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Past Exhibitions

ACE: Artists Council Exhibition

ACE: Artists Council Exhibition
10/11/14 – 12/07/14 - Marks Graphics Center And Jorgensen Gallery
Palm Springs Art Museum

ACE: 2014, produced by the Artists Council, will be the annual juried exhibition and sale of artworks created by Artists Council members. Art works are for sale valued between $500 and $6,000, with 50% of the proceeds going to the museum?s educational programs and 50% going to the artist.

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Master Works on Loan

Master Works on Loan
06/21/14 – 09/30/14 - Joseph Clayes III Wing
Palm Springs Art Museum

Again this summer, the Palm Springs Art Museum is privileged to present a selection of outstanding paintings that offer visitors a glimpse of the brilliant artistic experimentation that roiled the established art world from the late 1880s through the turn of the 20th century. Get out of the sun and come inside the museum to absorb the colors of Renoir, Frankenthaler, Ruscha, and Rothko.

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California Dreamin': Thirty Years of Collecting

California Dreamin': Thirty Years of Collecting
03/08/14 – 07/31/14 - Annenberg Wing
Palm Springs Art Museum

"California Dreamin': Thirty Years of Collecting" includes art works purchased by the Palm Springs Art Museum with funds provided by the Contemporary Art Council and other contributors since 1984. The acquisitions were created by contemporary artists who worked in California or were influenced by spending some time in California during their artistic careers. The artworks are multi-faceted, including paintings, works on paper, sculpture, ceramics, and photography.

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Recline/Design: Art and the Aesthetics of Repose

Recline/Design: Art and the Aesthetics of Repose
02/15/14 – 08/31/14
Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert

The human body is a classic source of inspiration for artists of all genres, and it is also the unit of measure in furniture design.

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Into the Future: New Gifts to Commemorate the Museum's 75th Anniversary

Into the Future: New Gifts to Commemorate the Museum's 75th Anniversary
01/25/14 – 05/25/14 - Joseph Clayes III Wing
Palm Springs Art Museum

This exhibition features gifts and promised gifts in honor of the museum's 75th Anniversary. Following Donna MacMillan's lead gift of a commissioned sculpture by contemporary Chinese artist Zhan Wang for the entrance to the building, donors have committed significant works that fill important gaps in the collection and elevate its overall quality.

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Secrets of the Sun: Stephen H. Willard Photographs of the West

Secrets of the Sun: Stephen H. Willard Photographs of the West
12/14/13 – 04/06/14 - Marks Graphics Center
Palm Springs Art Museum

Embodying the ideals and vision of the American West, this exhibition presents the work of landscape photographer Stephen Hallet Willard (1894-1966). In his lifetime, Willard produced thousands of photographs documenting areas of the West few Americans had seen or visited including the deserts, valleys, canyons and mountains of California, Arizona, New Mexico.

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Contemporary Glass

Contemporary Glass
11/16/13 – 11/02/14 - Denney Western American Art Wing
Palm Springs Art Museum

The center is installed with glass sculptures that have special aesthetic properties and show a range of glass techniques from casting, fusing, slumping, and lampworking to glass blowing and other creative methods. In content and meaning, diverse subjects range from the narrative and figurative to the natural world and the exploration of color in space.

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Galen at The Galen

Galen at The Galen
11/02/13 – 02/02/14
Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert

This exhibition features the finest examples from Helene Galen's art collection and includes paintings, sculpture, and photographs that she began collecting with her late husband Lou. Artworks by leading modern and contemporary artists such as Milton Avery, Lee Krasner, Ansel Adams, Tom Wesselmann, and Nick Cave are included.

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Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953-1966

Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953-1966
10/26/13 – 02/16/14 - Annenberg Wing
Palm Springs Art Museum

Richard Diebenkorn achieved national and international acclaim during his lifetime and is considered one of California's finest 20th century artists. His work has been the subject of several retrospective exhibitions, numerous smaller exhibitions, and many articles and critical reviews. This exhibition will be the first to examine the productive period between 1953 to 1966 while Diebenkorn and his family lived in Berkeley, California. It was a remarkable period of exploration and innovation in his art marked by vivid abstract landscapes characterizing the rich, natural conditions of the Bay Area, followed by a sudden shift to a representational style that played a leading role in the Bay Area Figurative Movement, which finally gave way again to abstraction after the artist's move to southern California in 1966.

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George Catlin's American Buffalo

George Catlin's American Buffalo
10/01/13 – 12/29/13 - Joseph Clayes III Wing
Palm Springs Art Museum

George Catlin's American Buffalo exhibits forty paintings dating from 1832 to 1848 from the artist's original "Indian Gallery." The exhibition includes eleven full-length portraits of Plains Indians and twenty-nine paintings of his observation of buffalo and their integration into all aspects of Native American life. These paintings are from the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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Made in the USA -- from Abstract Expressionists to Color Field Painters

Made in the USA -- from Abstract Expressionists to Color Field Painters
06/29/13 – 09/29/13 - Annenberg Wing
Palm Springs Art Museum

This exhibition, drawn from the museum's permanent collection, contrasts the style of Abstract Expressionists (a style developed after 1945 by a group of New York artists working in an abstract style) with Color-field painting, which followed in the mid-1950s as an extension of Abstract Expressionism.

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Picasso and Master Impressionists

Picasso and Master Impressionists
06/29/13 – 09/01/13 - Annenberg Wing
Palm Springs Art Museum

Again this summer, the Palm Springs Art Museum is privileged to present a selection of outstanding Impressionist paintings that offer visitors a glimpse of the brilliant artistic experimentation that roiled the established art world from the late 1880s through the turn of the 20th century.

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Across Dimensions: Graphics and Sculpture from the Permanent Collection

Across Dimensions: Graphics and Sculpture from the Permanent Collection
06/22/13 – 10/20/13
Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert

Artists often work with different kinds of media, even though they may be better known primarily for one mode of expression. Taking the museum's installation of permanent collection sculpture in the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden as a point of departure, this exhibition considers the creative drive to work in a variety of formats

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Insights into Architecture

Insights into Architecture
05/25/13 – 10/06/13 - Marks Graphics Center And Jorgensen Gallery
Palm Springs Art Museum

This exhibition is inspired by Ezra Stoller (1915-2004), a student of both architecture and industrial design, who began his career as a photographer in the late 1930s. His 1939 World's Fair, Finnish Pavilion, Queens, New York, designed by Alvar Aalto, launched his career and his recognition as an acute observer of space and form. His photographs of work by architects Frank Lloyd Wright, Eero Saarinen, Louis Kahn, and Marcel Breuer demonstrate his finely tuned sensitivity to light and shadow, translucency and solid form. Each of Stoller's photographs is a study of the architect's expression of modern architecture, as crisp as the buildings themselves.

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Rauschenberg at Gemini

Rauschenberg at Gemini
03/16/13 – 07/28/13 - Annenberg Wing
Palm Springs Art Museum

From 1967 through 2001, Robert Rauschenberg produced more than 250 different prints at Gemini G.E.L. Rauschenberg transformed what a print multiple was, not only in scale, but in how variable one print in a single edition could be from another; in how many physical dimensions it could have; in how many media a single multiple could involve; and in how the viewer could interact with the multiple and make it different. No other artist has pushed the boundaries of printmaking as much as Rauschenberg.

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Roger Ballen Photography

Roger Ballen Photography
03/16/13 – 07/28/13 - New Media Gallery
Palm Springs Art Museum

Originally born and raised in New York City, Roger Ballen has lived in South Africa since receiving his Ph.D. in Mineral Economics in 1981. Initially his work as a geologist took him to the country's rural communities. Fascinated by the uncertain and precarious conditions he found, he began photographing people in small towns at the margins of society. Ballen documented these residents through a series of unsettling portraits that reveal the human condition even as his subjects exhibit idiosyncratic manners and habits.

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Beg Borrow and Steal

Beg Borrow and Steal
02/13/13 – 06/02/13 - Annenberg Wing
Palm Springs Art Museum

Beg Borrow and Steal is the first exhibition to be installed simultaneously in the Palm Springs Art Museum and the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert in The Galen building. Originally organized by the Rubell family for an immense, annual installation from their permanent collection that coincides with the international art scene surrounding Art Basel in Miami, the exhibition has been refined to accommodate the museum's galleries. This selection includes paintings, sculptures, photographs, and videos by fifty-eight artists from the Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation. It surveys most of the artists included in the original installation, with an emphasis on those working on the west coast, especially Los Angeles. The Southern California focus is significant, not only for its relevance to our Palm Springs location, but also because the region has had a formidable influence on the use of appropriation in art, the subject of the exhibition.

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Beg Borrow and Steal

Beg Borrow and Steal
02/02/13 – 06/02/13
Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert

Beg Borrow and Steal is the first exhibition to be installed simultaneously in the Palm Springs Art Museum and the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert in The Galen building. Originally organized by the Rubell family for an immense, annual installation from their permanent collection that coincides with the international art scene surrounding Art Basel in Miami, the exhibition has been refined to accommodate the museum's galleries. This selection includes paintings, sculptures, photographs, and videos by fifty-eight artists from the Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation. It surveys most of the artists included in the original installation, with an emphasis on those working on the west coast, especially Los Angeles. The Southern California focus is significant, not only for its relevance to our Palm Springs location, but also because the region has had a formidable influence on the use of appropriation in art, the subject of the exhibition.

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Picture This: Photographic Portraits of Place

Picture This: Photographic Portraits of Place
12/16/12 – 03/28/13 - Marks Graphics Center And Jorgensen Gallery
Palm Springs Art Museum

From their position as romantic travelers to social chroniclers, photographers have used the camera to capture the spirit of place whether familiar or foreign. Nineteenth-century Europeans brought back images from distant countries. Twentieth-century documentarians focused on the dislocations of modern life accompanying the social effects of industrialism and urban development. Soviet era photographers depicted the transformation of an entire society based on utopian ideals. More recently, adventurous artists have explored other cultures to examine the impact of global exchange.

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Antibodies: The Works of Fernando and Humberto Campana 1989 - 2009

Antibodies: The Works of Fernando and Humberto Campana 1989 - 2009
11/10/12 – 02/24/13 - Joseph Clayes III Wing
Palm Springs Art Museum

Even though their aesthetic sensibility elevates their work to another plane, the Campana brothers, Fernando and Humberto, consider themselves designers rather than artists because they create functional work. Paper, wire, plastic, fabric, felt, carpet, rubber, and wood are some of the materials they use in their series. Whimsical and contemporary, yet structurally complex, their work is influenced by Brazil's unusual natural forms, the street life of the slums, as well as contemporary art, film, and music. Themes of globalization and sustainability weave through their exuberant and sensual work. Often using recycled materials, they fashion objects to create new forms. They call their process a flirt with materials since the material dictates the form and function of their work.

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Make it Work: Material Matters in Art and Design

Make it Work: Material Matters in Art and Design
10/13/12 – 01/20/13
Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert

This exhibition in The Galen at Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert explores the relationship between materials and forms in the creative process by juxtaposing a range of dynamic art and design objects from the 1960s to the present. Gifts and promised works from Donna and Cargill MacMillan, Jr. influenced members of the American Society of Interior Designers as they created runway sensations for Fashion Week El Paseo 2010. These whimsical fashion designs are featured alongside a selection of significant modern and contemporary art works from the MacMillan gift.

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Woven Together: Art and Design in Southwest Indian Textiles

Woven Together: Art and Design in Southwest Indian Textiles
10/02/12 – 12/30/12 - Annenberg Wing
Palm Springs Art Museum

This exhibition examines one hundred years of artistic developments in Southwest Native American weaving. Drawn from the museum's permanent collection, the exhibition presents sixty-four Navajo and Pueblo blankets, rugs, and pictorial weavings dating from the 1870s to 1970s. Examples from the late 19th-century Classic and Transitional Periods through the Regional Rug Period of the first half of the 20th century are featured with a selection of historic Germantown and banded blankets from the Jan and Mark Hilbert Collection. The textiles are accompanied by fine examples of basketry, pottery, jewelry, and kachinas from the museum's permanent collection.

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Between Abstract and Figurative

Between Abstract and Figurative
06/23/12 – 08/26/12
Palm Springs Art Museum

During the turn of the twentieth century, two distinct currents in European art may be identified. The first were artists who upheld a fading classical tradition. They promoted representational art that was based on the academic study of the figure, landscape and still life. The other group was the forerunners of what is generally termed Modern Art. They expressed freedom and independence from established styles and explored the concept of purely abstract painting.

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POP GOES THE HUMOR

POP GOES THE HUMOR
05/26/12 – 10/07/12 - Various
Palm Springs Art Museum

From the Museum's Permanent Collection Pop art emerged in the mid 1950s in Great Britain and developed through the 1960s in the United States. It challenged the traditions of fine art by including images derived from popular culture such as comic books, advertising, product labeling, logos, and television. Humor in pop art is represented in a range of forms -- from caricature and cartoons to the more subtle, less obvious intellectual forms of satire and social commentary. Through humorous and popular imagery, artists addressed the human experience -- providing comic relief, amusement, and to keep us from taking things too seriously.

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Michael Petry, The Touch of the Oracle

Michael Petry, The Touch of the Oracle
03/17/12 – 08/19/12
Palm Springs Art Museum

The Touch of the Oracle features three monumental site-specific installations Golden Rain, Joshua D's Wall, and The Dilemma. These artworks provide an opportunity for audiences to experience the work of Michael Petry, an installation-based conceptual artist that draws inspiration from art history, mythology, and contemporary culture. The distinct pieces relate and interact with each other and the visitors to the gallery creating an ambiance of sound and visual complexity. While Petry is not traditionally associated with the studio glass movement, his creative sensibilities are stimulated by the medium of glass in monumental works. Unlike studio glass artists, Petry does not actually create his individual art objects, but seeks out highly skilled crafts people with whom he collaborates to animate his conceptual ideas. For these installations, he has worked with an inspired team of glass blowers to create works that require a high level of technical expertise.

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Rodin to Now: Modern Sculpture

Rodin to Now: Modern Sculpture
03/01/12 – 09/30/12
Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert

The opening exhibition in this new space, Rodin to Now: Modern Sculpture showcases significant works by well known modern artists including Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Donald Judd, Edgar Degas and dozens more. The exhibition is complemented by the finest sculpture garden east of Los Angeles, set in a lushly landscaped desert oasis that houses works from modern masters such as Donald Judd, Gio Pomodoro, Barry Flanagan, Betty Gold and Fletcher Benton.

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Backyard Oasis: The Swimming Pool in Southern California Photography, 1945-1982

Backyard Oasis: The Swimming Pool in Southern California Photography, 1945-1982
01/21/12 – 05/27/12 - Annenberg Wing
Palm Springs Art Museum

As part of the Getty Foundation's Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A., 1945-1980 regional initiative, Backyard Oasis examines swimming pools in photographs from 1945 to 1982 as visual analogs of the ideals and expectations associated with Southern California. These images of individual water-based environs in the arid landscape are an integral part of the region's identity, a microcosm of the hopes and disillusionments of the country's post-World War II ethos. As a private setting, the backyard pool became a stage for sub-culture rituals and clandestine desires. As a medium, photography became the primary vehicle for embodying the polar emotions of consumer optimism and Cold War fears. Crossing the boundaries of popular and high culture, commercial merchandising, journalistic reporting, and vernacular memorabilia, photography conveyed the developing ideologies of the period. As such, its visual language forms a network of discursive topics that open onto each other, offering a rich study of physical and cultural geography. For the first time, this exhibition, its catalogue, and attendant programs trace the integrated histories of photography and the iconography of the swimming pool, bringing new light to aspects of this complex interaction.

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Night and Day: The Paintings of Lockwood de Forest

Night and Day: The Paintings of Lockwood de Forest
12/17/11 – 04/08/12
Palm Springs Art Museum

Co-curated by Christine Giles and Frank Goss, this exhibition includes 60-65 oil paintings by Lockwood de Forest (1850-1932) ranging in date from 1874-1918. Organized into two themes the exhibition includes 40 American and Western landscapes paintings, 20 daylight Palm Springs area desert paintings and three or four larger studio paintings. The paintings will be loaned from the artist?s estate, private collections and the Sullivan Goss Gallery. (See Lenders to the exhibition listed below) This will be the first Museum venue of a traveling exhibition of the artist?s nocturne paintings and will coincide with the publication of a major monograph entitled: Collecting Moonlight: the Night Paintings of Lockwood de Forest. A brochure and checklist will by produced by Palm Springs Art Museum to accompany this exhibition. Essays will be provided by Joseph Goldyne and Frank Goss along with contributions by museum curatorial staff.

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Andrew Wyeth in Perspective

Andrew Wyeth in Perspective
10/08/11 – 01/22/12 - McCormick Gallery
Palm Springs Art Museum

Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) was one of the best-known artists of the middle and later 20th century. Known for his intensely realist style, he exhibited an extraordinary technical mastery of several different media. Over his long career he explored a wide variety of themes, concentrating primarily on the land and people around his beloved homes in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and Cushing, Maine, and revealing diverse emotional levels that give his work an authentic and expressive American voice. Underlying his realist approach is a strong compositional sense of formal relationships and a prototypical use of contrasting light and shadow to help build depth of space and mood. Many of his works have become iconic, including one of the most well-known images in 20th century art, Christina's World in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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Blast from the Past: 60s and 70s Geometric Abstractions

Blast from the Past: 60s and 70s Geometric Abstractions
07/16/11 – 12/23/11 - Annenberg Wing
Palm Springs Art Museum

This selection from the museum's permanent collection is a broad examination of geometric abstract paintings, sculptures and prints from the 1960s and 1970s, a period known for its purity of style. Approximately 100 works represent a variety of ideas in Optical Art, Kinetic art, Minimalism, Hard-Edge and Color- Field. Many of the exhibited works, impressive in their sheer visual power, have rarely been on view or are on view for the first time.

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Simply Masterful: Picasso and Artists of the Modern Era

Simply Masterful: Picasso and Artists of the Modern Era
06/23/11 – 09/04/11 - Joseph Clayes III Wing
Palm Springs Art Museum

During the turn of the twentieth century, two distinct currents in European art may be identified. The first were artists who upheld a fading classical tradition. They promoted representational art that was based on the academic study of the figure, landscape and still life. The other group was the forerunners of what is generally termed Modern Art. They expressed freedom and independence from established styles and explored new ways to use color and the concept of purely abstract painting.

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Western and Native American Art from the Permanent Collection

Western and Native American Art from the Permanent Collection
06/22/11 – 10/02/11 - Denney Western American Art Wing
Palm Springs Art Museum

Combining traditional and contemporary artworks from the 19th-century to today, this installation presents a complex blend of cultures, landscapes, historical forces and artistic traditions that both inform and challenge our ever evolving notion of the West. The apparent intersecting and blending of influences of different cultures -Euro-American and Native American cultures- was an integral part of the expansion of the western frontier and forms an important part of our artistic heritage. Paintings by Thomas Moran, Charles Russell, Agnes Pelton, James Swinnerton and George Montgomery are featured with contemporary artworks by Alexis Smith, Fritz Scholder and Dan Namingha along with traditional forms of Native American basketry, pottery and textiles including works by Cahuilla basket artists Lupe Allberras and Dolores Saneva Patencio among others.

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Comic Art Indigéne

Comic Art Indigéne
06/16/11 – 09/18/11 - Marks Graphics Center And Jorgensen Gallery
Palm Springs Art Museum

Comic art is now mainstream. It is a source for award-winning fiction, highly-budgeted motion pictures, and endless streams of merchandising such as toys and video games. Yet comic book art remains an enigma, its most popular genre has always been directed towards a young audience hindering its growth and acceptance among artists and critics.

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Ransom: An Art Installation by Lewis de Soto

Ransom: An Art Installation by Lewis de Soto
06/16/11 – 12/31/11 - Various
Palm Springs Art Museum

Lewis deSoto's exhibition project, Ransom, utilizes the Mesoamerican collection at the Palm Springs Art Museum, commissioned videos, and historical sculptural elements to create a multi-nuanced environment that presents the dynamic relationship between victor and vanquished.

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John Baldessari: A Print Retrospective from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his family foundation

John Baldessari: A Print Retrospective from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his family foundation
02/26/11 – 06/26/11 - Annenberg Wing
Palm Springs Art Museum

For more than 40 years, John Baldessari has been a mainstay of the Southern California art scene and a key contributor to national and international explorations of conceptual art in its many idioms, whether linguistic, performance-based, or photo and object-based. An underlying theme in his art has been the questioning of perceptual experience - how we see, interpret, and understand the world around us - and how this experience can dislocate preconceived notions and challenge conventional thinking.

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Steel and Shade: The Architecture of Donald Wexler

Steel and Shade: The Architecture of Donald Wexler
01/29/11 – 05/29/11 - Joseph Clayes III Wing
Palm Springs Art Museum

Donald Wexler practiced architecture during what he calls the ?golden age? of California architecture from the immediate postwar years through the 1970s. This was a time when architects enjoyed considerable freedom to employ new materials and technologies in their search for functionally beautiful architecture.

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Contemporary Glass 2010 / 2011

Contemporary Glass 2010 / 2011
11/13/10 – 11/06/11 - Denney Western American Art Wing
Palm Springs Art Museum

Glass as a fine art material is relatively new and used by a wide range of extraordinarily talented artists from throughout the world. Its remarkable physical properties result in a medium of astounding aesthetic expression. From the spontaneous to the methodical, artists' creative ideas range from narrative to conceptual, explore current art movements, or innovatively express personal vision. Drawn from the museum's permanent collection and private collections, this exhibition includes works by significant artists who have contributed to the notion that glass has broken through the aesthetic barrier between craft and fine art.

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Richard Avedon: Fashion, Stage, and Screen

Richard Avedon: Fashion, Stage, and Screen
10/16/10 – 01/01/11 - Annenberg Wing
Palm Springs Art Museum

Richard Avedon (1923-2004) set new precedents in fashion and portraiture for nearly seven decades. This exhibition of approximately 90 black and white photographs explores Avedon's use of the camera to create images that helped to define fashion, theater, and movies as interrelated worlds that shared a similar visual vocabulary. His interest in performance began in the 1940s and 1950s with his early photographs of leading models in designer clothing for magazines such as Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. Taking his models out of the studio, Avedon combined the sophistication and glamour of haute couture with the excitement of modern life he celebrated in the streets of Paris, Rome, and New York.

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Modern Masters Celebrate Line and Form

Modern Masters Celebrate Line and Form
10/01/10 – 12/28/10 - Annenberg Wing
Palm Springs Art Museum

Modernism in art is recognized as a time of unprecedented stylistic growth and change. Artists in the first decades of the twentieth century broke away from academic traditions and embraced a new approach to sculptural form and line drawing. Drawing and working spontaneously on paper and with print-making techniques took on a new urgency as artists worked out their methods freely. In sculpture, artists sought freedom from the constrictions of the past by employing non-traditional materials and exploring bold, abstract forms.

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Photographing the American West: Selections from the Permanent Collection

Photographing the American West: Selections from the Permanent Collection
06/12/10 – 02/07/11 - Marks Graphics Center And Jorgensen Gallery
Palm Springs Art Museum

A comparative view of the American West from 1866 to the present, this exhibition examines the role of photography in popularizing divergent ideas and documenting changing visions of the West. Since the mid-nineteenth century, the West has stood out as a destination and center for photographic activity. Spectacular vistas combined with unique land formations and bright, clear light attracted early photographers, who recorded the natural beauty of the West for the enjoyment of local and East coast audiences. Beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, Carleton Watkins, famous for his large format photographs, created images of the majestic views of Yosemite. This appeal for images of wonder and exploration influenced a second generation of twentieth-century landscape photographers, predisposing them to the notion of the West as a sublime and spiritual "Garden of Eden."

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Colors of the West: The Paintings of Birger Sandzén

Colors of the West: The Paintings of Birger Sandzén
04/17/10 – 09/12/10 - Joseph Clayes III Wing
Palm Springs Art Museum

Sven Birger Sandzén (1871-1954), a Swedish-born artist, trained in Paris and participated in its famous fin de siécle milieu. In 1894 he immigrated to the United States and settled in the center of the American prairie in Lindsborg, Kansas where he was invited to become an art professor at Bethany College. Considered a post-Impressionist for his use of color and expressionist in technique, Sandzén vibrant and dynamic paintings of prairie and western landscapes from Kansas to the California coast have been relatively unknown outside the Midwest until recently.

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Between Earth and Heaven: The Architecture of John Lautner

Between Earth and Heaven: The Architecture of John Lautner
02/20/10 – 05/30/10 - Annenberg Wing
Palm Springs Art Museum

This exhibition of the work of one of America's most significant Modernist architects is the first comprehensive overview of John Lautner's architecture. It includes 115 original drawings and sketches; ten original models; six large-scale architectural models created for the exhibition and a documentary film.

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Odyssey: The Photographs of Linda Connor

Odyssey: The Photographs of Linda Connor
12/12/09 – 04/04/10 - Joseph Clayes III Wing
Palm Springs Art Museum

Imagery and technique are intimately linked in Connor's work. The photographer has always gravitated towards images that reveal "the essence of something, the apparition of a form or idea, rather than a particular fact." A large-format view camera allows her to achieve remarkable clarity; frequently using long exposures, the images can also present time and movement. Her prints are created by direct contact of the 8x10-inch negative onto printing-out paper, the image exposed and developed in her garden using sunlight. She then tones the prints with gold chloride. The results are extremely rich in detail and have a warmth and delicacy seldom found in standard photographic printing.

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Lino Tagliapietra in Retrospect: A Modern Renaissance in Italian Glass

Lino Tagliapietra in Retrospect: A Modern Renaissance in Italian Glass
09/26/09 – 12/27/09 - Annenberg Wing
Palm Springs Art Museum

This exhibition, a comprehensive forty-year retrospective of Tagliapietra's art and career, documents and celebrates his remarkable achievements as a contemporary artist. The exhibition includes 169 art works that range from a room-size installation of his impressive Endeavor boat series, to groupings of masterful goblets, to elegant and evocative sculptural forms. Tagliapietra is widely revered as the master of glassblowing, an inspiring teacher and the elder statesman who is credited with shaping the course of international Studio Glass.

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