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Upcoming Exhibitions

Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe

Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe
09/05/15 – 12/13/15
Palm Springs Art Museum

Merging fashion, film, and material culture, Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe explores the fashion world's most coveted object, its rich cultural history, and its complex relationships to fantasy, functionality, identity, and power. The exhibition presents more than 110 contemporary high heels and 50 historical designs drawn from designer archives and the Brooklyn Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art's renowned costume collections.

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A Passionate Eye: The Weiner Family Collection

A Passionate Eye: The Weiner Family Collection
10/03/15 – 01/31/16 - Annenberg Wing
Palm Springs Art Museum

The Weiner Family Collection, with its singular emphasis on great sculpture, is one of the most important collections of modern art ever assembled in the Southwest. Since 1969 when the Palm Springs Desert Museum (as it was then named) presented an exhibition drawn from its holdings, most of the collection has resided in Palm Springs at this museum as both loans and gifts. An early donation by Ted and Lucile Weiner of Marino Marini's Warrior, which still graces the museum's front entrance, was followed by gifts from their daughter Gwendolyn of such masterpieces as Henry Moore's Two Piece Reclining Figure No. 3, Marc Chagall's The Village, Alexander Calder's The Lizard, and other icons of modern art. The collection now represents the foundation of the museum's installations and a fundamental element in its identity as a great museum.

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Seeing the Light: Illuminating Objects

Seeing the Light: Illuminating Objects
10/10/15 – 01/03/16
Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Trina Turk Gallery

"Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." (Anton Chekhov) How do we perceive light on objects? As reflection, illumination, glow, radiance, shimmer, shine, or luster? For designers and artists the luminosity of materials is endlessly fascinating. The inherent transparency or reflectivity of surfaces heightens our experience and attracts us with their seductive quality. Frank Gehry's Fish Lamp glows from within, Beatrice Wood?s pottery has lustrous surfaces, and the shiny stainless steel of Sebastian Errazuriz's Chaise acts like a mirror. Diverse objects selected from the museum's permanent collection and from private collections demonstrate the boundless fascination of the expressive power of light.

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Artists Council Exhibition 2015

Artists Council Exhibition 2015
10/20/15 – 12/06/15 - Marks Graphics Center And Jorgensen Gallery
Palm Springs Art Museum

Artists Council Exhibition 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. This year's juror is Christian Hohmann, a second-generation art dealer, local and international gallerist, private and public curator, and well-known lecturer.

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Bauhaus twenty-21: An Ongoing Legacy - Photographs by Gordon Watkinson

Bauhaus twenty-21: An Ongoing Legacy - Photographs by Gordon Watkinson
01/21/16 – 05/01/16
Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Trina Turk Gallery

The exhibition showcases twelve of the most iconic achievements of Bauhaus architecture built before 1933. Each of the buildings is featured in conjunction with a project built in this century by a group of up-and-coming as well as internationally prominent practitioners. Bauhaus twenty-21 illustrates the enduring philosophies of the Bauhaus in twenty-first century architecture. By creating a visual as well as theoretical dialogue between the timeless modernism of Bauhaus architecture and the visions of contemporary practitioners, the exhibition offers a unique perspective on Bauhaus design philosophy and its relevance in today's society -- from the use of prefabricated housing techniques to create affordable housing, to early ideas in what is today sustainable architecture.

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Edward S. Curtis: One Hundred Masterworks

Edward S. Curtis: One Hundred Masterworks
02/20/16 – 05/29/16 - Annenberg Wing
Palm Springs Art Museum

Beginning in 1900, Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952) set out on a monumental quest to create an unprecedented, comprehensive record of the Indians of North American. The culmination of his 30-year project led to his magnum opus, The North American Indian, a twenty-volume, twenty-portfolio set of handmade books containing a selection of over 2,200 original photographs. Today this work stands as a landmark in the history of photography, book publishing, ethnography, and the history of the American West, producing an art historical record of enormous and irreplaceable importance.

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