ADC Fundraiser Cocktail Party: Kaptur the Moment!

23 February 2019 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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The Palm Springs Art Museum’s Architecture and Design Council (ADC) will celebrate its annual night of revelry on February 23, which will coincide with Modernism Week and a new exhibition at the Architecture and Design Center.

This year’s party theme “Kaptur the Moment!” salutes visionary Coachella Valley architect Hugh Kaptur, whose mid-century modern style is the subject of the Architecture and Design Center’s forthcoming exhibition, Hugh Kaptur: Organic Desert Architecture opening on February 2.

This year’s event will be a swinging “block party” on a new cul-de-sac of three stunning Hugh Kaptur homes called Kaptur Court, located in the Little Tuscany neighborhood of Palm Springs. Each of the three homes will be open to guests. Revelers will dance to tunes by the Gand Band, sip premium-label cocktails and savor the gastronomic feats of restauranteur Willie Rhine of Eight4Nine Restaurant. Like past ADC galas, there will be surprises. The guest of honor will be Hugh Kaptur himself.



Another highlight of ADC fundraisers are live auctions focusing on once-in-a-lifetime architectural experiences. Auctioneer Donald Osborne will be seeking bids on “Three Nights in Seattle,” “Three Nights in Boston,” and “Two Nights in LA,” all three including private architectural city tours and hosted parties, as well as a Palm Springs lunch and tour with Hugh Kaptur, and dinner for eight at Frey House II. In addition to these experiences, there will be an auction of “Luna” patio furniture, donated by Yardbird.


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Hugh Kaptur: Organic Desert Architecture will be the Palm Springs Art Museum’s first exhibition of Kaptur’s body of work and reinforces the A+D Center’s commitment to telling the story of Palm Springs architecture and design. In 2015, Kaptur gifted his archive of architectural drawings, models, slides, and other materials to the Center, and many of the archival materials will be included in the exhibition.

Though in his 80s, Kaptur remains a practicing architect. He completed Kaptur Court in 2016, and is currently renovating Fire Station 4 on La Verne Way, which he designed in 1974. The bulk of his work is in the mid-20th century modern style. He is the last of the Palm Springs notables that include Albert Frey, E. Stewart Williams, Donald Wexler and William Krisel.



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ADC and PSAM Members: $175

Non Members: $200

Tickets at the Door: $200.00 



Thank you to our sponsors: 


Jane Emison and Mike Tierney, The Family of Frank Sinatra, Vicki and Bill Hood, Donna MacMillan, Sarah J. McElroy, MiShell Modern and M. Jay Nailor, Chuck Steinman and John Marksbury, Emily Summers, and Hugh Wakeham and Kevin Naddaf


Catering Support Provided by

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Corporate Sponsorship Provided by

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Photos courtesy of Chuck Steinman. 2018.