Modernism Week, which takes place February 11 – 21, is one of the destination’s most notable events, attended by throngs of midcentury modern aficionados from around the world. The annual celebration of midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture was originally centered around a core Modernism Show & Sale but has since exponentially grown to include tours of iconic homes, architectural walks, a world-class lecture & film series, vintage fashion, classic cars, garden tours, a vintage travel trailer exhibition and much more.
With more than 250 listed events, the eleven-day celebration can be intimidating in its breadth so we have created the following primer. Full information on ticket prices, ticket purchasing and dates and times for all individual events can be found online at modernismweek.com. We suggest you get your tickets fast as they sell out quickly!
Perhaps one of the most important places during Modernism Week, CAMP acts as the hub of all activity. A community and meeting place as well as headquarters for all tours and events, CAMP is located at the architecturally significant former 1957 J.W. Robinsons Department Store by Pereira & Luckman at 333 S. Palm Canyon Drive. It is the central location for attendees to meet, shop, dine, learn and relax. This year, CAMP will feature stimulating programs and opportunities to meet authors, designers and other industry luminaries. Makerville, a creative haven for artists, will offer Think and Drinkcocktail happy hour events titled “Modernism with a Twist” at CAMP. This is also where newcomers can go to ask questions, purchase tickets and score cool Modernism Week merchandise.
16th ANNUAL MODERNISM SHOW AND SALE
Produced by Dolphin Productions
February 12-15, Palm Springs Convention Center
Looking for a rare Herman Miller chair, an elusive Russel Wright dinner plate or perhaps a geometric-shaped atomic brooch? Here, you’ll find a modernist’s treasure chest of more than 80 premier national and international decorative and fine arts dealers with items representing all design movements of the 20th Century and select 21st century. New dealers exhibiting this year include Royle of Miami and Pierre Anthony Galleries of New York City and Miami, both showing fabulous American and European midcentury furniture including pieces by Italian designer Gabriella Crespi. The Butler and the Chef
from San Francisco is another first-time exhibitor, specializing in vintage French and European industrial design. Returning favorites include a La MOD, Christopher Anthony Ltd., Porter & Plunk and Route 66 West of Palm Springs; Dragonette Ltd., Fat Chance, Off The Wall, PCH Modern and Reform of Los Angeles; Katz Modern, Le Kube, Rosebud and Vintage European Posters from the Bay Area; Atomic Bazaar, Design/One, House of Blu, Objects:USA and Vestige of San Diego; Studio 101 of Santa Barbara; Palette Contemporary of Albuquerque; Red Modern Furniture of Phoenix; Sputnik Modern and 20CDesign.com of Dallas; Casa Navarro of Santa Fe; Modern Décor of Ann Arbor, MI; Ursus Books & Prints of New York; and AHRRS, Inc. Contemporary of Paris. Hennessey + Ingalls, the largest art, architecture and design bookstore in the western United States, has been named the show's official bookseller.
MODERNISM WEEK SHOW HOUSE 2016: THE CHRISTOPHER KENNEDY COMPOUND
Named by The “Hollywood Reporter” as the “#1 Must-See Event of Modernism Week,” designer Kennedy brings together ten of the nation’s most prominent tastemakers to create unique rooms in this showcase house, including Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Bravo’s Carson Kressley, Michel Boyd, HGTV’s Jamie Durie and Kelli Ellis, Justin Shaulis, Style Blogger Kelly Golightly, Trellis Home, Bradshaw Orrell and more. The home is spectacularly sited on the fairway of the Indian Canyons Golf Resort, a favorite of Hollywood stars like Frank Sinatra, Walt Disney and Bob Hope. Daily tours begin Saturday, February 13.
Greater Palm Springs is a mother lode of midcentury modernist architecture and design. Although many architects are known for their work in the area and featured in the overall event lineup, 2016 will shine a special spotlight on William Cody and William Krisel. Many of the valley’s gems, whether private residences or commercial buildings, still stand in all their original glory or have been renovated with an eye toward preserving authenticity and integrity. During Modernism Week there is a large roster of tours that include bus tours and individual neighborhood tours. Due to high demand, the Sunnylands, Frey House II and Signature Home Tours are already sold out.
LECTURES AND FILM
World-class lectures and films supplement the Modernism Week activities by providing a key educational and entertainment component. Held in various locations such as the gorgeous Annenberg Theater, they offer insight into the Modernism aesthetic and its players. This year’s offerings include the Palm Springs premiere of Gray Matters, The Eileen Gray Documentary, as well as the world premiere of Desert Maverick: The Singular Architecture of William Cody. Lectures are as various as a Charles Phoenix: Super Space Age Slide Show or a look atCuba’s Modern Movement Architecture: Before and After the Revolution.
A signature offering of Modernism Week is the chance to mix, mingle and swill excellent martinis with your fellow modern maniacs in a variety of world-class locations. For a price you can pick your poison, place and pleasure from the following events that are not yet sold out:
For those not wanting to fully commit to ticketed events, there are a few fun free offerings worth a glance. On Friday, February 12 there will be a public Palm Springs Walk of Stars dedication for architect Richard A. Harrison. On Saturday, February13, local solar company Hot Purple Energy will facilitate a group architectural tour on bikes with maps provided to participants. Finally, on Monday the 15th, more than 50 vintage automobiles will be on display at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST …
A fun and funky vintage trailer show will take place at Modernism Week’s official host hotel, The Hilton Palm Springs Resort, during the final weekend, February 20-21.
For all who are completely new to Modernism Week and still feel this is a lot of information to digest, the Modernism Week website has a handy new page called Modernism Week for Newbies to help newcomers further navigate the experience.