Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Desert
Edwards Harris Center
July 6th – August 6th, 2017
Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center

 

This summer marks the launch of the museum’s new Summer Lab or S/LAB. An initiative of Brooke Hodge, Director of Architecture and Design, S/LAB will engage the community in workshops and design exercises related to the new park planned for downtown Palm Springs.

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May 22nd – September 25th, 2017
Palm Springs Art Museum, Jorgensen Gallery
John McLaughlin (1898-1976) is acknowledged as one of the most important artists of the post-war period. Working in southern California, by 1948 he had pioneered a distinctive style of “geometric Western abstraction” which a decade later was identified as “minimal art” or Minimalism. 
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May 6th – September 3rd, 2017
Palm Springs Art Museum, Chase Wing
 
Taking their creative counterparts as inspiration, the photographers featured here turn artists into subjects. The images encapsulate both the photographer’s signature style and the subject’s public persona. The works on view are gifts of Joe and Pamela Bonino, Michael Childers, Dan and Jeanne Fauci, Kurt E. Fishback, Irwin Gershow, David Knaus, Mark Edward Rice, Rena Small, and Robert Julian Stone.
 
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March 25th – October 15th, 2017
Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, The Galen
 
The artist’s first major museum exhibition, Journeys of the Heart surveys 43 years of work by Pat Lasch. Driven by personal stories and influenced by feminist practices, Lasch’s ouevre incorporates a range of media, from ceramic, bronze, and cut paper to wood sculpture and lace-making. Featuring the delicate cake and pastry sculptures for which the artist is best known . . .
 
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March 11th – June 26th, 2017
Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center

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Coinciding with the inaugural presentation of Desert X, the international art biennial in the Coachella Valley, the museum presents On the Grid: a look at settlement patterns in the high desert, an exhibition focused around Lay of My Land, a major sculptural work by the Joshua Tree-based artist Andrea Zittel.

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February 18th – May 28th, 2017
Palm Springs Art Museum, Annenberg Wing
 
This exhibition presents the work of twelve American women artists active in New York City and the San Francisco Bay area in the late 1940s and 1950s. As part of a circle of painters known as Abstract Expressionists, they helped forge the first fully American modern art movement. Though women actively participated alongside men in the studios, clubs, and exhibitions, textbook accounts of the movement tell the story through the work of a handful of male artists.     
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February 17th – February 26th, 2017
Palm Springs Art Museum

A nomadic event that has taken place all over the world, this iteration of Pruitt’s Flea Market for the Desert X exhibition features the vintage experts, design collectors, and visual artists of Palm Springs, Joshua Tree and the Hi Desert, and the eastern Coachella Valley. 

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November 4th, 2016 – March 7th, 2017
Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, The Galen

 

Inspired by its ability to absorb, transmit, and reflect light, an array of global makers use glass to express concept and content as never before. Drawn from the Southern California collection of David Kaplan and Glenn Ostergaard, this exhibition celebrates and showcases objects by the most dynamic artists in the field today. 

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October 22nd, 2016 – February 20th, 2017
Palm Springs Art Museum, Clayes III Wing
 
Go West! Art of the American Frontier presents a century of art from an extraordinary era of exploration. Featuring 90 works by artist-explorers and Plains Indian tribes, it chronicles a pivotal period from 1830-1930 in which cultures were merging, clashing, and finding fortune or hardship in a changing American landscape. 
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October 9th, 2016 – February 26th, 2017
Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center

 

Modernist design—that radical and iconoclastic break with the past—is now itself a thing of the past, so much so that contemporary artists have been treating modernist designs as icons themselves and incorporating them, sometimes literally and often conceptually, into their own work. 

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October 1st – November 27th, 2016
Palm Springs Art Museum, Jorgensen Gallery and Marks Graphics Center

 

The Artists Council Exhibition is an annual juried exhibition and sale of artwork created by AC members and is exhibited in the museum during the fall of each year.

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June 25th – August 31st, 2016
Palm Springs Art Museum

 

Again this summer, the museum presents a selection of outstanding masterworks on loan from an anonymous private collection.

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May 25th – September 4th, 2016
Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center
 
First Hand highlights the diverse ways in which architects, designers, and artists use their hands as sources of inspiration, contemplation, and production. Assembling an impeccable selection of drawings and artwork from the L.J. Cella Collection, the exhibition draws our attention to . . .
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March 4th – October 16th, 2016
Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, The Galen

Baroque to Bling explores a distinct world of bold fine art, fashion, and design objects -- all linked by the eye of a spirited collector, Donna MacMillan. Drawn from museum’s gifts and loans from MacMillan’s exuberant collection, the exhibition shows how artists incorporate embellishment and indulge in excess in their contemporary practice. From cutting-edge art to lavish jewelry, the works offer contemporary interpretations of the baroque, a term that brings to mind lavishly ornamental design, elaborate aesthetics, and the theatrical. 

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February 20th – May 29th, 2016
Palm Springs Art Museum, Clayes III Wing

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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February 20th – May 29th, 2016
Palm Springs Art Museum, Clayes III Wing, Faude & New Media Gallery

This exhibition, which features works by artists of Native American heritage including Gerald Clarke, Lewis deSoto, Nicholas Galanin, Kent Monkman, Shelley Niro, and Will Wilson, provides a contemporary context for the historical photographs of Edward Curtis. In images that reflect on portraiture, cultural heritage, and their relationship to the land, these artists offer diverse perspectives on Native American identity as well as on critical issues around photography as a documentary medium, i.e., the extent to which it is fact, fiction, or some combination of both. In his portraits, Curtis manipulated native props and costumes while excising any western elements in his images, eliminating signs of modern life and creating a romanticized impression of a pre-European society. The contemporary artists presented here offer a counterpoint through their own constructed imagery. They provide a variety of responses that allow viewers to consider the role of photography in portraying a people, their culture, and their ongoing history.

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January 24th – May 1st, 2016
Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center

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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October 20th – December 6th, 2015
Palm Springs Art Museum, Marks Graphics Center And Jorgensen Gallery

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.

 

 

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October 10th, 2015 – January 3rd, 2016
Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center

"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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October 3rd, 2015 – December 12th, 2016
Palm Springs Art Museum, Annenberg Wing

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 at Palm Springs Art Museum as both loans and gifts. An early donation by Ted and Lucile Weiner of Marino Marini’s The 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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September 19th, 2015 – December 4th, 2016
Palm Springs Art Museum, Denney Western American Art Wing

“What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.”           -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Water defines human experience. The average person is composed of approximately 60% water. It nourishes life as the body’s most necessary substance. This elementary liquid is essential for sustaining all life on the planet. As a result, the politics of water are woven into the fabric of social and economic institutions at both the regional and global level. Disputes over its distribution are at the center of struggles among interests competing for natural resources. Especially in the desert, where it is scarce, water is even more vital for survival than in places where it exists in abundance. Its very lack defines the desert, and yet even that ecological system could not exist without it.

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September 12th, 2015 – September 3rd, 2017
Palm Springs Art Museum, Margaret & Michael W. McCarthy Mezzanine

The Kaplan/Ostergaard Glass Center presents a 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. Brought together are works by renowned international artists who have had an impact on the development of the contemporary glass movement in major art centers throughout the world.

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September 5th – December 13th, 2015
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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September 1st – October 17th, 2015
Palm Springs Art Museum

Again this summer, the museum presents a selection of outstanding masterworks on loan from an anonymous private collection. From Edouard Manet to Edward Ruscha, these works explore the potential of oil painting in the hands of some of the world's most influential artists. Additional artists represented include Vincent Van Gogh, Auguste Renoir, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, and Willem de Kooning.

This exhibition is organized by the Palm Springs Art Museum. Transportation for art works is courtesy of Art Works San Diego.

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September 1st – October 11th, 2015
Palm Springs Art Museum, Jorgensen Gallery

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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August 7th, 2015 – February 21st, 2016
Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert

In a creative mix of art works from the museum’s holdings and on loan from private collections, the exhibition looks beyond the classical definition of a “still life” to explore why this esteemed genre continues to compel artists today. Throughout time, visual artists have delighted in the excitement of transforming commonplace objects into symbolic encounters with the world and self. Bringing together paintings, sculptures, photographs, and a surprising variety of other media, this exhibition studies the powerful psychological and associational value of altering time, place, and imagery into an artistic still life.

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May 8th – July 26th, 2015
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. Jurors consider the creative interpretation of the theme, technical ability, originality, and an imaginative communication of ideas and emotions when making their selections. 
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March 28th – July 31st, 2015
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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March 14th – July 26th, 2015

Working with museum curators, Daniell Cornell and Sidney Williams, Andrea Zittel has created this commissioned installation for the Palm Springs Art Museum, that combines Native American and modern textiles from the museum's permanent collection together with original works produced in her Joshua Tree studio. Responding to the rigorous grid of the building’s architecture, Zittel's sculptural works, titled A-Z Aggregated Stacks,fill the majority of the Trina Turk Gallery. The stacks play off of the geometry of the Williams building, while simultaneously evolving the regularity of the mid-century grid toward a more fractured or decomposing state.

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February 25th – May 24th, 2015
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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January 24th – February 23rd, 2015
Palm Springs Art Museum

Join the Contemporary Art Council for their 5th biennial art auction. Enjoy libations and hors d’oeurves while you view and bid on silent auction museum-quality art. August Uribe, Worldwide Co-Head of contemporary art at PHILLIPS, will conduct a live auction during dinner.

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January 17th – May 3rd, 2015
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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December 20th, 2014 – May 31st, 2015
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 Yuanming Yuan (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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December 13th, 2014 – March 29th, 2015
Palm Springs Art Museum

Palm Springs Art Museum is pleased to feature an exhibition of artist Jennifer Karady, who 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 our country. The exhibition, Jennifer Karady: In Country, Soldiers' Stories From Iraq and Afghanistan, will be on view December 13 through March 29, 2015 at Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Springs.

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November 9th, 2014 – February 22nd, 2015

An Eloquent Modernist: E. Stewart Williams, Architect, provided a comprehensive retrospective of Williams’s creative output and affords a view of his role in the development of modern architecture in Palm Springs. It included drawings, renderings, models, photographs, watercolors, etchings, and film clips to illuminate his artistic sensibility and proficiency with diverse of media. Since he created his architectural drawings on a drafting table, before the wide-spread use of the computer, he often remarked that, “It’s amazing what a pencil can do.” Featuring a selection of projects, the exhibition highlighted Williams’s approach to architecture that: buildings should naturally inhabit their sites and be in concert with their environment.

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October 18th, 2014 – January 25th, 2015
Palm Springs Art Museum

For more than forty years, connections between Australia and the Pacific Northwest have been forged through the relationships of artists, educational institutions, and entrepreneurs through the medium of glass. Brought together by a shared passion for glass, artists from both countries have developed long lasting and deeply influential relationships. These connections have made significant impacts on both continents forming unique “links” between Australian and American studio glass movements.

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October 11th – December 7th, 2014
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.

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September 27th, 2014 – January 4th, 2015
Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert

The epic nineteenth-century landscape paintings of Yosemite and Yellowstone by Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Moran introduced the American public to the grandeur of the West. As the western territories opened up to development, increasing numbers of artists including Charles Russell, Henry F. Farny, and William R. Leigh were drawn to the promise of adventure that the American frontier provided, and by the turn of the 20th century, a new genre of Western art had developed. As populations in the Southwest and Southern California grew -- made possible in large part due to the completion of the railroads to Santa Fe and Los Angeles -- so did the demand for art. Artists found both financial support and refuge from the hectic urban centers of New York and Chicago within the small communities of Taos, Santa Fe, Laguna Beach, and Pasadena. Forming colonies, clubs, and associations, these groups organized exhibitions to help promote their new western subjects and styles. As the West became synonymous with the American ideals of freedom and individuality, many of these artists believed that the future of American art was in Western art: “Out there in the West,” declared Kansas artist Birger Sandzen, “a painter could develop a style of his own to fit the country.”

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June 21st – September 30th, 2014
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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March 8th – July 31st, 2014
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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February 15th – August 31st, 2014
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. With the museum’s wide-ranging collection of chairs alongside modern and contemporary representations of the body at rest, this exhibition considers how the figure in repose enlivens artistic explorations of form, function, and feeling.

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January 25th – May 25th, 2014
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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December 14th, 2013 – April 6th, 2014
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). Raised in Corona, Willard’s interest in landscape photography began at an early age and southern California provided him with a variety of subject matter to hone his photographic skills. By the time he graduated from high school in 1912, he had developed the technical skills needed for a career in photography. Over the next 50 years, traveling an estimated 300,000 miles, 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 and the Southwest.

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November 16th, 2013 – November 1st, 2014
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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November 2nd, 2013 – February 2nd, 2014
Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert

Helene Galen, whose generous donation was the principal gift for the establishment of the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert and for whom the building is named, is not only one of the Coachella Valley’s most distinguished philanthropists but also a serious collector of both modern and contemporary art. Her homes in Rancho Mirage and Los Angeles are filled with significant artworks in all media. Some of the most important of these will be featured this spring at the Palm Springs Art Museum exhibition of new gifts in celebration of the museum’s 75th anniversary. The current exhibition offers an opportunity to preview them in the context of Galen’s larger collection.

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October 26th, 2013 – February 16th, 2014
Palm Springs Art Museum

Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953-1966 is being organized in a collaboration with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Palm Springs Art Museum (PSAM). A fully illustrated catalogue published by Yale University Press will accompany the exhibition, with essays by Timothy Anglin Burgard, the Ednah Root Curator-in-Charge of American Art at FAMSF, and Steven Nash, Executive Director of the PSAM, with contributions from Emma Acker, Curatorial Assistant for American Art at FAMSF.

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October 1st – December 29th, 2013
Palm Springs Art Museum

George Catlin’s American Buffalo exhibits 40 paintings dating from 1832 to 1848 from the artist’s original “Indian Gallery.” The exhibition includes 11 full-length portraits of Plains Indians and 29 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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June 29th – September 29th, 2013
Palm Springs Art Museum

After 1945, a group of New York artists working in an abstract style became identified as Abstract Expressionists. Artists like Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline were primarily concerned with the broad gesture of the brush and the texture of paint, while Mark Rothko and Adolf Gottlieb used large areas of color and form to make their statements. Art critics Clement Greenberg and Harold Rosenberg, recognizing the importance of this new style, passionately promoted Abstract Expressionism as the first American Modernist movement. The recognition of the movement became official with the 1951 Museum of Modern Art exhibition Abstract Painting and Sculpture in America.

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June 29th – September 1st, 2013
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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June 22nd – October 20th, 2013
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. Long before a bronze is cast, aluminum is welded, or steel is painted, artists may conceptualize their ideas in two dimensional formats, or work in smaller scales.

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May 25th – October 6th, 2013
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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April 12th, 2013 – December 14th, 2014
Palm Springs Art Museum

This exhibition features a selection of ceramics from the museum’s permanent collection representing more than 2000 years of ceramic tradition from ancient Mesoamerican to the Pueblo Indians of the North American Southwest. Made for a variety of purposes from utilitarian to sacred practices, ceramics are one of the most enduring artistic traditions of the Americas. Modeled by hand from pliable clay material and transformed by fire into hardened vessels or figures, these objects represent a long history that expresses both cultural identity and values individual creativity. 

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March 16th – July 28th, 2013
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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March 16th – July 28th, 2013
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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February 13th – June 2nd, 2013
Palm Springs Art Museum, Annenberg Wing

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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December 16th, 2012 – March 28th, 2013
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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November 10th, 2012 – February 24th, 2013
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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October 13th, 2012 – January 20th, 2013
Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert

This exhibition at Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert in the Galen 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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October 2nd – December 30th, 2012
Palm Springs Art Museum

Woven Together: Art and Design in Southwest Indian Textiles 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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June 23rd – August 26th, 2012
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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May 26th – October 7th, 2012
Palm Springs Art Museum

Pop art is an art movement that 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. Examples in this exhibition show that the concept of Pop art refers to the attitudes that led to its development more than to the artwork itself. Andy Warhol took Pop beyond an artistic style to a life style as he developed new approaches and techniques to art making. 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. It can be expressed through its subject and content simply as an awkward or silly facial gesture or implied by the style, attitude, technique, or the material. Humor can also be expressed through irreverence, surprise, or the unexpected; or the juxtaposition of objects or situations that appear incongruous.

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March 17th – August 19th, 2012
Palm Springs Art Museum

The Touch of the Oracle features three monumental site-specific installations – Golden Rain, Joshua D’s Wall, and The Dilemma.

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March 1st – September 30th, 2012
Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert

The history of sculpture in the modern era justifiably begins with French artist Auguste Rodin, who did more to change our understanding of the medium than any artist since Michelangelo. He brought a level of expressiveness to the figure that changed the very notion of three-dimensional representation. He is often cited for his ability to express internal experience and emotion through external features.

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January 21st – May 27th, 2012
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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December 17th, 2011 – April 8th, 2012
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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October 8th, 2011 – January 22nd, 2012
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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July 16th – December 23rd, 2011
Palm Springs Art Museum
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June 23rd – September 4th, 2011
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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June 22nd – October 20th, 2011
Palm Springs Art Museum

Reopening with new selections October 18, 2011

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.

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June 16th – December 31st, 2011
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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June 16th – September 18th, 2011
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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February 26th – June 26th, 2011
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. His work has been aggressively multimedia, ranging from pure painting to printed and written word art, colorful collages and assemblages, recorded performances, and works that combine painting, photography, and sculpture. Baldessari’s impressive achievements were recently honored by a retrospective at the Tate Modern. The exhibition, Pure Beauty, is currently on view at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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January 29th – May 29th, 2011
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. The extremes of the desert climate forced Wexler to develop a sustainable architecture, which was not only successful functionally, but achieved a timeless aesthetic appeal. During a career that spanned almost six decades, he designed numerous houses, condominium complexes, as well as banks, office parks and schools. The primary objects in the exhibition will be drawn from the Donald Wexler Collection, housed in the ENV Archives-Special Collections, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and will include original presentation drawings, working drawings, photographs and models. These will be augmented by a number of professional photographs and new models fabricated by Cal Poly students, including a full-scale sectional steel model illustrating the prefabrication system Wexler used in the steel houses. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue with essays by co-curators, Lauren Weiss Bricker, Ph.D., professor of architecture, Cal Poly, Pomona and Sidney Williams, curator of architecture and design, Palm Springs Art Museum.

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November 13th, 2010 – November 6th, 2011
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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October 16th, 2010 – January 1st, 2011
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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October 1st, 2010 – December 28th, 2011
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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June 12th, 2010 – February 7th, 2011
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.” Photographers like J. Smeaton Chase, Stephen H. Willard and Edward S. Curtis found a “new frontier” in the most unlikely place—the desert regions of the West. While Chase and Willard focused their lenses on capturing the spiritual essence of what was perceived to be a barren landscape, Curtis turned his attention to what he and many believed to be a vanishing ancient culture of the Native Americans.

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April 17th – September 12th, 2010
Palm Springs Art Museum

Sven Birger Sandzén (1871-1954), a Swedish-born artist, trained in Paris and participated in its famous fin de siècle 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. In 1908, he made his first trip to Colorado and beginning in 1915 became a regular visitor to Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico. He found the beauty of the Southwest and mountains “… a paradise for the painter.” Exhibiting with the Taos Society of Artists in 1922, he became an associate member at the request of Victor Higgins. During his 54-year career, his style evolved from pointillism to a personal style of bold color with thickly applied masses of paint earning him the title, the “American Van Gogh.”

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February 20th – May 30th, 2010
Palm Springs Art Museum

John Lautner designed his buildings in concert with nature relating each structure to its particular setting. In so doing, he transformed the experience of shelter for his clients and their visitors; providing living, dynamic environments that were never static. In a career that spanned six decades and produced more than 150 built works, Lautner created an architecture that valued plasticity, transparent boundaries, freedom in form and plan, and continuity between building and landscape.

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December 12th, 2009 – April 4th, 2010
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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September 26th – December 27th, 2009
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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