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July 30th, 2016 – June 18th, 2018
Palm Springs Art Museum, Denney Western American Art Wing

Modern America can be understood through the rich visual cultures that emerged from two co-existing perspectives. In the 1950s and 1960s many Americans yearned for a simpler time and looked to the ideals and traditions of the American West, following the hardships of World War II. At the same time others gazed toward a future buoyed by technology and economic growth.

September 10th, 2016 – June 18th, 2018
Palm Springs Art Museum, Denney Western American Art Wing
Dreams of the West are anchored to the distinctive landscapes of the region, spanning from vast plains and desert dunes in Arizona to verdant hills and wondrous mountain ranges in California. The potential promise and peril of the West created a wealth of stories featuring the adventurers and dreamers who populate the landscape and cross its borders. Their experiences, as depicted in the artwork on view here . . .

September 15th, 2016 – June 18th, 2018
Palm Springs Art Museum, Denney Western American Art Wing
For centuries Native Americans have cultivated and harvested various native plants and roots, from the arid deserts of the Southwest to the wooded forests of the Northwest, weaving them into magnificent baskets.

February 25th, 2017 – May 1st, 2018
Palm Springs Art Museum

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Jeffrey Gibson, born in 1972 in Colorado, is a featured artist in the inaugural presentation of Desert X, the international art biennial in the Coachella Valley. He is repurposing a decommissioned turbine blade from a windmill that will be installed to rise out of the museum’s lower-level sculpture garden. The blade will be 52 feet tall and painted to contain the phrases “We are living!” “I am alive,” “You are alive,” and “They are alive.”

May 20th – December 23rd, 2017
Palm Springs Art Museum, Clayes Wing
Enjoy a reinstallation of the museum’s foundational collection of works by international modern artists in Europe and the Americas. In the 1960s, a group of renowned collectors with winter residences in the Palm Springs area initiated a gifting program to establish the museum’s holdings.

August 26th, 2017 – January 15th, 2018
Palm Springs Art Museum, Annenberg Wing
This exhibition is the first in-depth examination of the pioneering roleplayed by South American artists in the international Kinetic Art movement of the 1950s and 1960sGrounded by scholarly research into experimental art movements of the late 1940s and early 1950s in Buenos Aires, Caracas, and Rio de Janeiro . . .

September 9th, 2017 – January 7th, 2018
Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center
As part of the Getty-led initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, the Museum’s contribution is an unprecedented exploration of two visionary architects who critically expanded the meaning and practice of modern architecture. Though the two did not meet . . .

September 16th – November 30th, 2017
Palm Springs Art Museum, Chase Wing


Drawn from Palm Springs Art Museum’s permanent collection, these images by Latinx and Latin-American artists are a photographic counterpoint to the two exhibitions that are currently on view as part of Pacific Standard Time LA:LA. These photographers hail from various countries and cultural perspectives. 

October 7th – December 10th, 2017
Palm Springs Art Museum, Jorgensen Gallery and Marks Graphics Center





October 14th, 2017 – March 5th, 2018
Palm Springs Art Museum, Kaplan-Ostergaard Glass Center


Women have played an integral part in the American studio glass movement from the beginning and in today’s global world of communication and collaboration, women continue to excel.  This exhibition, Part 1 of a series, begins to portray the multiplicity of working styles and concepts that women working in the fluid medium of glass, share with the rest of us.  

October 26th, 2017 – February 27th, 2018
Palm Springs Art Museum, Denney Western American Art Wing, Leo S. Singer Gallery
When East Coast artist William R. Leigh (1866-1955) embarked on his first tour of the West in 1906, he recorded in his notebook that his visit to the Zuni Pueblo was like “a waking dream… of endless beauty.” Upon viewing the sacred Dowa Yalanne (Thunder Mountain), a prominent feature near the pueblo, he described it as “…bathed in the magical light of the red, low sun while the town and the plains were already in shadow.”  

November 3rd, 2017 – January 28th, 2018
Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, The Galen
Bob Van Breda’s Lost and Found is an immersive exhibition featuring discarded industrial and natural objects that have been transformed into aesthetic forms by the artist’s eye and hand.