Modernism Week in Palm Springs

Posted by Nina Winwood · Oct 26 · in Palm Springs, California · about Culture & History

Modernism Week in Palm Springs is back for it's 11th year of celebrating and fostering appreciation of midcentury art and design. The event encourages education, preservation and sustainable modern living as represented in Palm Springs.

Modernism Week’s signature February festival will take place February 11-21, 2016, highlighting midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture in the Palm Springs area of Southern California. The annual 11-day festival features a rich array of events including the Modernism Show & Sale, tours of iconic homes, architectural walking, biking and double-decker bus tours, a world-class lecture & film series, tours of the historic Annenberg Estate at Sunnylands, a Palm Springs Walk of Stars dedication for architect Richard Harrison, vintage fashion, classic cars, garden tours, a vintage travel trailer exhibition, and Modern Giants – a celebration of the area’s largest collection of midcentury modern commercial buildings at the Eisenhower Medical Centre. 

“Coming off the tremendous success of Modernism Week’s tenth celebration in February 2015, we’ve expanded this year’s slate of events geographically,” explained Board Chairman, Chris Mobley. “February’s schedule includes exciting tours and activities throughout the Coachella Valley and beyond, and long-time supporters of Modernism Week will be thrilled with the selection of appealing new programs.”

A highlight during the first weekend of Modernism Week is “Party at the Yacht Club - An ExclusiveTaste, Toast and Tour of Albert Frey's Historic Masterpiece” (2/12), a celebration of Albert Frey’s North Shore Beach & Yacht Club (1959) being officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). 

Modernism Week will also take a trip to the Museum of Pinball in Banning, one of the greatest kept secrets of the midcentury modern revival. ‘Retro Pinball Mania’ (2/15) will be an evening of partying in a midcentury modern atmosphere while enjoying unlimited free-play on more than 700 beautifully restored vintage arcade and pinball machines.

One of the most special and unique evenings ever offered by Modernism Week will be an exploration of “Modern Cuba,” (2/16) an exclusive culinary experience hosted by Shari Belafonte, daughter of legendary musician Harry Belafonte. At this intimate affair in a stunning residence, Shari will share her family’s Cuban recipes and stories, while preparing a multi-course feast of her favourite dishes infused with Caribbean influences.

Named by The Hollywood Reporter as the “#1 Must-See Event of Modernism Week,” Traditional Home and California Homes magazines present The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Show House. For a third year, Kennedy will bring together ten of the nation’s most prominent tastemakers to create unique rooms in a spectacularly sited home on the fairway of the Indian Canyons Golf Resort, a favourite of Hollywood stars like Frank Sinatra, Walt Disney, and Bob Hope. The show house will open with a Red Carpet Gala (2/13), offering cocktails, tastings, live music, and an opportunity to mingle with television stars and international design and building leaders.

CAMP, Modernism Week’s ‘Community and Meeting Place’ and headquarters for tours and events, will move to an architecturally significant venue in downtown Palm Springs – soon to be announced. Introduced in 2015 as a central location for attendees to meet, shop, dine, learn, and relax between tours and parties, CAMP will feature stimulating programs and opportunities to meet authors, designers, and other industry luminaries.

All events are open to the public and tickets go on sale November 1, 2015 at 12 p.m. PST. As new events are finalized they will be added on the first of each month. The City of Palm Springs is the Presenting Sponsor of Modernism Week and the Hilton Palm Springs Resort is Modernism Week’s official host hotel. 

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