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Virtual Event: Palm Springs Annual Fundraising Event – Art Party

Palm Springs Art Museum has announced that it will be holding its biggest annual fundraising event, Art Party, online on December 4, 2020. This will be a digital version of the annual gala that was most recently held in January 2020 in the museum. Funds raised at this event go directly to support the museum’s operations, including its exhibition and education programs. The decision to go virtual was made to ensure the safety of our audiences due to the ongoing COVID-19 health concerns and to broaden the reach of the event beyond Palm Springs. The creative attraction of the evening will be the debut of a newly commissioned performative work by celebrated multidisciplinary artist Jeffrey Gibson.

“We’re excited to take our Art Party experience digital this year, which is an opportunity to engage people far beyond our museum’s physical space at a time when social gathering has fundamentally shifted,” says Louis Grachos, the museum’s JoAnn McGrath Executive Director/CEO. “Palm Springs Art Museum is delighted to have the opportunity to work with artist Jeffrey Gibson to commission a new work that will be presented on this occasion. Jeffrey is attuned to the time we are living in and the issues we face in our local communities and globally. Isolation, connection, interaction, and interdependence, as well as the social structures of race, gender, and economies, are all critical topics addressed in his work. We are inspired by his exploration of these timely topics, and hope to be able to acquire his new work for the museum’s collection.”

Gibson’s multidisciplinary practice takes a wide range of forms, including painting, sculpture, film, and performance. The artist draws on a variety of personal and political influences, including his Choctaw and Cherokee background, to create an evolving visual language that he uses to critique race, sexuality, religion, and gender, among other current socio-political issues. Combining references to popular and queer culture with Native American history and current events, Gibson explores the markers, traditions, and rituals of identity.

Based in Hudson, New York, Gibson is a recipient of a 2019 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” grant. A selection from his ongoing examination of transformational garments was included in the 2019 Whitney Biennial, and his recent exhibition Jeffrey Gibson: When Fire Is Applied to a Stone It Cracks was seen at the Brooklyn Art Museum, New York. He has had solo exhibitions at the Seattle Art Museum in Washington, the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas, and Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, among many other venues. His work has also been included in Desert X Biennial (2017); SITElines.2016: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas, SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico (2016); and Greater New York, MoMA PS1, New York (2015). His work is included in major public collections, including Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts; National Gallery of Canada, Ontario; and Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

This year’s event co-chairs are Craig Hartzman and Sally Kovler who took on the challenge of organizing the museum’s first-ever virtual fundraiser, which is designed to keep art at the center of the experience.

“While the challenge of producing a digital version of the museum’s Art Party is a big one, the committee has done a fantastic job of creating a virtual happening that will bring us all together in an innovative and creative way that celebrates Jeffrey Gibson’s work,” said Sally Kovler.

“This Virtual Art Party will be a unique experience for our viewers that will present Jeffrey Gibson’s extraordinary vision and help to make art accessible to our online audiences—not only those here in our Palm Springs community but to potential sponsors and participants anywhere around the world,” said Craig Hartzman.

Participation in Art Party is available through various support tiers, from Presenting Sponsor at $100,000 to Silver Sponsors at $5,000; individual tickets will also be sold as the event draws near. The evening will feature the debut presentation of Jeffrey Gibson’s new commission, created on the occasion of Art Party, as well as behind-the-scenes highlights of the creation of the work. The evening will be capped by a special entertainment performance.

Those interested in sponsorship can contact Sheri Broedlow, Chief Advancement Officer, Palm Springs Art Museum, at 760-322-4818 or,

For more information about Palm Springs Art Museum exhibitions, programs, and events, please visit or call (760) 322-4800.


Dec 04 2020


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