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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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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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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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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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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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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Two locally based artists, Jim Isermann (above) and Gerald Clarke, have solo exhibitions at Palm Springs Art Museum; Modernism Week presents 11 days of tours, lectures, and parties; art fairs and festivals unfold in cities across the Coachella Valley; and musical and theatrical performances fill area stages. Throw in film screenings and literary events, and…

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