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In Conversation: Alma Allen & J.B. Blunk

03 February – 08 July 2018
Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center

In Conversation: Alma Allen and J.B. Blunk stages an encounter between two people who never met but whose work shares a deep affinity. The work of Alma Allen and J.B. Blunk blurs the line between design and sculpture, with both men creating evocative organic work from natural materials.  

Alma Allen (b. 1970) is a sculptor and designer who until recently was based in Joshua Tree. On view will be early work including small objects as well as furniture and new sculptural works. J.B. Blunk (1926–2002), who was based in Inverness, CA, began making work in 1962 and his practice encompassed ceramics and furniture and sculpture in redwood and cypress. Both men designed their own homes and studios as well as many of the furnishings and objects in them. The exhibition also features photographs by Lisa Eisner and Leslie Williamson, creating a parallel conversation between the work of these two contemporary photographers.

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This exhibition is organized by Palm Springs Art Museum and curated by Brooke Hodge, Director of Architecture and Design, with generous support from Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Council (ADC), Harold B. Matzner, Blum & Poe, New York/Los Angeles/Tokyo, L.J. Cella, Ace Hotel & Swim Club, and Clinton Hill/Allen Tran Foundation.

Additional funding is provided by Aileen & Bryan Cooke, Geoffrey De Sousa & Jose Manuel Alorda, David Knaus, Roswitha Kima Smale, and Trina Turk & Jonathan Skow.

Exhibition Season Sponsors: Carol & Jim Egan, David Kaplan & Glenn Ostergaard, Dorothy C. Meyerman, Marion & Bob Rosenthal, and the Herman & Faye Sarkowsky Charitable Foundation.  The Desert Sun is the exhibition media sponsor.


Photo credit [left to right]: Alma Allen with his robotic arm in Joshua Tree, California, 2014, photograph by Lisa Eisner; J.B. Blunk, 1978, photograph by Mike Conway (c) J.B. Blunk Estate. 

Related Public Programs:

March 15, 2018

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Join us in the Annenberg Theater where Brooke Hodge, director of Architecture and Design and the curator of In Conversation: Alma Allen and J.B. Blunk, will lead a discussion of the lives and work of the two California-based designers/sculptors, whose evocative works in organic materials share a deep affinity.
This lecture is free and open to the public.
Thank you to our 2017-18 ADC Lecture Series Sponsors!

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Linda Usher & Malcolm Lambe, Dorothy C. Meyerman, Roswitha Kima Smale,

and Ray Warman & Dan Kiser.

April 8th, 2018 

2:00 - 4:00 PM, Free

Please join us at the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center for a very special Tea Ceremony.