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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‘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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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 – September 2020

The Aluminaire House, a prototype structure designed in 1931 by Albert Frey and A. Lawrence Kocher, will be installed at Palm Springs Art Museum.   ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN Aluminaire House finds home in Palm Springs (The Desert Sun) The 1931 prototype residence designed by Albert Frey and A. Lawrence Kocher will be installed in 2021 in…

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Coachella Valley Arts News – August 2020

Jane Culp’s painting Mojave Desert: Pass Through the Panamint Mountain Range, from Echoes of the San Andreas, a new book about the life and work of the artist.   ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN Modernism Week Fall Preview moves online (The Desert Sun)Modernism Week has announced that its fall preview scheduled for October will include no in-person…

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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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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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