free admission, must purchase a book to have it signed. Starlite Lounge, Riviera Resort and Spa, 1600 N. Indian Canyon Drive.
The Architecture and Design Film: 7:30 p.m. In partnership with Design Onscreen. “William Krisel: Architect.” Directed by Jake Gorst, 1 hour, 26 minutes. Documentary on the work of William Krisel. Includes question and answer session with Gorst, Krisel and Samuel Goldwyn Jr. $12. Camelot Theatres, 2300 E. Baristo Road. Information: (760) 325-6565.
After movie party: 9:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. TRIO Restaurant, 707 N. Palm Canyon Drive

Monday, Feb. 15

 

Frey ll House Tours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Forty-five minute guided tour of the Frey’s 1,000 square-foot-home impossibly perched on a mountain precipice above downtown Palm Springs. $50; last tour of the day, $100 includes cocktail party. Van shuttle from north parking lot of Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 Museum Drive. Tickets: (760) 325-4490.
Double Decker Bus Tours: 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. $75; departs from Ace Hotel and Swim Club.
Helen Mawby and the Chi Chi Era and Beyond: 2 p.m. Palm Spring Historical Society sponsored lecture with Palm Springs pioneer. Free. Cahuilla Room, Spa Resort Casino Hotel, 100 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs.
Artist reception for Dan Chavkin: 5 to 7 p.m. Reception for photographic artist. Free. Orbit In Hotel, 562 W. Arenas Road. Information: (760) 323-3585.
“Desert Utopia: Mid-century Architecture in Palm Springs” 7:30 p.m. The Architecture and Design Film Series, in Partnership with Design Onscreen. Film traces the history of modern architecture in Palm Springs and across the Coachella Valley with homes and buildings by the masters of modernist architecture, including E. Stewart Williams, John Lautner, William Cody, Albert Frey, Richard Neutra, R.M. Schindler, Donald Wexler and William Krisel. Includes question and answer session with Alan Hess and director, Jake Gorst. $10. Camelot Theatres. (760) 325-6565.

Tuesday, Feb. 16

Frey ll House Tours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Forty-five minute guided tour of the Frey’s 1,000 square-foot-home impossibly perched on a mountain precipice above downtown Palm Springs. $50; last tour of the day, $100 includes cocktail party. Van shuttle from north parking lot of Palm Springs Art Museum. Tickets: (760) 325-4490.
Double Decker Bus Tours: 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. $75; departs from Ace Hotel and Swim Club.
“Ray Kappe: California Modern Master Forty Years of Modular” and “Evolution & Philip Johnson, Diary of an Eccentric Architect”: 10 a.m. Films on Southern California cult icon architect, Ray Kappe and iconoclast architect, Phillip Johnson. Questions and answer session with with Brad Dunning and Heather Purcell. $10. Camelot Theatres. (760) 325-6565. Bill Butler on Albert Frey: 2 p.m. Lecture on the Albert Frey. $12.50 or free with Frey II tour. Palm Springs Art Museum, (760) 325-4490

Wednesday, Feb. 17

 

Lost, Saved and Endangered: Modernist Architecture in Palm Springs: 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Slide lecture with complementary continental breakfast. Sold out. Cahuilla Room, Spa Resort Casino Hotel.
Frey ll House Tours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Forty-five minute guided tour of the Frey’s 1,000 square-foot-home impossibly perched on a mountain precipice above downtown Palm Springs. $50; last tour of the day, $100 includes cocktail party. Van shuttle from north parking lot of Palm Springs Art Museum. Tickets: (760) 325-4490.
Vintage Car Show: 1 to 4 p.m. Annual Modernism Week Vintage Car Show features numerous makes and models of fine classic cars. Free. Camelot Theatre Parking Lot, 2300 E. Baristo Road. (760) 325-6565.

Modernism Week Art Walk at the Backstreet Art District: 6 — 9 p.m. Tour of art galleries. S. Cherokee Way, Palm Springs.
“Visual Acoustics, the Modernism of Julius Shulman”: 7:30 p.m. The Architecture and Design Film Series in Partnership with Design Onscreen screening. Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, celebrates the life and career of architectural photographer Julius Shulman. Questions and answer session with Heather Purcell, director of Design Onscreen and Wim de Wit, Head of the Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art at The Getty Research Institute. $10. Camelot Theatres, (760) 325-6565.

Thursday, Feb. 18

 

Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms Estate Tours: 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms Estate was designed by E. Stewart Williams. Open house format. $35, sold out. Twin Palms, 1145 E. Via Colusa. pspreservationfoundation.org.
An Evening with Chef Johnny Vee and Victoria Price: 6 p.m. “Those Fabulous Foods of the 50s and 60s, Vincent Price, TV Dinners & Grasshopper Pie,” Vee and Price explore Mid-Century noshing from the perspectives of Victoria gourmet/actor Dad’s Hollywood home, and Johnny from the Campbell Soup suburbia of Upstate New York. Includes edible recollection (with samples) from historic recipes and lifestyle memories from “A Treasury of Great Recipes” by Vincent and Mary Price. $50. Ace Hotel and Swim Club.
Artist Reception for Architectural Photographer Leland Y. Lee: 7 to 9 p.m. Lee documented high design homes and interiors in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, and he studied with famed architectural photographer Julius Shulman for eight years. Lee’s exhibit runs through March 12. Michael H. Lord Gallery, 1090 N. Palm Canyon Drive.

Friday, Feb. 19

“Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect”: 10 a.m. Presented by The Architecture and Design Film Series in Partnership with Design Onscreen. A look at Dutch architect, architectural theorist, urbanist and “Professor in Practice of Architecture and Urban Design” at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. $10. Camelot Theatres.
Vintage Airstream and Trailer Show: 4 p.m. Gathering of 14 to 26 foot trailers that were the “Home on wheels” of the 1940s to ‘60s. Trailers will be on display starting Feb. 19 through noon Feb. 21. Also: Retro T-shirts by Vintage Roadside of the 1930s to 1960s. Exterior viewing, free. Ace Hotel and Swim Club.
“Between Earth and Heaven: The Architecture of John Lautner” with Frank Escher: 5:30 p.m. Museum members only lecture. Palm Springs Art Museum.

Lautner Exhibition Opening: 5:30 p.m. Museum members only. Palm Springs Art Museum.
Palm Springs Preservation Foundation Retro Martini Party: 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy a martini and watch the sun set from the Arthur Elrod House, one of the world’s most acclaimed examples of modernist architecture. $150; limited number of tickets. Elrod House. Tickets: www.pspreservationfoundation.org.
Charles Phoenix Retro Slide Show: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Performance by pop culture humorist/author Charles Phoenix, celebrating midcentury car culture, trailer life, space age suburbia, roadside attractions, World’s Fairs, Palm Springs and Disneyland through his collection of flea market-found vintage Kodachrome slides. Doors open 6:30 p.m., slide show, 7:30 p.m. $20, cash bar. Ace Hotel and Swim Club.
“From Frank Lloyd Wright to John Lautner and After: Reassessing the Organic Tradition in American Architecture”: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lautner Symposium sponsored by the Architecture & Design Council of the Palm Springs Art Museum. David De Long, Nicholas Olsberg, Jean-Louis Cohen, Frank Escher, Frances Anderton, Wendell Burnett and Michael Rotundi examine the architecture of John Lautner. Includes presentations and a panel discussion to look at Lautner’s career from his days at Taliesin studying with Frank Lloyd Wright at to establishing his practice in Los Angeles and his influence on today’s architects. Afternoon motor-coach tour includes visits to Lautner sites such as the Desert Hot Springs Hotel, the Elrod House and the Pearlman Cabin. Tickets: $50 symposium and lunch only; $200 museum ADC members, symposium, lunch and tour; $250 nonmembers, symposium, lunch and tour. Tickets through Palm Springs Art Museum box office. Ace Hotel & Swim Club. Tickets: (760) 325-4490.

Vintage Airstream. and Trailer Show Interior Tours:10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Owners on hand to talk about the trailers. Interior tours: $10; exteriors no charge. Retro T-shirts by Vintage Roadside available and Bruce Littlefield Book Signing, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Littlefield will sign books “Wanderlust-Airstream at 75,” “Airstream Living” and other vintage trailer books. Ace Hotel and Swim Club.
Orlando Diaz-Azcuy book signing: 3 to 5 p.m. San Francisco-based designer Orlando Diaz-Azcuy’s will sign copies of Diane Dorrans Saek book on his designs. Free; book must be purchased to have it signed. Just Fabulous, 515 N. Palm Canyon Drive.
Modern Mosaics Showroom Opening: 4 to 7 p.m. Opening of new store includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Modern Mosaics, 320 North Palm Canyon.

Vintage Fashion Show: 8:30 p.m. Showcase the vintage clothing collection of dealer Marc Joseph (Secret Back Room) with fashions of the late 1940s through the 1970s, with period music and images, The show also features vintage jewelry from the collection of Matt Burkholz (Route 66 West). $45. Grand Zoso Ballroom, Hotel Zoso, 150 S. Indian Canyon Drive.
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Movie Night: 7 p.m. “The Long Long Trailer” with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Part of the Airstream Trailer shows. Free movie; TV dinner and s’mores $15; no-host bar; advance reservations recommended; tickets available at the door. Cocktails 7 p.m,; movie 8:30 p.m. The Ace Hotel and Swim Club. Reservations: (760) 325-9900.

Sunday, Feb. 20

Architectural Pottery: 11 a.m. Lecture by Bill Stern, director of the Museum of California Design and author of “California Pottery: From Missions to Modernism,” will demonstrate through photographs and in conversation with former Architectural Pottery executive Bill Hertel on how this pioneering company made revolutionary contributions to Midcentury Modern design in America. Includes question and answer session with Bill Hertel. Included with museum admission. Palm Springs Art Museum. (760) 325-4490.
Frank Escher and Nicholas Olsberg Book signing: noon to 2 p.m. Escher and Olsberg will sign copies of “Between Heaven and Earth: The Architecture of John Lautner.” Book must be purchased to have it signed. Just Fabulous.
Vintage Airstream and Trailer Show: 2 p.m. Exterior viewing, free. Also: Retro T-shirts by Vintage Roadside of the 1930s to 1960s. Exterior viewing, free. Ace Hotel and Swim Club.

Celebrity Home Tour: 1 to 6 p.m. Tour of Palm Springs homes of celebrities of the midcentury period. Self drive tour allows access to each house for a one hour time frame in predesignated order. Includes homes of Frank Sinatra, composer Frederick Loewe, Peter Lawford, Dinah Shore and Elizabeth Taylor, with wine and cheese reception at Taylor home. Tour information provided with paid ticket purchase. Cost: $100.
Modernism Week Closing Party: 6 to 9 p.m. Entertainment by John Stanley King. $20, includes one drink ticket. Thee Sidebar Lounge, The Riviera Resort and Spa.
Movie Night: 7 p.m. “The Long Long Trailer” with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Part of the Airstream Trailer shows. Free movie; TV dinner and s’mores $15; no-host bar; advance reservations recommended; tickets available at the door. Cocktails 7 p.m,; movie 8:30 p.m. The Ace Hotel and Swim Club. Reservations: (760) 325-9900.

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