Coachella Valley Arts News – October 2021

Helen Frankenthaler, Janus, 1990. Acrylic on canvas, 57 x 94 3/4 in. (144.8 x 240.7 cm). Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, New York © 2021 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy Palm Springs Art Museum.   ART Helen Frankenthaler: Late Works exhibition reveals sum of the painter’s brilliance (Palm Springs Life) A year…

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This Month in the Arts – September 2021

Judith Chapman stars in The Guys, a production commemorating the 20th anniversary of 9/11, at Palm Canyon Theatre. Photo/Palm Springs Life, Getty Images   For the foreseeable future, your vaccination card might become your ticket to entry at arts venues across the Coachella Valley and beyond. But the shows are going on, and culture leaders…

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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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Arts in Limbo as County Reverts to Purple

Artist Jeffrey Gibson premieres a new performance work, TO FEEL MYSELF BELOVED ON THE EARTH, for Palm Springs Art Museum’s Art Party 2020, scheduled for Dec. 4. Photography by Brian Barlow/courtesy of Jeffrey Gibson and Kavi Gupta, Chicago, and Palm Springs Art Museum   Greetings from the California Desert Arts Council. As you receive this month’s…

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Coachella Valley Arts News – October 2020

Sotheby’s expects Helen Frankenthaler’s Carousel (1979), a staple of the Palm Springs Art Museum collection since 1994, will bring between $2.5 million and $3.5 million at auction October 28. Palm Springs Art Museum/Gift of Steve Chase   ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN Modernism Week Fall Online Experience goes live Oct. 15 (Modernism Week)Seven online programs — including pre-recorded tours,…

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Coachella Valley Arts News – June 2020

Watts-based artist Mister Alek from Watts spray painted a mural in memory of George Floyd on Indian Canyon Drive just north of Amado Road. Photograph courtesy Palm Springs Public Arts Commission.   COVID RESPONSE Your Coachella Valley culture fix is here (Palm Springs Life)During the COVID-19 shutdown, Coachella Valley artists and arts organizations are reaching…

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Kas Infinite Projects a Wall of Light to ‘Keep Art Alive’

A spectacle composed of light and land, Restrictive Measures reveals how Chris Sanchez, aka Kas Infinite — a Coachella-based multimedia artist known for creating dramatic interventions in the environment — feels about sheltering at home. “This is a project that translates my personal experience here in the Coachella Valley during this COVID-19 crisis,” Sanchez says,…

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Sofia Enriquez Paints New Series to ‘Keep Art Alive’

Rancho Mirage–based artist Sofia Enriquez has begun a new series of paintings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   “In this time of crisis,” says Sofia Enriquez, “there are a lot of harsh realities I have had to face head-on.”  The Rancho Mirage–based artist known for her distinctive figurative paintings, fashions, and large-scale installations (she…

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Why Support the Arts in a Time of Crisis?

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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Coachella Valley Arts News – March 2020

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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