Desert X r&d

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Multiple Locations


March 8 - March 10


Multiple Locations


March 8 - March 10


Price: Free


Price: Free

Desert X and Palm Springs Art Museum are launching Desert r&d, a weekend of panels, workshops, discussions, and studio visits. Free and open to the public, Desert r&d celebrates and makes space for research and development in all its forms – half-baked thoughts, process-based practices, ongoing experiments, and questions still unanswered.

Join us this spring as we gather a diverse group of creative practitioners, including artists, scientists, writers, and thinkers, to explore global questions with a local focus, employing the desert as a research laboratory.

Friday, March 8

2 PM | An Artist talk with Cara Romero

Annenberg Theater at Palm Springs Art Museum
101 N Museum Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Join us for an artist talk with Desert X 2019 artist Cara Romero, whose photographs, myths, and stories of the desert landscape will be shared as gifts to illuminate the inseparability of people and place.

3 PM | Art for a Desert Landscape

Annenberg Theater at Palm Springs Art Museum
101 N Museum Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Join us for a conversation with Adam Lerner, JoAnn McGrath Executive Director of Palm Springs Art Museum, and Neville Wakefield, Artistic Director of Desert X, to discuss what it means to work curatorially in the desert landscape. Moderated by Kaitlin Garcia-Maestas, Co-curator, Desert X 2025.

7 PM | Desert Drift

Drift Hotel Palm Springs
284 S Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Celebrate the launch of Desert r&d with our artists, spirits, and Rosemary Hi-Fi to set the vibes. All folks welcome to celebrate the start of Desert r&d.

Saturday, March 9

10 AM | Climate Futures: Creatives in Conversation

Ace Hotel & Swim Club, Palm Springs
701 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264

A conversation with Hans Baumann, Desert X 2023 artist Lauren Bon, Christian Rodriguez, and Debra Scacco, whose climate-related work and expertise spanning across visual art, poetry, urban planning, and policy will fuel us to imagine alternative hopeful futures. Moderated by Desert X Curatorial Liaison Edwin Ramoran.

12 PM | Lunch & Black History Tour with Deiter Crawford

James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center
480 W Tramview Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262

This tour will introduce you to Black pioneers of Palm Springs whose talents and perseverance overcame the prejudices in the city. This activity has a price of $150 per person and includes transportation and lunch. Tickets are limited and can be purchased in the RSVP link.

3:30 PM | Material Language: Adobe and Palms

Bubbling Wells – Historic Hot Springs Ranch
14250 Yerxa Rd, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
Entrance is on the intersection of San Gorgonio St and Yerxa Rd

Use your hands to get acquainted with the structural, sculptural, and poetic potentials of these organic materials with Maria Maea, whose mythical sculptures are woven from plants, and Ronald Rael, who is pioneering earthen architecture using 3D printing. Through discussion and practice, Maria and Ron will facilitate an intimate introduction to these raw materials. *Grounds are on dirt and multiple levels, dress appropriately with comfortable shoes.

Sunday, March 10

10 AM | In Residence: Eshan Rafi

BoxoHOUSE Projects
62732 Sullivan Rd, Joshua Tree, CA 92252

BoxoHOUSE artist-in-residence Eshan Rafi will share their artistic approaches of working with communities, including most recently documenting sites in Lahore based on their father’s stories growing up, and a performance project drawing parallels between political action and art making.

1 - 3 PM | High Desert Open Studios

Various locations High Desert

A self-driving tour of artists’ studios in the high desert. Featured artists are Dan John Anderson, John Flores, Ryan Schneider, Mansi Shah, and Desert X 2021 artist Kim Stringfellow.

RSVP is required to receive driving itinerary.

The schedule is subject to change.

This program is curated by Desert X Artistic Director Neville Wakefield, Desert X 2025 Co-curator Kaitlin Garcia-Maestas, Palm Springs Art Museum Chief Education and Community Engagement Officer Luisa Heredia, and Palm Springs Art Museum Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Sharrissa Iqbal, with the support of the Desert X and Palm Springs Art Museum teams and volunteers.

Desert r&d is presented by Desert X in partnership with Palm Springs Art Museum and with additional support from Urban Palm Springs, Boxo Projects, Rosemary Hi-Fi, the Ace Hotel & Swim Club Palm Springs, Bubbling Wells Ranch, Desert Hot Springs Inn, Drift Palm Springs, Miracle Manor, Saguaro Palm Springs, and Topo Chico.


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