Modernism Week 2020 Scheduled Event
Modernism Week’s signature festival will take place February 13-23, 2020 and highlights midcentury modern architecture, art, interior and landscape design, and vintage culture in the Palm Springs area of Southern California. Now in its 15th year, the annual 11-day festival will feature more than 350 events including the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale, tours of iconic homes in more than 30 neighborhoods, and the popular Signature Home Tour on both weekends. Also offered are architectural walking, biking and double-decker bus tours, tours of the historic Annenberg Estate at Sunnylands, a classic car show, garden tours, nightly parties, and a special series of compelling and informative talks. All events are open to the public, and many events are free or low cost.
Tickets go on sale at 12 PM PST on Friday, November 1, 2019 at modernismweek.com
Events Include Architectural Tours, Talks, and Parties
PALM SPRINGS, CA (December 9, 2019) – Modernism Week Featured events are February 13-23, 2020. The festival highlights midcentury modern architecture, art, interior and landscape design, and vintage culture in the Palm Springs area of Southern California. Now in its fifteenth year, the annual 11-day festival will feature nearly 400 events, including the newly added tours, talks and special events. The new events were added to the Modernism Week web site on December 1. Additional events will be added in the next few weeks.
Newly Added Tours
Tours of homes and neighborhoods are some of the most popular events. Recently several new tours were added to the schedule:
“Cheap and Thin”: Neutra and Frank Lloyd Wright
February 17, 9 AM
$12 (1 hr)
Frank Lloyd Wright was insulted that Neutra was in the 1932 Museum of Modern Art’s ‘International Style’ exhibition. He wrote that Neutra’s work was “cheap and thin.” Dr. Raymond Neutra explains.
And Then There’s Mod: Marrakesh at Midcentury
February 18, 7 times from 12:00 PM to 3 PM
$85 (1.5 hrs)
Marrakesh Country Club
Rarely open to the outside world, Marrakesh Country Club is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a tour of six homes, with decors ranging from intact 1970 Pop Artful and Mad Moroccan Mod to High Regency Glam and the Wow of Now. Designed by the undisputed master of the Hollywood Regency style, John Elgin Woolf, the 364 “little pink palaces” on 155 rolling green acres, with its whimsical outbuildings and almost surrealistically lush landscape, Marrakesh is truly the “Jewel of the Desert.”
Architecturally Speaking: The new College of the Desert campus in Palm Springs
February 21, 10:30 AM
Free Ticketed Event (1.5 hrs)
Architecturally Speaking: Learn all about the new world-class and innovative College of the Desert campus in Palm Springs.
Tour of the Newly Rediscovered Lawrence Welk Estate
February 22, various times from 9 AM to 12:30 PM
$40 (30 min)
Enjoy a tour of American band leader Lawrence Welk’s artfully restored 1952 midcentury modern home in the historic El Mirador neighborhood.
La Dolce Vita! A Day in Old Pompeii the Roman Way
February 22, 5 times from 9 AM to 2 PM
$50 (1 hr)
Explore a rare Midcentury, Roman Revival complex in this historic Old Las Palmas neighborhood.
Newly Added Special Events
50th Anniversary of “Poolside Gossip”
February 22, 4 PM
$50 (3 hrs)
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the iconic Slim Aarons photograph “Poolside Gossip” with one of the original subjects, Nelda Linsk, while enjoying cocktails, light bites and a special photo op.
Modernism Yard Sale
February 23, Free (8 AM – Noon)
This annual vintage flea market sale produced by Modern Bear and hosted by H3K Home has become one of Modernism Week’s most popular free events.
Newly Added Talks
Educational Programming is one of Modernism Week’s core components. In addition to the wide range of talks already offered in the 2019 festival, several new talks have been added: