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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Cahuilla artist Gerald Clarke includes “branded books” in his debut exhibition, Gerald Clarke: Falling Rock, opening January 18 at Palm Springs Art Museum. Photograph courtesy Palm Springs Art Museum.   ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN Modern masterpiece will go to auction (The Desert Sun) A replica of the 1952 Paul Rudolph–designed Walker Guest House that has been on…

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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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Native American, Mexican American, and LQBTQ communities celebrate their heritage in a variety of festivals, exhibitions, and other events in November — an arts-and-culture-rich month that also includes local lore brought to life in a one-woman play, freshly created arts and crafts, a choreography festival, and lots of homegrown musicians performing on local stages. Pace…

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