Devastating. Unprecedented. Dire. This is how local arts leaders describe the current state of affairs as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) shutters museums, galleries, theaters, and performance venues across the Coachella Valley. They’ve canceled events, refunded patrons, sent home talent and back-of-the-house staff, and begun strategizing for their survival. The hurt, including lost economic impact, has…

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Glass artist Lino Tagliapietra, featured this month at the Palm Springs Art Museum, is revered for his graceful forms, exquisite colors, and masterful technique. Photograph courtesy Palm Springs Art Museum   ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN Aluminaire draws closer to a Palm Springs home (Palm Springs Life) A decision is expected soon on a location for the modernist…

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Installation view of Reach for the Sky: Tradition + Inspiration, at Sunnylands Center and Gardens through June 7, 2020. Photo courtesy of Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands.   ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN Museum exhibition surveys influential designs of Alexander Girard (Palm Springs Life) Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe at Palm Springs Art Museum includes the legendary designer’s textile…

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Towering sculptures created by Francis Kéré for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival are being installed in Indio’s Dr. Carreon Park. Photograph by Lance Gerber/courtesy City of Indio   ART Ed Ruscha, Neville Wakefield on Desert X in Saudi Arabia (KCRW) As Desert X prepares to mount an exhibition in AlUla, in the northwestern…

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The 14th annual fall edition of the Joshua Tree Music Festival runs Oct. 10–13 and features the North Mississippi All Stars, The California Honeydrops, Ocho Ojos, Desert Rhythm Project, and many others. Photograph courtesy Joshua Tree Music Festival.   ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN 50 ways to celebrate modernism (CV Independent) The schedule for Modernism Week Fall…

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Cabot’s Pueblo Museum in Desert Hot Springs offers tours and educational programs to teach the public about its namesake, the desert pioneer, adventurer, and artist Cabot Yerxa.   ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN Art, architecture distinguished midcentury bank (The Desert Sun) The Security First National Bank, which opened in Palm Springs in 1959, devoted considerable resources to making an…

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Palm Springs Art Museum transformed the E. Stewart Williams–designed  Santa Fe Federal Savings & Loan into its new Architecture and Design Center, an especially popular venue during Modernism Week in February and the event’s fall preview October 17–20. Photo: Julius Shulman/Courtesy J. Paul Getty Trust   ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN Get ready to mod (Palm Springs Life)…

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ART The desert feels the transformational power of public art (Palm Springs Life) From David Černý’s Babies in Palm Springs to Edoardo Tresoldi’s Etherea in Coachella, large-scale public artworks are adding aesthetic beauty, attracting tourism, stimulating walking traffic, inspiring, educating, and promoting pride in place in communities across the Coachella Valley. New museum director will…

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