By Angela Romeo

Desert X, Desert X Parallel Projects, Modernism Week, Art Palm Springs, La Quinta Arts Festival, Indian Wells Arts Festival, Stage Coach Music Festival and the Coachella Music festival – welcome to the Desert! All of these events are looming around the corner.

Art Palm Springs8th Annual Show opens February 14 through February 18 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Art Palm Springs will continue its partnership with the Palm Springs Art Museum with the Opening Night Beneficiary honoring 2019 Patron of The Year, Marilyn Pearl Loesberg.

This year the show will honor Artist of The Year, Joe Goode.  With a career spanning five decades, Goode’s work has been displayed in numerous galleries and museum exhibitions internationally.

For more information on Art Palm Springs visit www.art-palmsprings.com

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Desert X is a 10-week biennial exhibition of site-specific art that debuted in 2017. It opens Feb. 9 and runs through April 21, with nineteen installations from Snow Creek to the Salton Sea, plus two locations in Mexico.

Desert X is a free event. It is again curated by Artistic Director Neville Wakefield and 2019 Co-Curators Amanda Hunt and Matthew Schum. Desert X stated that it would continue, “to explore ideas of site-specificity, the frame of post-institutional art and the interactive possibilities that attend it.” The nineteen site-specific installations and performances will feature international contemporary artists including:  Iván Argote, Steve Badgett and Chris Taylor, Nancy Baker Cahill, Cecilia Bengolea, Pia Camil, John Gerrard, Julian Hoeber, Jenny Holzer, Iman Issa, Mary Kelly, Armando Lerma, Eric N. Mack, Cinthia Marcelle, Postcommodity, Cara Romero, Sterling Ruby, Kathleen Ryan, Gary Simmons and Superflex.

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The Desert X program and map of the 2019 installations will be included in Palm Springs Life Magazine. In addition there will be three

Desert X Hubs where visitors can pick up a map, purchase a Desert X2017 catalog and view Encyclopedia (Desert X Edition),a new artificial intelligence created by Johannes Heldén in collaboration with Håkan Jonson. The Hubs are located at

82713 Miles Avenue Indio, 73660 El Paseo Palm Desert and the Ace Hotel & Swim Club, 701 E Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. There will also be public bus tours at $75.00, available every Saturday and Sunday at 9:00am and at 2:00pm. Complete information is available at desertx.org

Desert X Parallel Projects is an independent showcase of local artists from Joshua Tree to Pinyon Pines. Many of the planned installations will run at various locations through April.

Other installation projects are also emerging. Colliding Worlds Fine Art will feature #MeetMatilda #UBoreMe. The installation highlights the disconnect of the selfie world from the real world. “That these two worlds exist in spite of each other is amazing,” noted artist Angela Romeo. “We are caught up in the minutia of ‘me’ and have seemingly lost touch with other people. Matilda sits in her world of self. This self-absorption continues despite the ever-changing activity around her. She remains oblivious to all around her and is bored by the lack of activity that is not ‘her’. The public is invited to peer through the shades into Matilda’s world. They may attempt to interact with her or remain mesmerized by their own image.”

This installation runs through the end of April.  Colliding Worlds Fine Art Gallery is located 68-895 Perez Road, Unit I 13-14, Cathedral City.