Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Desert
Edwards Harris Center

The Coachella Valley and its desert landscape become the canvas for Desert X, an exhibition of site-specific work by contemporary artists from around the world. Desert X focuses attention on and creates conversation about 21st-century environmental, social, and cultural conditions as reflected in the greater Palm Springs area.

Rob Pruitt’s Flea Market

February 17–26

Palm Springs Art Museum
Houston Atrium

A nomadic event that has taken place all over the world, this iteration of Pruitt’s Flea Market features vintage experts, design collectors, and visual artists of Palm Springs and the High Desert. Inspired by the region’s robust mix of vintage, modern, and handcrafted goods, this traditional-style flea market presents desert taste-makers making their wares available for sale.

RPFM Stamp

Jeffrey Gibson: ALIVE!

Opens February 25

Palm Springs Art Museum
Elrod Sculpture Garden

A decommissioned blade from a windmill rises out of the museum’s lower-level sculpture garden. The blade is 52 feet tall and painted to contain the phrases “We are living!” “I am alive,” “You are alive,” and “They are alive.” Part Choctaw and part Cherokee, Gibson explores his Native American heritage and responds using a visual vocabulary that permeates his painting, sculpture, installation, video, and performance works. Gibson was included in SITElines.2016: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas, the biennial at SITE Santa Fe in New Mexico. His mid-career retrospective exhibition opens at Denver Art Museum in 2018.

Desert X Symposium

Saturday, March 11, 9AM–5:30PM

Desert X Symposium
Desert Constellations: Art and Mythologies

Annenberg Theater

This day-long symposium contextualizes the work of participating artists and includes a keynote by land art expert William L. Fox, Director of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno. Panelists discuss the history of desert land art, the influence of the environment, contemporary desert photography, architecture, and artist activists. Speakers include: Desert X Curator Neville Wakefield and artists participating in Desert X; Leo Marmol, Managing Principal of the architectural firm Marmol Radziner; photographer John Divola; curator Daniell Cornell; Danielle Segura, Director of Mojave Desert Land Trust; architectural designer Stephanie Smith; artists Kim Stringfellow and Rebecca Lowry; and curator Yael Lipschutz. Desert Constellations is organized by Steven Nash, Desert X Vice President, and Daniell Cornell, The Donna and Cargill MacMillan Jr., Director of Art, Palm Springs Art Museum.

Talking Photography: Mark Ruwedel

Friday, March 10, 4–6PM

Annenberg Theater 

Ruwedel has been photographing American deserts and other remote locations for more than 25 years in epic-scaled, multi-year projects. Discover unseen histories of the American landscape as the artist discusses earlier series and new directions in his current work. This program complements an installation of Ruwedel’s work on view in the Chase Wing.

On the Grid: a look at settlement patterns in the high desert

March 11 - May 22

Palm Springs Art Museum
Architecture and Design Center
Trina Turk

Coinciding with the inaugural Desert X, 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.


First Weekend Palm Desert: Desert X, Galen First Friday: Desert X

Friday, April 7
4-9 p.m.

Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert


Partnering with the City of Palm Desert, Galen First Fridays kicks off a Desert X-themed First Weekend Palm Desert. Join our celebration, including an artist talk with local Desert X artist Phillip K. Smith III followed by live music and craft beer in the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden.

Desert X Site Hike

Saturday, April 8 10:30 a.m.

Cap Homme/Ralph Adams Park
72-500 Thrush Road,
Palm Desert

The City of Palm Desert invites community members to enjoy a light bite and participate in a conversation with Desert X artists and curators at the Claudia Comte Desert X site in Cap Homme/Ralph Adams Park. Following the discussion guests will hike up the Homestead Trail to study Swiss-born artist Claudia Comte’s piece from unique vantage points. Hiking shoes and water encouraged. For more information call the City of Palm Desert at (760) 346-0611.

Palm Springs Art Museum Lecture Series at Rancho Mirage Public Library

Tuesday, 2–3 p.m.

71-100 Hwy 111, Rancho Mirage

Free; space is limited.

Join us for a lively lecture series featuring artists, curators in discussions related to innovative exhibitions and programs in the desert.

Jeffrey Gibson, March 14
Gibson is one of the featured Desert X artists, and explores his Native American heritage using a visual vocabulary that permeates his work. In Conversation with Director of Art Daniell Cornell.

Sant Khalsa, April 11
Artist Khalsa introduces her photo-based artworks. Her exhibiton Confluence is currently on view at Marks Art Center, College of the Desert. In conversation with Associate Curator Mara Gladstone.

Alexandra Grant, May 11
Artist Grant will share her painting and social practice in relationship to the museum’s Women of Abstract Expressionism exhibition. In convesation with Director of Education and Public Programs Leonardo Bravo.

Spiritual America

March 3

Developed with Infinite Palette, this program of fluid integrated music explores diverse notions of transcendence against the backdrop of the California desert. Focusing on experimentalism, meditation, land art, and sacred music, the project moves beyond genre into unique and highly personal musical visions reflective of our complex age. The world premiere features acclaimed multi-instrumentalists, as well as video installations and site-specific auxiliary events.

Spiritual America debuts at the Annenberg Theater with multi-instrumentalists. Curated by Infinite Palette (Kate Nordstrum of Liquid Music, William Brittelle of New Amsterdam Records, and LA-based composer Daniel Wohl) Spiritual America represents an exciting new direction in programming for Palm Springs Art Museum.

The concert is generously underwritten by David Knaus and John P. Monahan.

One of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers
now working in New York.
—The New York Times on Missy Mazzoli