Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Desert
Edwards Harris Center

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Current Exhibitions

Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu

Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu
02/25/15 – 05/24/15 - Annenberg Wing
Palm Springs Art Museum

Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu is the first comprehensive survey of the artwork of Hung Liu?one of the most prominent Chinese painters working in the United States today. Featuring more than 65 works, including 34 large-scale paintings as well as personal ephemera such as photographs, sketch books, and informal painting studies from private and public collections around the world, the exhibition celebrates Liu's career accomplishments and includes work completed in China before the artist arrived in the U.S.

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Personalities: Fantasy and Identity in Photography and New Media

Personalities: Fantasy and Identity in Photography and New Media
01/17/15 – 05/03/15
Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert

Using the diverse aesthetic traditions of portraiture as points of departure, this exhibition explores the representational power of photography from its origins in the nineteenth century to its digital forms in the present. Drawing from the museum's permanent collection as well as on loan from artists and Private Collectors, Personalities emphasizes the unique characteristics of the photographic image to shape both the identity of a photographed sitter and a viewer's sense of a subject's persona. This exhibition examines how the careful art of the portrait can dive deeply into an individual's soul, but can also be manipulated to create personalities that exist beyond the realms of the real.

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Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold

Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold
12/20/14 – 05/31/15 - Marilyn and Bruce Throckmorton Mezzanine
Palm Springs Art Museum

Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold, a group of sculptures by the Chinese artist/provocateur. The installation consists of 12 gold gilded bronze heads - a rat, an ox, a tiger, a rabbit, a dragon, a snake a horse, a sheep, a monkey, a rooster, a dog, and a pig - each a representative symbol from the Chinese zodiac. The heads measure between approximately 20 and 30 inches high and are based on twelve zodiac heads originally located at the Yuan Mingyuan (Old Summer Palace), a monumental complex of gardens and palaces northeast of Beijing that was destroyed by fire in October of 1860 by British and French troops. Ai Weiwei has attempted to recreate a set of zodiac heads that were once part of an ornate clock and fountain on the grounds of the destroyed Summer Palace. The original heads had been made by Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1766), an Italian Jesuit who, while living in China executed a number of commissions for the Chinese emperor in the 18th century.

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Jennifer Karady: In Country, Soldiers' Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan

Jennifer Karady: In Country, Soldiers' Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan
12/13/14 – 03/29/15 - Marks Graphics Center And Jorgensen Gallery
Palm Springs Art Museum

Artist Jennifer Karady has developed a series of photographs that relate the experiences of U.S. veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan while making evident the human cost of their service to the country. Her narrative photographs begin with personal histories gleaned through an extensive interview process with the soldiers and their families. Her images capture the conditions of warfare that fighting an insurgency has created through dramatic portraits that reveal the psychological moments when combat memories and everyday civilian life collide.

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Contemporary Glass

Contemporary Glass
11/22/14 – 11/01/15 - Denney Western American Art Wing
Palm Springs Art Museum

This exhibition presents a wide variety of glass sculptures and techniques ranging from casting to glass blowing and other creative methods. In content and meaning, diverse styles and subjects range from the narrative and figurative to the natural world and the exploration of color in space.

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