Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Desert
Edwards Harris Center


Palm Springs Art Museum holds a variety of informative and stimulating lectures and symposia throughout the year, highlighting various aspects of the museum's collection and other topics of interest. Most of these are free and open to the public, however some require a nominal admission fee. Tickets can be purchased at the Annenberg Theater Box Office by calling 760.325.4490. Locations vary.

A Day With(out) Art

12/01/12, All Day (see below for times)

A Day With(out) Art

The Palm Springs Art Museum will join thousands of museums, arts organizations, universities and AIDS service organizations throughout the world in observing the 24thA Day With(out) Art on December 1, 2012, which coincides with the World Health Organization’s World AIDS Day. Initiated in 1989 by Visual AIDS, the New York group of art professionals which also created the Red Ribbon (pictured at left), A Day With(out)Artwas envisioned as a “day of mourning and action in response to the AIDS crisis”—not so much a day without art,as a day to use art to honor individual legacies, commemorate personal loss and to underline the necessity of increased awareness and action to combat the ongoing epidemic.

In observance of the day, the museum has organized a series of programming events to correspond with the theme In Memoriam: Loss, Identity and History in the Age of AIDS, in conjunction with Robert Atkins, art historian and writer. The museum will offer free admission and a variety of programs including a screening of the film Video Remains, a striking documentary devoted to filmmaker Alexandra Juhasz’s best friend’s memory and final days, a lecture by Robert Atkins entitled In Mourning and In Rage: Art About AIDS, a panel discussionabout memory and loss, especially as represented in memorials, and titledIn Memoriam:Loss, Identity and History in the Age of AIDS.

Since 1989, far more effective treatments have been developed to counter the HIV virus especially the so-called “cocktail” that came into use in 1995. There is still no cure and the number of people with AIDS worldwide continues to rise. In the Coachella Valley there are now anestimated 2,612 cases of people living with HIV, with 20% of them unaware that they are infected with the virus. The Palm Springs Art Museum’s participation in this event is intended to be a reminder that this crisis is not over and of the museum’s role as a forum and place for community conversation.

A Day With(out) Art Programming Overview at the Palm Springs Art Museum

Throughout the day:

  • Changing visual presentations in the museum’s Houston Atrium contributed by several museum councils, including the Western Art Council, the Photography Collection Council, the Artists Council and the Contemporary Art Council
  • Docent spotlights of art works that address death, loss and/or memory
  • An installation of relevant works from the museum’s permanent collection and a “Memorial Wall” in Zone 101 in the Hoover Gallery where participants can share written memories of people who have died

A Day With(out) Art Special Programs:

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Annenberg Theater

Screening of Video Remains, 2004, 55 minutes, followed by a Q&A with director Alexandra Juhasz, the Pitzer College Professor and filmmaker who created this contemplative and loving memorial to one gay man lost to AIDS and a larger perspective on what changes (and remains) after death.

1 – 2 p.m. – Annenberg Theater

In Mourning and In Rage: Art About AIDS,

Lecture by Robert Atkins, art historian and writer

Robert Atkins co-founded Visual AIDS, curated From Media to Metaphor: Art About AIDS, the first international traveling exhibition about AIDS, and initiated Artery: The AIDS-Arts Forum. This lecture chronicles the artists and activists of an era that produced, what Atkins terms “one of the most significant bodies of political art—or any kind of art—of the twentieth century.”

2:30 – Annenberg Theater

Caballeros - The Gay Men’s Chorus of Palm Springs will perform two songs written by composer Robert Seeley (director of Caballeros)

2:45 – 4:15 p.m. – Annenberg Theater

Panel discussion: In Memoriam:Loss, Identity and History in the Age of AIDS

This panel discussion, moderated by Robert Atkins, will feature panelists Alexandra Juhasz, Sally Olins, civic leader and Rabbi of Temple Isaiah, and architect Daniel Spencer who designed the first AIDS memorial in the US. It will provide distinct perspectives on the subjects of memorialization, identity and history as they relate to AIDS and as they relate to Palm Springs. Such considerations include: How can the city diversify its perspective on the past to include those who were not Hollywood celebrities? Is an AIDS memorial needed?

4:15  p.m. -- A free reception will follow in the Toor Café.

The Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert will also participate in A Day With(out) Art at The Galen building.  On December 1, the museum’s Teen Connection Group will create a timeline through discussion that will be visible to the public, and on December 6, from 5-8 pm a program of rare videos will be screened, several recorded for early Days With(out) Art by performing arts organizations such as the Kitchen in New York or supportive cable networks, especially Bravo.