Editor's Letter February 2012

New Heights This Season

Steven Biller

Eleven days of Modernism Week, a new international fine art fair, an important exhibition of photography, and an elite automobile show and auction make this the busiest February in years — and signal good times again in the Palm Springs area.

Palm Springs Life celebrates these events with stories to round out your experience at each of them. For instance, in addition to attending the Modernism Show & Sale and participating in Modernism Week events, you can read about Palm Springs Art Museum’s new Edwards Harris Center for Architecture and Design (“A Space for Design”), the rehabilitation of the only hotel designed by John Lautner (“Déjà New”), and the discovery of a modern gem in Palm Desert (“The Lost Krisel”).

In anticipation of the inaugural Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, I visited its art patron of the year, actor Cheech Marin, at his Malibu Beach house for my feature “The Funny Face of Chicano Art” and interviewed the fair’s career achievement award winner, artist Judy Chicago, for “L.A. Woman.”

Also at Palm Springs Convention Center on President’s Day weekend, Palm Springs Art Museum will host a free lecture on its Getty Foundation-sponsored exhibition, Backyard Oasis: The Swimming Pool in Southern California Photography 1945-1982. Read about it in "Breaking-the-Surface."

On the same weekend, Desert Classic Concours d’Elegance rolls into Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage. See “To Preserve and Collect.”

Enjoy the new heights of season!

In “Betting on Bighorn” (November 2011), Palm Springs Life misidentified the alma mater of pro golfer Jim Colbert, who graduated from Kansas State University.

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