Here’s what you need to know about Modernism Week in 2016:
Modernism Week’s popular architectural bus tours in Palm Springs bus will depart from CAMP throughout the day, including Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours as well as a shorter Express version, the popular Charles Phoenix Super Duper Double Decker Bus Tours and an Illuminated Modern Sunset Bus Tour that departs at dusk. Standby tickets for all bus tours will be available on a first-available basis at the ticket sales desk at CAMP.
Many new programs and public events are planned for the daily schedule of activities at CAMP. Ferguson, Modernism Week’s exclusive Kitchen & Bath Sponsor, will present a series of panel discussions with designers, tastemakers and brands called “Design Insights”. The Ferguson Kitchen, complete with an outdoor lounge, will feature a variety of chef demonstrations and host “Cocktail Academy” seminars where guests can learn the finer points of mixing the perfect cocktail. Makerville, a creative haven for artists, will offer popular ‘Think and Drink’ cocktail happy hour events titled “Modernism with a Twist.” The public is also invited to visit the demonstration garden featuring native desert plants and hear about modern garden design with landscape architect Steve Martino presenting a lecture on 2/17.
A new offering at CAMP is a series of fashion events presented by Susan Stein, Fashion Editor for Palm Springs Life Magazine and Creative Director of Fashion Week El Paseo. Kicking things off is a “Then and Now” fashion show (2/15), followed by “Inside, Outside, and Side-by-Side” (2/17), an insightful lecture drawing comparisons between the inspirations behind fashion and architecture. On 2/19 celebrity makeup artist William Squire will join Stein to present “Your Signature Modernism Style,” offering tips to help fashion conscious modernistas look their best for any occasion.
“Women in Design” will be the focus on 2/20 with “Off the Runway with Lisa Perry: A Conversation with the Designer” as a featured event. Perry, who was inspired by vintage fashions and has collaborated with iconic and living artists to merge art, fashion and design, will present a highly personal talk moderated by local collector Shari Applebaum.
The public is invited to visit CAMP daily for unique programs and activities. Tickets will be available online in advance, or at the door for a selection of lecture programs featuring local architectural historians, photographers and writers, including “Unseen Midcentury Desert Modern,” a talk and book signing by photographer Dan Chavkin; “Eichler Day” panel, film and home tour devoted to prolific modernist developer Joseph Eichler; a conversation with acclaimed midcentury architect Hugh M. Kaptur, AIA; as well as the debut of “This Modern Life,” four local writers sharing stories of life in Palm Springs with a modern twist.
A list of events may be found at http://www.modernismweek.com/camp
Modernism Week’s Opening Night Party – Hollywood in Palm Springs will take place at CAMP on Thursday, 2/11, a dazzling red carpet affair recalling the golden age of 1950s Hollywood in Palm Springs when the Rat Pack held court at the Chi Chi. Enjoy handcrafted martinis and cocktails, retro-inspired cuisine presented by Lulu California Bistro, and dance all night to a hard-swingin’ retro/jazz show by the amazing band NUTTY. http://www.modernismweek.com/event/details/249178/
An Afternoon with Mad Men (Thursday, 2/18) – 3 presentation package http://www.modernismweek.com/event/details/249277/
Followed by a Mad Men Affair at the Abernathy House http://www.modernismweek.com/event/details/249274/ (house was designed by William Cody, whose 100th birthday is also this year…)
Additional lectures of interest:
ELLE DECOR Presents The Iconic Iconoclast: Vladimir Kagan w/editor in chief Michael Boodro: http://www.modernismweek.com/event/details/249285/
Daughters of Design: Bertoia, Eames and Saarinen (Monday, 2/15) – Featuring the daughters of Eero Saarinen, Charles Eames and Harry Bertoia: three design legends whose long relationships first developed at Cranbrook Acadamy of Art in Michigan. http://www.modernismweek.com/event/details/249263/
All lectures are essentially new, and a complete list may be found at http://www.modernismweek.com/lectures
Two films will be premiering at Modernism Week in February:
Palm Springs premiere: Gray Matters – The Eileen Gray Documentary http://www.modernismweek.com/event/details/249261/
All films, including Tab Hunter Confidential (http://www.modernismweek.com/event/details/249241/) may be found at http://www.modernismweek.com/films
Parties & Fundraisers (see http://www.modernismweek.com/parties):
A new free event is (see http://www.modernismweek.com/free):
There are five new Neighborhood Tours:
Also new this year are trips beyond the Coachella Valley to: