The Newly Opened A+D Center Will Feature 10 Days of Modernism Week Events

By Chris Clemens

Palm Springs Art Museum’s new Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion in downtown Palm Springs will make its thrilling debut to Modernism Week attendees just in time for the 10th Anniversary of the annual 10-day celebration of desert modernism, taking place February 12-22, 2015.

“With more than 45,000 people participating in Modernism Week, many of them from other states and numerous foreign countries, we are excited to provide them the opportunity to see our dazzling facility for the first time,” commented Sidney Williams, curator of architecture and design. “We have planned a full schedule of events to enhance the Modernism Week experience for our visitors.”

Among the events hosted by the A+D Center, in conjunction with the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Architecture and Design Council, is a symposium, tours, lectures, a glamorous party, and numerous book signings throughout Modernism Week. In addition, the A+D Center will have extended hours, 10AM to 8PM, February 13-19 and 22, which will allow for viewing of An Eloquent Modernist: E. Stewart Williams, Architect, which closes on Sunday, February 22.

The schedule of events is as follows:

Frey House ll Tours:

February 16 – 20

Daily: 8:30AM – 4:45PM

ADC Lectures:

February 17, 2-3PM Albert Frey: Zurich to New York City – Theme and Variations

February 18, 2-3PM Mon Petit Americain: Albert Frey and Paris, 1928


ADC Symposium:

February 21, 9AM-1:30PM Urban Visions and Public Space

Fundraising Party:

February 21, 8-11PM Party Like it’s 1961!


Book Signings:

February 13(all times to be determined):

Barbara Lamprecht Neutra: Complete Works and The Furniture of Richard Neutra

Alice Friedman: American Glamour and the Evolution of Modern Architecture

Sidney Williams: An Eloquent Modernist: E. Stewart Williams, Architect and Beth Harris

February 14:

1PM- Alan Hess Frank Lloyd Wright: Natural Design, Organic Architecture

Noon- Daniel Chavkin and Lisa Thackaberry: Hand in Hand – Ceramics, Mosaics, Tapestriesby and the California Mid-Century Designers Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman

February 15:

2PM Sidney Williams: An Eloquent Modernist: E. Stewart Williams, Architect

and  Lauren Bricker: Steel and Shade: The Architecture of Donald Wexler

February 16:

1PM Michael Stern: Julius Shulman Palm Springs

2PM Donald Albrecht: Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism

February 17:

2PM Gary Gand: Julius Shulman: Chicago Modern

February 18:

TBD Danny Heller Signing Collectible Postcards and Prints

February 19:

2PM Jack Lenor: Larsen LongHouse

February 20:

TBD James Schnepf: Palm Springs Living

February 21:

1PM Charles Montgomery: Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design

3PM Adele Cygelman: Palm Springs Modern

3PM Steven Ehrlich: Ehrlich Architects

February 22:

2PM Nancy Baron: The Good Life

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“We feel the variety of events we are presenting during Modernism Week will give the public a range of fun and stimulating ways to enjoy our wonderful museum,” said Williams. “Also, since we are housed in a 1961 Class 1 Historic Modern building, it will give our Modernism Week visitors a chance to learn about successful adaptive reuse of a historic site and Palm Springs’ architectural heritage in the process.”

Go to to become a member of Palm Springs Art Museum and have free access to the A+D Center all the time. Join the Architecture and Design Council and enjoy additional events and activities. Contact Bethany Morse at (760) 423-5265 or for more information regarding ADC.