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Founder Dinner April 25 2015

photo: David A. Lee

We Could Not have Done It Without You!

We have had an amazing first season at the Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion! Our inaugural season was incredible and as of June 2015 we have enjoyed over 20,000 visitors to the newest branch of Palm Springs Art Museum. This success can be attributed to the incredible support from founders, members, museum staff, volunteers, lovers of architecture and design, tourists, and the community. 

Our season officially concluded with the Founders dinner - Masters of Modern: Honoring and Celebrating Our Founders. On a blustery day in April committee members and museum staff transformed the A+D Center Plaza area, aka the parking lot, into a decadent environment. The event, which was generously underwritten by Founder Donna MacMillan and Friend of A+D Center Harold Matzner, was magical! Playing off the museum’s architectural grid, 18 square tables were carefully placed over a sea of black AstroTurf. Every detail was considered to make the evening a celebration honoring this special group.

As we prepare for the next season I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your passionate support of the A+D Center. My door is always open and I welcome your input and feedback on how we are doing. You can reach me directly at 760-322-4897 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you for your passionate support of Palm Springs Art Museum and have a great summer.

See you in the fall!


Happy New Year Indeed!
By Michael Hinkle, Manager - Donor Relations and Operations

photo: Dan Chavkin

In 2014, Palm Springs Art Museum completed construction and launched the Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion. Since its opening in November, the museum has seen thousands of visitors and garnered worldwide attention. The incredibly successful marketing campaign has created a wave of momentum that we carry into 2015.


ESW Catalog

The An Eloquent Modernist: E. Stewart Williams, Architect catalog is available in The Bradford W. Bates Vault: The Museum Design Store (760-423-5264)  and the Museum Store (760-322-4830).


Zittel posing with a set of 'Stacks' in her studio Joshua Tree, California, 2014, photograph by Elena Ray

Museum visitors continue to marvel at the building’s rehabilitation and inaugural exhibition, E. Stewart Williams, An Eloquent Modernist, Architect. Did you hear the news from Architectural Record that the E. Stewart Williams catalogue, edited by Sidney Williams, made their 2014 Books Roundup? Modernism Week is right around the corner (do you have your tickets?) Look for extended hours, special book signings, and the Architecture and Design Council’s fundraiser Party Like its 1961. In the Trina Turk Gallery the exhibition, Eye on Design: Andrea Zittel’s Aggregated Stacks and the Collection of the Palm Springs Art Museum opens March 17 and runs through July 12. A recent article in Palm Springs Life titled, The Order of Things offers some insight into Zittel’s process and installation.

Visitors have embraced the unique objects, books, and jewelry being offered in the Bradford W. Bates Vault: The Museum Design Store. The A+D Center has also partnered with The Modern Tour, LLC (TCP-34310-A) in which attendees will “enjoy an intimate, exclusive curated tour of Palm Springs’ spectacular collection of midcentury modern architecture and design” guided by Michael Stern.

The excitement and accolades for the A+D Center are especially gratifying to the hard working team at the A+D Center and the entire Palm Springs Art Museum staff. These last few months have been amazing, but there is still much work to be done. In 2015 there are programs and ways to support the A+D Center – including joining the Architecture and Design Council (ADC) or consider joining Friends of the A+D Center where your support helps with operation costs – call 760-989-2212 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details on this program.

As we continue to improve our processes and enhance the visitor experience, we welcome your feedback. I look forward to seeing you soon at the A+D Center and at all Palm Springs Art Museum locations.

Wishing you a happy and safe 2015.


p.s. And don’t forget to LIKE us on our Facebook Page to get up to the moment news on exhibitions, events, and more!

Curator’s Report: Our Expanding Collection
By Sidney Williams, Curator of Architecture and Design

Sidney Williams Photo


Steven Ehrlich, Windward Circle Arts Building, Venice, CA, 1986, ink and zipatone on vellum

Steven Ehrlich, Windward Circle Arts Building, Venice, CA,1986, ink and zipatone on vellum

Eva Zeisel, Castleton China Co., Coffee Pot and Creamer, designed 1942-43

Eva Zeisel, Castleton China Co., Coffee Pot and Creamer, designed 1942-43

I am excited to report our architecture and design collection is growing in size and diversity. The Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees accepted fourteen new gifts or promised gifts at their November meeting. In this group are photographs, a mosaic, architectural drawings, mid-century pottery, chairs, and numerous design objects. 

Among these gifts are, two Campana Brothers chairs, a Billy Haines chair for the A. Quincy Jones-designed Brody House, and two chairs and an ottoman by Michael Boyd from his Plane Furniture series that will join the collection. A group of colorful objects designed by Alexander Girard for La Fonda del Sol restaurant in New York, a mid-50s mosaic by Evelyn Ackerman, and an important gift from the Kipp Collection of over fifty pieces of mid-century pottery enhance our design collection.

The pottery from the Kipp Collection contains examples from Pacific, Franciscan, Metlox, and Roselane Potteries with work by famous designers such as Russel Wright, Sascha Brastoff, La Gardo Tackett, Edith Heath, and Eva Zeisel. Each piece reflects the mid-century interest in functional and beautifully designed objects.

Also we are grateful and pleased to add two handsome drawings by Steven Ehrlich of his Windward Circle project in Venice, CA; two graphic renderings by Don Wexler of the Dinah Shore House and the Alexander Steel House Neighborhood; two graphite and colored charcoal drawings by Jennifer Siegal; and an ink drawing by Ron Radziner of the Desert House to our architecture holdings.

The addition of the Patrick McGrew Collection to our archive is a major boost as it includes over one thousand books on architecture and design, extensive computer files, historic nomination reports, and research materials relating to preservation. 

With the addition of these extraordinary objects, the archive study room and art storage vault at the Architecture and Design Center are greatly anticipated.