Museum’s Three Locations Showcase a Variety of Mediums, Eras & Themes

Palm Springs Art Museum is kicking off the 2017—2018 season with a series of new, thought-provoking exhibitions at all three of its Coachella Valley locations, ranging range in discipline, technique, time period, and theme.  

“We’re looking forward to another exciting season full of fresh, engaging new exhibitions,” said Elizabeth Armstrong, Palm Springs Art Museum JoAnne McGrath Executive Director. “From our current kinetic art and mid-century modern architecture exhibitions to women in the glass movement and famous Childers and Warhol installations, these works are sure to leave a lasting impression.” 

At Palm Springs Art Museum:

Kinesthesia: Latin American Kinetic Art, 1954-1969, through January 15, 2018:


This exhibition represents the first in-depth examination of the pioneering role played by South American artists in the international Kinetic Art movement of the 1950s and ’60s. It is presented as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Supported by grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA continues through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California, from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, and from San Diego to Santa Barbara. PST: LA/LA is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America. Major support for this exhibition and publication is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation.

Mysteries of the Mesa: The Restoration of William Robinson Leigh’s ‘Thunder Mountain,’ through February 27, 2018:

William R. Leigh captured the magic and mystery of the sacred Dowa Yalanne (Thunder Mountain) on his first visit to Zuni Pueblo in 1906. This interactive project allows for question-and-answer segments as the public observes the conservator at work. Mysteries of the Mesa is supported in part by Gerald Peters of Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe and New York.    

No Glass Ceiling! Women Working in Glass, Part 1, through March 5, 2018:

From the beginning, women have been an integral part of the American studio glass movement, and in today’s global world of communication and collaboration, they continue to excel. This exhibition, the first part of a series, begins to portray the multiplicity of working styles and concepts that women working in the fluid medium of glass share with the rest of us. No Glass Ceiling! is supported by generous funding from the Brautigam Kaplan Foundation.   

Andy Warhol: Prints From The Collections Of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, March 3 – May 28, 2018: 

This retrospective encompasses over 250 works on loan from Schnitzer’s comprehensive collection, and establishes Warhol’s graphic production as it evolved over four decades. Support for Andy Warhol: Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, and related educational and outreach programs have been made possible by a grant from the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation. Additional generous support is provided by Renova Solar.    

Michael Childers: Having A Ball, January 13, 2017- May 28, 2018:

In the 1970s, Childers was a photographer for Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine, giving him access to the artist and his famous New York studio, The Factory. Childers’ photographs of Warhol from that period use subtle strategies of gesture, props, and doubling devises to go beyond the inscrutable icon that the artist cultivated, bringing to light his complicated personality.

At Palm Springs Architecture and Design Center:

Albert Frey And Lina Bo Bardi: A Search For Living Architecture, through January 7, 2018:

Also part of the Getty-led initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, this exhibition explores two visionary architects who critically expanded the meaning and practice of modern architecture, though the two never met. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America. Major support for this exhibition and publication is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation.

In Conversation: Alma Allen & J.B. Blunk, February 3 – June 4, 2018: 

This exhibition stages an encounter between two people who never met but whose work shares a deep affinity. The work of Alma Allen and J.B. Blunk blurs the line between design and sculpture, with both men creating evocative organic work from natural materials.

At Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, The Galen:

Bob Van Breda: Lost and Found, through January 28, 2018:

This exhibition features discarded industrial and natural objects that have been transformed into aesthetic forms by the artist — channeling his ongoing fascination with objects from everyday life.

Journey Through The Desert: The Road Less Traveled, February 17 – September 3, 2018:

The Road Less Traveled features works by approximately 20 American photographers that push the visual boundaries of desert photography in surprisingly new directions. The selection seeks to examine each photographer’s distinct visions and unique journeys through the American deserts of the West.

Exhibition season sponsors: Carol & Jim Egan, David Kaplan & Glenn Ostergaard, Dorothy C. Meyerman, Marion & Bob Rosenthal, and the Herman & Faye Sarkowsky Charitable Foundation. The Desert Sun is the exhibition media sponsor. Corporate Season Sponsors: Eisenhower Medical Center and Rapport International Furniture.

In addition to exciting exhibitions, the museum will continue its popular community programming including Free Second Sunday and Free Thursday 4 to 8 p.m. admission at the main location and A+D Center. Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert is always free and will continue its Wednesday farmer’s market and yoga in the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden, and the First Friday of the month celebrations will include jazz music and tours of the museum.

“Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color, and Space”
The Geffen Contemporary

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, located in downtown Palm Springs, features compelling art exhibitions, a vast permanent collection, and the Annenberg Theater, all in a 150,000 square foot, architecturally-significant building. Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion, features exhibitions and programming that explore the rich topics of architecture and design. Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert is an 8,400 square foot, Silver LEED-certified building named The Galen featuring rotating exhibitions and special collections. The Galen is surrounded by the four-acre Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden. Admission to the Palm Desert location is free, generously underwritten by Helene V. Galen.

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