Tickets Are on Sale Now for February’s Must-See Attractions at Modernism Week 2023!
Calling all fans of midcentury modern architecture! Modernism Week is returning to Palm Springs for its annual celebration of vintage art, architecture, design and culture from Feb. 16-26, 2023. Whether you know midcentury modern architecture and design like the back of your hand or your curiosity is just starting to blossom, this popular 11-day festival is the perfect way to enjoy hundreds of events like touring iconic homes, partying under the stars and more. Sound like a blast from the past? Here are 9 things to look forward to at Modernism Week 2023!
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Modernism Week’s Opening Night Party Goes Studio 54
Get ready to shake your groove thing! Potentially the most incredible evening of the year, Modernism Week’s Opening Night partygoers will be met with an electric ‘70s-style nightclub atmosphere, featuring music, refreshments and dancing all night long. Expect live disco, funk, soul and pop performances from Studio 54 Explosion as well as velvet ropes and plenty of celebrity sightings.
Featured Home: The Shag House
Reimagined under the concept of stepping into a real-life Shag painting, The Shag House is the product of this Southern California artist’s reimagining of a classic 1958 Midcentury Alexander pool home. In order to achieve the look and feel of stepping into one of his paintings, Shag (AKA Josh Agle) has created a fully immersive tour experience that draws on the style of his artwork while still honoring the original layout and design.12/30
Featured Home: Yoasis
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Thanks to Grace Home Furnishings, this classic 1965 midcentury modern home has been brought into the 21st century in the form of Yoasis, a hip and eye-catching vacation home that marries Hollywood Regency style designs with bohemian flair. Visitors will love seeing the balance of vintage and new designs with the choice of textiles, wallpaper and pops of color.
Featured Home: Hi-Sun
With its clean lines and bold design, the Hi-Sun residence is the personal home of H3K Home+Design’s Kevin Kemper and Howard Hawkes. Built by the Alexander Construction Company in 1963 and designed by Charles Du Bois as a model home, this home boasts midcentury modern features, such as the living room’s stone fireplace, along with some Hawaiian influences.
Local Insight: These featured home projects have been sponsored by Bang & Olufsen, Brizo, California Closets, Dunn-Edwards, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, Flor, JennAir, and Willis.12/20
Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour
Want the best views possible? Sit back and relax on Modernism Week’s signature 2.5-hour bus tour, which will take you on a ride to view Palm Springs’ most significant and impactful midcentury architectural treasures. Hop on the double-decker bus for a smooth ride through different neighborhoods while soaking up the sun, feeling a gentle breeze through your hair and listening to knowledgeable guides discuss the city’s architectural diversity and historical richness.12/31
Every day during Modernism Week at downtown Palm Springs’ Hyatt, Modernism Week’s Community and Meeting Place (CAMP) will act as a fun, free central activity hub with everything you need to get your plans in order, including an information desk, the Modernism Week store by Destination PSP, a theater and a free daily Professional Color Consultation by Dunn-Edwards. CAMP offers free entry and free parking, and it’s open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Local Insight: Hyatt Palm Springs is offering special room rates for a limited time with Hyatt group code: G-10MO.
Palm Springs Modernism Show
Hosted at the Palm Springs Convention Center, the 22nd Annual Modernism Show will showcase vintage furniture plus decorative and fine art from 125 leading exhibitors from across the US and Europe. Exhibition visitors can expect pieces that reflect various 20th-century design movements (with a strong emphasis on midcentury modern styles) combined with original 21st-century designs.
Costume and Set Design for “Don’t Worry Darling”
Whether or not you loved Warner Bros.’ recent psychological thriller “Don’t Worry Darling,” the movie’s sets and costumes are undeniably gorgeous. If you’d like to learn more about the behind-the-scenes, artistic decisions, head to the Palm Springs Art Museum to listen to an engaging talk from the film’s Oscar- and Emmy-nominated designers, followed by a beautiful reception in the sculpture garden.
Charles Phoenix Supermarket Superstars
If you’re in the mood for something fun, humorous and totally unforgettable, head to humorist Charles Phoenix’s hilarious spin on the great American supermarket shopping spree! Although it’ll surely be a surprising event, attendees can look forward to filling up on tons of midcentury grocery stories and more.
Local Insight: Every event is open to the public, so get ready to book your tickets starting Nov. 1, 2022 (after noon Pacific Time). And be sure to follow @modernism_week on social media for updates!
Born and raised near the Pacific Coast, Jordan Nishkian is a California girl through and through. She graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a BA in Creative Writing and a BA in Anthropology, and her favorite place to be is curled up in a comfy chair with a book in her hand and a pen in her hair.