Coachella Valley Arts News – September 2021

Frank Gehry’s Beaver Chair and Ottoman (1987), made of corrugated cardboard, appears in The Modern Chair exhibition through April 2022 at the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center. It’s a promised gift to the museum from Donna J. and the late Cargill MacMillan, Jr. Photograph by Yoshihiro Makino, courtesy of Palm Springs Life.   ART…

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Coachella Valley Arts News – August 2021

Palm Springs-based actor Udo Kier is getting rave reviews for his leading role in the new film Swan Song. Photo by Chris Stephens, courtesy Magnolia Pictures.   ART Meet John Cerney, the muralist whose ‘Popsicles’ refreshed Sunny Dunes (CV Independent) This is the story of a produce worker who took some art classes and met…

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This Month in the Arts – August 2021

Tickets for Modernism Week Fall Preview go on sale Aug. 1. Above: Elrod House, Palm Springs, California, 2007, by Julius Shulman and Juergen Nogai.   A new budget with an unprecedented investment in the arts, the return of local theater (proof of vaccination required), signs of life at the historic Plaza Theatre, an in-person Modernism Week…

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This Month in the Arts – July 2021

Adam Lerner starts his new job as CEO and executive director of Palm Springs Art Museum on July 15. Photograph courtesy of The Hip Photo.   Palm Springs Art Museum has a new director, audiences have returned to CVRep and Palm Canyon Theatre as well as the Palm Springs International ShortFest, the city of Indio has…

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Coachella Valley Arts News – June 2021

The Forever Marilyn statue (shown in its first location in downtown Palm Springs) is being reinstalled near Palm Springs Art Museum. File photo/Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism   ISSUES ‘Forever Marilyn’ installation underway in Palm Springs (The Desert Sun)Installation work on the controversial statue continues until June 17 with a public unveiling ceremony scheduled for…

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Coachella Valley Arts News – April 2021

Desert X unveiled The Art of Taming Horses, an installation by New York-based artist Christopher Myers, on Tahquitz Canyon Way in Palm Springs. Photograph courtesy Desert X.    ART New Desert X poses a ‘monumental’ question (Palm Springs Life)Artist Christopher Myers’ six sculptures, an installation titled The Art of Taming Horses on Tahquitz Canyon Way, tell…

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Deadlines Loom for COVID-19 Financial Relief Grants for Artists, Organizations

The city of Palm Desert invites artist proposals for its new San Pablo Avenue roundabout. Photo courtesy of the City of Palm Desert.   Welcome to another COVID-19-themed dispatch from your California Desert Arts Council. In better times, this newsletter highlights the bounty of upcoming Coachella Valley arts and culture offerings. This month’s edition, however,…

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Coachella Valley Arts News – January 2021

Artist Pia Camil’s Lover’s Rainbow for Desert X 2019. The 2021 event has been postponed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.   GRANTS AND FINANCIAL RELIEF Gov. Newsom proposes $25 million for arts in California (Californians for the Arts)The funds support a grant program for museums and theaters and $15 million to the California Arts…

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Coachella Valley Arts News – December 2020

A new sculpture garden, curated by Melissa Morgan Fine Art, offers a free, safe, open-air art experience on El Paseo in Palm Desert. Photo courtesy Melissa Morgan Fine Art.    Happy holidays from the California Desert Arts Council. In our final news roundup of the year, we offer links to financial aid and grant resources for…

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‘Forever Marilyn,’ the Second Wave of COVID, and More Arts News

Season’s greetings from the California Desert Arts Council (CDAC). Artists and arts organizations across all disciplines, despite their most valiant virtual efforts, find themselves in a precarious position: The pandemic has shut them down and cut off their revenue. With the current surge COVID-19 cases, even the optimists who scheduled events for early 2021 are…

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