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Highlights of Palm Springs Modernism Week 2022

With just five weeks until one of Palm Springs’s liveliest festivals, Modernism Week returns in 2022 with in-person events, exclusive mid-century modern home tours, parties, food and wine tastings, panel discussions, talks from architecture experts, drag shows, and so much more. Tickets always sell out quickly and hotel rooms and short term rentals are booming, so read on for some of this year’s most exciting highlights of Modernism Week.

CAMP Out at Modernism Week

CAMP is the central meeting place for all things modernism. Discover activities to attend, shop at our Destination PSP outpost, explore design elements for your home and relax and commune with fellow modernists. If Palm Springs is the epicenter of modernism, CAMP is the epicenter of Modernism Week. Learn more here.

The Glass House in Color: Coloring Midcentury Modern Architecture

Experience this iconic modernist home in New Canaan, CT in a fun new way withThe Glass House Coloring Book. Glass House Deputy Director Scott Drevnig & Illustrator David Wallace Crotty will lead an exciting conversation on February 22, 2022. More on this new event here.

Stories Untold: Black Modernists in Southern California

Black designers, builders and developers helped shape Palm Springs and the Southern California for over a century. Modernism Week is proud to host a three-part symposium on this legacy on February 21, 2022. Don’t miss this must-see event at the CAMP Theater. Details here.

Happy 100th, Rudi Gernreich!

In celebration of what would have been fashion designer Rudi Gernreich’s 100th birthday, Modernism Week presents a fashion show that will astonish the audience with a wide array of his original items. Come dressed in your midcentury best and join us for “The Fearless Fashions of Rudi Gernreich” on February 22, 2022.

Hear From Today’s Leading Luminaries

This year, Modernism Week is proud to offer over 70 informative and entertaining talks, panel discussions, and more at locations throughout Palm Springs. A distinguished array of speakers – all leaders in their fields – will share their knowledge and insights each day of Modernism Week. Learn more on the M Weekly blog.

Other Modernism Week Highlights include:

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“A Design Revolution: The Harvard 5 in New Canaan”
To five Harvard School of Design alumni, New Canaan, CT was the perfect environment to experiment with design and architecture based on the ideals, ingenuity, and intellect of the Bauhaus. $15 (1 hr)

Forgotten Frey: Albert Frey’s Cree House
Forgotten Frey, one of two intact residences designed by architect Albert Frey. $45 (30 min)

Frey House II Tour + Museum Day Passes
Hosted by Palm Springs Art Museum, these 30-minute self-guided tours are a rare opportunity to see the residence of modernist architect Albert Frey. $75 (40 min)

Rat Pack Playground – Modernist Homes
Discover the trendy midcentury neighborhood Vista Las Palmas, once nicknamed the “Beverly Hills of Palm Springs” and view the homes now called “Alexanders” developed by George and Robert Alexander. $40 (2 hrs)

Modernism Week Opening Night Party – Love, Modernism Style
Join Modernism Week for a festive Opening Night Party with cocktails and dancing at the 1962 Wexler and Harrison designed Indian Canyons Country Clubhouse. $250 (3 hrs)

Master of the Midcentury: The Architecture of William F. Cody
The authors present and discuss Master of the Midcentury: The Architecture of William F. Cody the first, long overdue book on this key Palm Springs architect, abundantly illustrated and detailed. $18 (1 hr)

Frank Sinatra’s Neighborhood – The Movie Colony
This tour affords a visual feast blending classic Spanish Colonial Revival with the sleek midcentury Modern designs, including Frank Sinatra’s avant-garde modernist jewel by renowned E. Stewart Williams. $40 (2.75 hrs)

Hidden Paradise – Show Biz Legends’ Hideaways
The Mesa is a beautiful secluded neighborhood with a fascinating assortment of eclectic architecture. It boasts one of Palm Springs’ most stunning architectural anomalies, the Santorini House. $40 (2.5 hrs)

Temple Isaiah – The Evolution of Classical to Extreme Modernism
A guided media presentation and walking tour of two sanctuaries. The E. Stewart Williams modernist-designed 1950s Liberman Chapel and the 1980s Bochner brutalist style by Architect David Christian.
$45 (75 min)

The Lautner Compound Tour
Experience the spectacular architecture of John Lautner and tour The Lautner Compound. $50 (45 min)

Silvertop: A Vision for the Future
Barbara Bestor, FAIA of Bestor Architecture, will debut a short film, narrated by a surprise guest host, on the history and revitalization of Silvertop, John Lautner’s masterpiece in Los Angeles. $15 (1 hr)

East Coast vs.West Coast Modernist House Design at Midcentury
Modern houses of New England are often seen in the shadow of Southern California’s iconic modern houses. We compare and contrast the East and West Coasts in terms of house and community design. $12 (1 hr)

Country Club Estates, 1965- A Celebration of Famed Architect “A. Quincy Jones”
Country Club Estates is a celebratory tour of Palm Springs only residential housing enclave by famed architect A. Quincy Jones, along with a Classic Car Show. $85 (1 hr)

Preserving Los Angeles: A Kaleidoscopic Tour of L.A.’s Built Heritage
Author and photographer Ken Bernstein and Stephen Schafer share an engaging visual tour of Los Angeles’s hidden architectural gems, highlighting the transformative power of historic preservation. $12 (1 hr)

Canyon View Estates – The Finale
FIRST TIME ON TOUR DURING MODERNISM WEEK! Built in 1967, this separate and enclosed private enclave of 14 over-sized homes with iconic double gable rooflines is William Krisel’s final phase at Canyon View Estates. $60 (1 hr)

Palm Springs Modern Design Expo
45 exhibitors showcasing cutting-edge contemporary design and technology in a satellite fair adjacent to the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale. $30

Palm Springs Modern Dogs at Home
Nancy Baron and Gary Wexler present a slide show and discussion of Baron’s latest photo book of the same name, depicting the beloved pups of Palm Springs in their midcentury modern homes. $12 (1 hr)

Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour
Modernism Week’s signature bus tour! The Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour provides guests with an overview of the most significant midcentury architectural treasures of Palm Springs. $110 (2.5 hrs)

Modernism-by-the-Sea: Midcentury Architecture on the Monterey Bay
The midcentury heritage in the Monterey Bay is largely unaccounted for. This presentation delves into its rich architectural history through the works of some of its protagonists. $12 (1 hr)

Charles Phoenix Super Duper Double Decker Bus Tour
Experience midcentury architectural treasures of Palm Springs with retro pop culture humorist and author, Charles Phoenix, as he leads a spirited adventure atop a double-decker, open-air bus. $130 (2.5 hrs)

The Glass House in Color: Coloring Midcentury Modern Architecture
Join Glass House Deputy Director Scott Drevnig & Coloring Book Illustrator, David Wallace Crotty for a fun discussion on the Glass House and how to translate a midcentury modern home into book form. $12 (1 hr)

Hoping you all have an amazing Modernism Week in Palm Springs this February! Enjoy!

Jacqueline Tager | CalBre#: 1476997
jacqueline.tager@sothebyshomes.com | (323) 697-3040
Sotheby’s International Realty – Los Feliz Brokerage
1801 N Hillhurst Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90027

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