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Desert X Returns to Palm Springs Until April 21

Desert X is a collections of art installations that pop up in Palm Springs and throughout the Coachella Valley every two years. The current run is happening now through April 21. All of the installations are free and open to the public, and many are located outdoors. This year there are 19 artists displaying their work. Many are sculptural, some are avant garde, and one uses your smart phone to create a fanciful augmented reality experience using your smart phone.

Start by downloading the Desert X smartphone app, or swing by the Ace Hotel for a printed guide to all the art. Both will give you GPS coordinates so you can find the installations on your own. You can also find out information about guided van tours on the Desert X website at www.desertx.org.

Western Flag by John Gerrard

Also, check out this link to a good write-up of the project and some recommendations for the best ones to check out. LA Times Desert X

If you are staying in Palm Springs, you can do it casually and pick two or three a day to go see. Much of the art is in and around town, and even the ones out in the desert are only minutes from town. Some are further out, towards the Salton Sea. If you do that, also check out my list of other activities you can do in the High Desert and Salton Sea area. Click Here

Ghost Palm by Kathleen Ryan

Desert X

Where: Various sites in the Coachella Valley; guidebook and map at Ace Hotel, 701 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; 73660 El Paseo, Palm Desert; and 82713 Miles Ave., Indio.

When: Through April 21

Information: desertx.org

The Palm Springs Art Museum Is Free On Thursday Nights

The City of Palm Springs Public Arts Commission believes that everyone should have access to art, so they have arranged to make admission to the Palm Springs Art Museum free for everyone on Thursdays (Summer hours are 12pm – 8pm). 

Palm Springs may be a small town, but our art museum is world class. The building was designed in 1974 by acclaimed mid-century architect E. Stewart Williams and it is stunning. Inside you will find major collections of modern and contemporary art, glass, photography, architecture and design and Native American and Western art. There are two outdoor sculpture gardens, a café, and a museum store that includes one-of-a-kind gifts and art-related merchandise. The museum has exhibited art by such notables as Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Ansel Adams, Roy Lichtenstein, and Marc Chagall. Check the website for current exhibitions.

Beat the heat and enjoy a cool afternoon perusing some amazing art, all for free. You can go across the street and buy some ice cream with all the money you saved!

As an added bonus, the Palm Springs Museum of Architecture and Design Center is also free all day Thursday (from 12pm – 5pm). You will find it at Palm Canyon and Baristo not very far from the Art Museum. 

Palm Springs Art Musem

101 Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262

760-322-4800

 

Art Palm Springs returns February 16-19, 2018

Art Palm Springs is the premier art fair in the Southwest presenting post-war and contemporary art. The seventh annual edition will bring nearly 80 galleries from Asia, Europe, North and South America representing hundreds of artists to the Palm Springs Convention Center. The event goes on all weekend with a VIP reception on Thursday night.

Information and tickets are available here: http://www.art-palmsprings.com

 

Photo credit: L. Garfield