Preview: Modernism Week Festival at Palm Springs

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Palm Springs has announced the schedule for the Modernism Week Fall Preview 2016, which will take place from 21 – 23 October. The weekend provides a taster of what visitors can expect from the 11-day Modernism Week festival in February 2017, and offers lovers of art, architecture and culture the opportunity to celebrate the city’s unique Modernist history.

One obvious perk of the Fall Preview weekend is the chance to visit US businessman Christopher Kennedy’s ‘Palm Springs Pad’, where public tours will be held on both the Saturday and Sunday, in addition to a preview party on the Friday evening.

Modernism Week is a frontrunner when it comes to educational enrichment, and the Fall Preview includes a thought-provoking series of talks and film screenings. The ever popular ‘Modernism with a Twist’ lectures return for 2016 and the Palm Springs Women’s Club will host a series of presentations including ‘Lost, Saved & Endangered’, from architectural expert Gary Johns, which looks at the preservation of important buildings; and ‘Palm Springs to Los Angeles and Back’ from author, historian and speaker Steven M. Price.

On the Saturday, the public is invited to attend a special dedication on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars for Robert Imber, a treasured local historian and founder of Palm Springs Modern Tours. Later on that evening, a cocktail reception will be held honouring famed Palm Springs architect E. Stewart Williams, where funds will be raised to nominate several of the prominent homes and buildings he designed for inclusion in the National register of Historic Places.

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As well as celebrating Mid-Century Modern architecture and design, and promoting the future of Desert Modern design, Modernism Week is also a charitable organisation which provides scholarships to local students, as well as giving grants to organisations, both in Palm Springs and more widely in California.

Tickets are on sale now for the Modernism Week Fall Preview 2016, and tickets for the 11-day Modernism Week festival, taking place from 16 – 26 February 2017, will go on sale in November 2016.

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About Charlotte Maxwell

Charlotte Maxwell is a Vada Magazine staff writer.