Coachella Valley Arts News – November 2021

Radius Books has published a monograph on Palm Springs-based artist Jim Isermann. Image courtesy of the artist and radiusbooks.org

 

ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

For design lovers, Modernism Week is a dream getaway (Forbes)
Modernism Week began in 2006 as an adjunct to the Palm Springs Modernism Show and Sale and the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Council Symposium. It’s been a major draw to the area ever since. From 2012 to 2020, attendance increased significantly from 12000 to 162000 visitors.

Modernism Show & Sale sets attendance record (M Weekly)
The overall attendance for the Fall 2021 edition was up 25 percent from the last Fall show held in 2019. In addition, strong dealer sales were reported across the board at the show. The 2020 event was not held due to the pandemic.

 

ART

In 1997 Jim Isermann slipcovered a Minimalist cube. The rest is queer art history (Los Angeles Times)
In a new monograph on Jim Isermann’s art published by Radius Books, Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight argues that the Palm Springs-based artist’s work is rooted in a radical commitment to domesticity — the private shelter and refuge from hostility provided by the home — that positions Isermann as an avatar of queer culture. Here’s an excerpt.

Cathedral City considering ‘Jurassic Wonders’ exhibit (Uken Report)
To showcase the revitalized downtown, Cathedral City councilmember Nancy Ross is proposing to temporarily exhibit 11 metal dinosaur sculptures fabricated by artist Ricardo Breceda across from city hall. This exhibit, sponsored by the Museum of Ancient Wonders, would run for six months to one year, beginning Jan. 2, 2022.

Artist ‘grateful’ for mural’s eight years on display (The Desert Sun)
Artist Christina Angelina told The Desert Sun in 2014 if the two-story mural on the façade of a former bar had to come down, she’d be fine with it, adding she did an art piece at Burning Man that was set afire. On the mural’s removal her spokesperson said the artist “hopes that it brought a lot of inspiration to the area and that its existence will be a catalyst for more outdoor artwork in the future.”

PSUSD launches new arts programs (The Desert Sun)
Some Palm Springs Unified School District first and fifth graders are the first to reap the benefits of a new program aimed at spreading positive messages about diversity and tolerance. The “Arts and Literature” program launched at four elementary schools with plans to expand to additional schools during the second half of the school year.

 

MUSIC

Concert for Autism returns for its 14th year (CV Weekly)
The event is set for Nov. 20 at the Big Rock Pub in Indio with a lineup that includes The Ghost Notes, Blasting Echo, The Hellions, Square Wave Monolith, Cody White & The Easy Ride, The Ill Eagles, Krystofer Do, Matt and The Kings, Screams on Silent, Rick Shelley, Jetta King, Feisty Joe, Derek Jordan Gregg, Lance Riebsomer, Yovés, Matt Davin, Courtney Chambers, and Jim Cathcart.

Women’s jazz fest eyes Cathedral City (Uken Report)
Organizers are asking the City Council this week to approve a Special Use Permit authorizing the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival on November 12-13, 2022. Expected attendance at the Cathedral City Community Amphitheater would be approximately 900 per day. The event was formerly held at the Annenberg Theater at Palm Springs Art Museum.

 

THEATER

Del Shores’ ‘This Side of Crazy’ makes Palm Springs debut (CV Independent)
The award-winning playwright, director and writer of productions including Sordid Lives and Southern Baptist Sissies brings his newest play to Palm Canyon Theatre from Nov. 18 to 21. “It is a tour-de-force for four female actors of a certain age to tackle,” says director Richard Marlow, “and I was immediately drawn to its blend of comedy and pathos, both rooted in true human behavior.”

Desert Rose Playhouse’s ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ is an intense, edgy ride(CV Independent)
Chuck Yates, formerly the founding artistic director at the late, lamented Coyote StageWorks, does a masterful job in this powerful and entertaining show, through Nov. 21 at Desert Rose Playhouse.

 

TECHNOLOGY

NFTs explained (You’re welcome) (Harvard Business Review)
To appreciate NFTs properly, we first must think through what they actually are and the types of market opportunities they enable. And once we unlock that, we can understand how to build businesses around them.