Think the Palm Springs Art Museum is just a place to get out of the heat for the day? Think again. With revolving and permanent displays, a theater and three different sites, there is always something happening at the Palm Springs Art Museum.
The Palm Springs Art Museum
Having outgrown the original 10,000 square foot building in the late 60's, the Palm Springs Art Museum (at a constant 75 degrees if you must know) has a huge theater, classrooms, a lecture hall, a 1,000 square foot store, and a very popular cafe. While the museum used to be multi-disciplinary, the focus has shifted to being a world class museum with an amazing theater program. If you are looking for Western art, Contemporary art, Photography, Architecture, and more, you'll love going through the 28 galleries. And if you're out and about on Thursday evening, admission to the Museum is FREE from 4pm-8pm.
Save the date - the fabulous Modernism Week FALL PREVIEW is set for October 21-23, 2016, kicking off Palm Springs' active social and recreational season. The preview will showcase midcentury modern design, fashion, art, architecture, and culture of the Palm Springs area.
This highly anticipated event will be held at various locations throughout the Palm Springs area and is a preview of the Modernism Week festival scheduled for February 16-26, 2017. The fall preview will feature some of the best events planned for the upcoming February festival - visit notable architectural sites on walking or bike tours; enjoy fabulous home tours; mingle at festive cocktail parties; attend interesting lectures; view classic cars; enjoy a Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour and visit the Modernism Show & Sale. There are so many diverse things to do, it'll be a Columbus Day weekend you'll always remember.
The progressive design of midcentury modern architecture emphasizes linear simplicity that so many people find desirable today. Built between 1945 and 1975, these structures take many different forms, from homes to gas stations.
Midcentury architecture is particularly popular among baby boomers, whose childhood memories revolve around events involving these vintage structures. Its transparent, honest simplicity of design is also highly appreciated in a sort of backlash way against the complex technology-driven, fast-paced contemporary world we live in.
You can find plenty of midcentury architecture in Palm Springs - here are a few places to explore as they take you back to another time.
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, also called The Palm Springs Tram, is the epitome of midcentury design. Completed in 1963, it not only gives you an ideal view of midcentury modern architecture, it also affords the best aerial views of the Greater Palm Springs area. The ride from the Valley Station takes you to the Mountain Station, both of which were designed by important midcentury architects.
If you're looking for something unique to do in the Coachella Valley, the Palm Springs Thursday Night Village Fest is a great way to enjoy a favorite outdoor event for both locals and visitors alike.
This weekly street fair presents a variety of artists, entertainers, artisans and special events; at the same time, you can have fun perusing (and enjoying!) a wide selection of jewelry, snacks, flowers, sweets, and fresh fruits and veggies. And the location is ideal - right in the heart of downtown Palm Springs between Amado and Baristo Roads on Palm Canyon Drive, a street world famous for its restaurants, shops, clubs and other entertainment spots that add to the excitement of Village Fest. With all this to offer, it's easy to understand why Thursday Night Village Fest is one of the most popular events in Palm Springs!