Palm Springs Art Museum invites locals, visitors, and members of the Architecture and Design Council to attend the event íBienvenidos Modernistas! on Saturday, October 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the new Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion.

The new Architecture and Design Center officially opens to the public November 9, and will be the hub of the museum’s exploration of architecture and design, while housing related exhibitions and educational and community programs. The building was originally designed by the acclaimed architect E. Stewart Williams in 1961 and was one of the most important architects of the Desert Modern style, developed in and around Palm Springs in the middle of the 20th century.

Attendees at íBienvenidos Modernistas! have the unique opportunity to experience the museum prior to its opening in November, and prior to the installation of the first exhibition. The event features a Barcelona-style celebration with authentic Spanish tapas, cava, and white sangria. Guests will enjoy live music by Machin’ performing their unique “Spanglish Jive,” a rich Latin-influenced eclectic fusion of ska, reggae, cumbia, gypsy and dance music. A highlight of the evening includes Trina Turk’s informal fashion show with five models showcasing the designer’s stylish fashions.

For those not yet members of the Architecture and Design Council, this is a unique opportunity to attend a party at the newest museum building, while at the same time becoming a member of the largest art council at the Palm Springs Art Museum.

Sponsors of the event include Phillips, Freixenet, Tapeña, Catalan restaurant, the Tourism Office of Spain in Los Angeles, and Trina Turk.

Tickets for this event are $75 for Architecture and Design Council members and $100 for non-members – which then includes a membership to the Architecture and Design Council, giving special access to ongoing programming and events during the 2014 – 2015 season. Tickets may be purchased at The Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion is located at 300 South Palm Canyon Drive.

The Palm Springs Art Museum is the largest cultural institution in the Coachella Valley and includes three locations in Palm Springs and Palm Desert. The flagship building is located in downtown Palm Springs and features compelling art exhibitions and a vast permanent collection, all on view in a 150,000 square foot, architecturally-significant building. The soon-to-open Architecture and Design Center will feature exhibitions and programming that explore the rich topics of architecture and design. The Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert is an 8,400 square foot, Silver LEED-certified building named The Galen that presents changing exhibitions and collections. It is surrounded by the four-acre Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden that features more than ten important sculpture works. For more information, call 760-322-4800, visit, and follow the Museum on Facebook, Twitter and InstaGram.

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