Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist

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Where

Palm Springs Art Museum

When

November 19, 2020 – September 5, 2021

Where

Palm Springs Art Museum

When

November 19, 2020 – September 5, 2021

The first major exhibition of the under-recognized American modernist painter who worked in Cathedral City since the exhibition at Palm Springs Desert Museum in 1995. 

Although she painted conventional landscapes and portraits, Agnes Pelton (1881–1961) is most celebrated for her abstract compositions that reflect her interest in esoteric subjects and occult philosophies, including numerology and Agni Yoga with its principal focus on fire as a guiding force.

Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist

This catalogue accompanies the first survey of this under-recognized American painter in over 22 years. Her distinctive paintings could be described as metaphysical landscapes rooted in the California desert near Cathedral City.

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This exhibition is organized by Phoenix Art Museum and curated by Gilbert Vicario, The Selig Family Chief Curator.

The Palm Springs Art Museum presentation is curated by Rochelle Steiner, originating curator.

Lead support is provided by the Mary Ingebrand-Pohlad Foundation and Pamela & James Muzzy.

Generous support is provided by Vicki & Bill Hood and Yvonne & Steve Maloney.

Additional Support is provided by Nora & Guy Barron and The Sam and Diane Stewart Family Foundation.

This season’s exhibitions are sponsored by the Herman & Faye Sarkowsky Charitable Foundation.


Image: Agnes Pelton, Messengers, 1932. Oil on canvas. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum; Gift of The Melody S. Robidoux Foundation, 2014.39.

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