Arts News Digest – September 2019

Itineraries for Culture Lovers – September 2019

CDAC Installs Colorful 'Greetings' Mural in Downtown Palm Springs

California Desert Arts Council unifies, empowers, and
promotes art and culture in the Coachella Valley region
through advocacy, 
business and professional development, cultural tourism, and education.

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California Desert Arts Council introduces Arts Tank Greater Palm Springs, a funding platform for new, unique, innovative, and publicly accessible arts-based initiatives.

The program supports initiatives that stimulate cultural tourism, address a concern of a particular community, and engage a broad cross-section of residents and visitors in the Coachella Valley. 

CDAC welcomes high-quality pitches from all artistic disciplines, both from individuals and groups of creative people, as well as from the community’s arts and culture organizations.

Read the announcement about the inaugural grant recipients, Peter Tigler and Cat Chiu Phillips.


Our recommendations for September 2019


ART WALK: Visit artists in their natural habitat — in their studios and galleries! — September 4 during the free-to-the-public Backstreet Art District Art Walk in Palm Springs. Info

REACH FOR THE SKY: Canadian First Nations artist Henry Hunt, a Kwakiutl chief, carved a 30-foot-tall red cedar totem pole that stands on the fifth fairway of the Sunnylands grounds. Opening September 11, Reach for the Sky: Tradition + Inspiration features artwork by the Hunt Family and Herb Alpert. The exhibition explores the ways in which artists inspire each other across culture, space, and time. Info

GEOMETRY 101: UCR Palm Desert’s Geometry 101 exhibition, featuring the work of Gerald Patrick and other local artists, highlights how simple geometric forms are used for a pleasing effect. An artist reception is set for September 13, and guests are asked to bring donations of art supplies, which will be given to local teachers for their classrooms. Info

CONTRASTS: Promised Gifts From the Kaplan-Ostergaard Glass Collection, which ends September 15 at Palm Springs Art Museum, showcases blown, cast, and kiln-formed glass by artists such as Emma Camden, Steve Klein, and Nick Mount. Info

SUBLIME PHOTOGRAPHY: Contemporary Sublime: The Photographic Collecting of William G. Butler, through October 6 at the Palm Springs Art Museum, taps into unconscious experiences and creates a psychological connection between viewer and image. Info

SHAPING VISION: Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism offers an overview of historic developments from the late 19th century to post-WWII, showcasing paintings by Vincent van Gogh, Willem de Kooning, Édouard Manet, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, and others — runs through October 13 at Palm Springs Art Museum. Info

BRAVE NEW WORLDS: Explorations of Space features five Southern California artists — Kelly Akashi, Gisela Colon, Victoria Fu, Karen Lofgren, and Adee Roberson — who each created sculpturally immersive installations. The exhibition continues through December 15 at Palm Springs Art Museum. Info

FLIGHT PLAN: The Birds of Sunnylands, an exhibition of 52 photographs taken last season by National Geographic lensman Tim Laman at Sunnylands Center and Gardens, is on view through May 2020 at the Coachella Valley History Museum in Indio. Info