Palm Springs Art Museum
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Current Exhibitions

Both Sides Now: Robert Heinecken Photograms

Both Sides Now: Robert Heinecken Photograms
05/23/15 – 07/31/15 - Marks Graphics Center And Jorgensen Gallery
Palm Springs Art Museum

Robert Heinecken (American, 1931-2006) was a pioneer in the exploration of media iconography as cultural critique. The Recto/Verso photograms (1989) are made without the use of camera or film. A single page is appropriated from a mass-circulation magazine, placed in direct contact with color photographic paper, and exposed to light. The resulting image superimposes the visual and verbal information from the front (recto) and back (verso) of the magazine page. No collage, manipulation, or other handwork is employed.

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Our History: Celebrating 25 Years of the Fine Arts Creativity Awards Program

Our History: Celebrating 25 Years of the Fine Arts Creativity Awards Program
05/08/15 – 07/26/15
Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert

Beginning in 1990, the museum has worked with public and private high schools throughout the Coachella Valley and College of the Desert to present a juried exhibition called the Fine Arts Creativity Awards. Each year, students submit artworks that address an exhibition theme and entries are juried by museum professionals and practicing artists.

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Taking Shape: Modern Works from the Permanent Collection

Taking Shape: Modern Works from the Permanent Collection
03/28/15 – 07/31/15 - Joseph Clayes III Wing
Palm Springs Art Museum

These galleries present the museum's primary collection of works by international modern artists in Europe and the Americas. In the 1960s, a group of famous national collectors who had winter residences in the Palm Springs area initiated a gifting program to establish the museum's holdings. These collectors - including Lenore and Walter Annenberg, Lionel Bauman, Joseph H. Hirshhorn, Raymond Loewy, Walter N. Marks, Seymour Oppenheimer, and Lucile and Ted Weiner - solicited friends and artists for significant donations of modern art in response to the museum's newly focused interest in fine art. To name just a few, donations included works by artists such as Alexander Archipenko, Milton Avery, Hans Burkhardt, Alexander Calder, Russell Cowles, Lorser Feitelson, Willem de Kooning, Pablo Picasso, and Theodore Stamos. In addition, the museum installed important works belonging to the Weiners, owners of the first major collection of European modern sculpture in the Southwest.

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Eye on Design: Andrea Zittel's Aggregated Stacks and the Collection of the  Palm Springs Art Museum

Eye on Design: Andrea Zittel's Aggregated Stacks and the Collection of the Palm Springs Art Museum
03/14/15 – 07/26/15
Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion

With an eye to considering the role of design in our lives, this exhibition combines commissioned original works by internationally known high desert artist and Joshua Tree resident Andrea Zittel and objects from the museum's permanent collection. Working in collaboration with the museum's curators, Zittel selects items from the museum's holdings, which she integrates into an installation environment of her own design. Zittel describes her practice as rooted in everyday life.

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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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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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Contemporary Glass

Contemporary Glass
11/22/14 – 07/31/15 - 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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