For the past ten years, people from around the country and the world have converged on Palm Springs to celebrate mid-century design and architecture during the annual Modernism Week. While the main event is coming up in February (Feb. 12 – 22, 2015), the Modernism Week Fall Preview is being held over Columbus Day weekend (Oct. 10 – 13, 2014) as a mini-Modernism Week and kick-off to the Palm Springs social season. Tickets for the Modernism Week Fall Preview weekend are on sale now (including new ‘weekender’ packages), and this year’s lineup includes some great new events.
The weekend’s festivities will start with “Aloha, Modernism Week: A Modern Beach Party with a Twist of Elvis,” being held at the new Hacienda Cantina & Beach Club designed by Chris Pardo of Elemental Architecture. This poolside “beach” party will transport attendees to 1960s Waikiki to enjoy signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while listening to the music of the era, and a free screening of the 1961 Elvis Presley movie, “Blue Hawaii,” is also slated.
This year will mark the first fall edition of the Modernism Show & Sale at the Palm Springs Convention Center, featuring 45 national and international dealers offering furniture, decorative and fine arts. The show will open on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 10 a.m. with an exclusive “early bird” shopping preview until noon benefiting Modernism Week ($25 admission includes return entry all weekend). The regular weekend show hours are Saturday from 12 – 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and regular admission to the show is $15.
The fall preview weekend will also include a sneak peak of the Palm Springs Art Museum’s soon-to-open Architecture and Design Center, tours of Frey House II, architectural walking and bike tours, double-decker architectural bus tours, a cocktail reception showcasing photographs of the Salton Sea and the popular “Lost, Saved and Endangered” lecture and tour.
For tickets and additional information, visit ModernismWeek.com.