Palm Springs Modernism Week Schedule 2022

Modernism Week, the annual festival that highlights midcentury modern architecture, art, interior and landscape design, and vintage culture in the Palm Springs area of Southern California, will offer Modernism Week – October from October 13-16, 2022. While smaller in scope than the 11-day festival held annually each February, the October Palm Springs Modernism Week schedule offers more than 50 events during 4-days, including several free and low-cost programs. A full schedule of events may be viewed online at modernismweek.com starting July 25 and tickets will go on sale August 1, 2022 at 12 noon PST. 

TOURS

A hallmark of Palm Springs Modernism Week schedule of events are the inspirational and educational tours of neighborhoods, significant buildings, and residences. Tours this year include: 

While viewing the Modernism Week Featured Home Tour: Hi-Sun, participants will be captivated by the dramatic panoramic view of stone and mountain as the natural backdrop at Modernism Week’s latest Featured Home. Designed by Charles Du Bois and built by the Alexander Construction Company in 1963 as the model home for the Las Palmas Summit Estates development in the Vista Las Palmas neighborhood, this home is the personal residence of Kevin Kemper and Howard Hawkes of H3K Home+Design. Original features such as the living room’s stone fireplace have been retained as the house was remodeled to reflect the designers’ signature style. Modernism Week sponsors Brizo, Dunn-Edwards, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, JennAir, and Willis generously contributed to this project. October 13 – 16, $35.

Be the first to see the newly renovated Alexander Estate in the House of Tomorrow Home Tour. Located in the historic Vista Las Palmas neighborhood, this extraordinary home was built in 1960 by architect William Krisel for Helene and Robert Alexander of the Alexander Construction Company. It is known as the “House of Tomorrow” and popularly as the “Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway,” where Elvis and Priscilla Presley honeymooned in 1967. October 13-16, $35. A twilight tour and cocktail reception for a limited number of guests at House of Tomorrow is available at 4:30 p.m. on October 13, 14, and 16. This tour is for ages 21 and older and tickets are $125.

Modernism Week’s signature Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour provides guests with a 2.5-hour overview of significant civic and commercial buildings, as well as residential properties. Daily tours will depart across the street from the Palm Springs Art Museum, located at 101 Museum Drive, where Modernism Week will have a tour kiosk for check-in. Legendary performer Charles Phoenix will conduct his special version of this tour each day at 8:30 a.m. Celebrated drag performer Bella da Ball will guide the tour at dusk on Oct. 14 and 15, and special Twilight Tours are offered Oct. 14 and 15. Tickets are $120 for the standard tour, $60 for the Twilight tour, $70 for the Bella da Ball tour, and $150 for the Charles Phoenix tour.

Join Modernism Week architectural tour guides for an exploration of the buildings by ten of the most notable Desert Modernist architects in Palm Springs. Midcentury Top Ten Tour: Ten Architects Who Made Palm Springs Modern is a small group guided tour on board an air conditioned mini-coach. See the best of the best. October 14 and 16, $130.

Thirty-minute self-guided tours of architect Albert Frey’s Frey House II offer a rare opportunity to see the residence of modernist architect Albert Frey and gain insight into this modern master’s architectural sensibility. The tour occurs each day of Modernism Week – October and tickets are $75. A twilight tour and cocktail reception for a limited number of guests at Frey II is available at 4:30 p.m. each evening. This tour is for ages 21 and older and tickets are $125.

Cul de Sac A-Go-Go, the groundbreaking midcentury immersive time capsule extravaganza with homes on tour, classic cars, music, dancers, and high fashion, returns this year to allow participants to tour vintage homes in a secluded circle in the iconic Canyon View Estates neighborhood. Special surprises make this an event participants won’t forget. The tour takes place October 16 and tickets are $95.

Temple Isaiah – The Evolution of Classical to Extreme Modernism is a guided tour of Temple Isaiah that contrasts the E. Stewart Williams modernist-designed 1950s Al Liberman Chapel with the 1980s west-facing addition. The brutalist 1980s addition, dedicated to Abe Bochner and family, was originally conceived in 1971 by Donald Wexler and later in 1982 designed by David Christian. October 13 and 14, $50.

Participants of The Lautner Compound Tour will have the opportunity to explore famed American architect John Lautner’s 1947 residential fourplex formerly known as Hotel Lautner. The owners have reintroduced this award-winning property as The Lautner Compound. It features a collection of three boutique properties masterfully restored and designed: The Lautner, The Park and The Ranch House. October 15, $50. 

A self-driving Sustainable Homes Tour will be offered any showcase some of the High Desert’s most “eco” homes.  Attendees will have access to private residences not normally open to the public, where they will be able to view homes powered exclusively by the sun, and in most cases, are completely off-grid. October 16, $45.

Modernism Week – October participants may participate in the Sunnylands Historic House Tour where visitors have access to guided tours of the famed Sunnylands estate, designed by renowned architect A. Quincy Jones in 1966 and restored in 2012. October 13-16, $75.

The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation will host Frank Sinatra’s “Twin Palms” Estate Tour of Sinatra’s storied estate, designed by modernist architect E. Stewart Williams in 1947. This is a self-guided tour and tourgoers will receive an eight-page color collectible handout. October 13, $45.

For the first time ever, Modernism Week participants will have an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, home of the world-renowned BNP Paribas Open tennis championship tournament. In the Behind the Scenes Tour of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden participants will enjoy an exclusive tour of the Coachella Valley’s “Mega-Structure” at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden and enjoy a lunch at the nearby Indian Wells Golf Resort. October 15, $120.

Celebrate the Centennial Anniversary of the historic Cavanagh Adobe residence in Indian Wells by participating in the Centennial Celebration for the Cavanagh Adobe, a 3-part event including a presentation, home tour, and lunch. October 14, $85.

Other exciting tours include Palm Springs Historical Society daily walking tours of Frank Sinatra’s Neighborhood, Hidden Paradise of Showbiz Legends, Golden Era of Hollywood Homes, and many more. All tours are $45.

Cul de Sac exterior; Photo by Tom Dolle
Cul de Sac exterior; Photo by Tom Dolle

SPECIAL EVENTS 

Palm Springs Modernism Fall Show features more than 45 premier exhibitors from across the U.S. and Europe presenting and offering for sale 21st century contemporary designs, rare and beautiful vintage furniture, lighting, sculpture, paintings, silver, jewelry, ceramics, art glass, rugs, prints, photography, posters, vintage clothing and accessories reflecting all design movements of the 20th century and especially highlighting midcentury modern design. Weekend show hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. October 16 and 17, $25.

PS UNDERGROUND’S new show, STARSTRUCK offers an all new, exciting musical dinner event that pays tribute to the glamorous, star-studded history of Palm Springs:This one-of-a-kind musical dinner event includes a four-course menu and free flowing cocktails. October 13-16, $165.

At A Curated Vintage Event retailers and private dealers from all over will showcase their finest hard-to-find vintage apparel, textiles, jewelry, and accessories in one upscale venue at Temple Isaiah. It takes place October 15 and tickets are $20 for first dibs preview and $10 for general admission. 

Casual Concours, The Desert’s Most Fabulous Midcentury Car Show: Disco Inferno returns this year at the Desert Princess Country Club in Cathedral City. This popular event will feature approximately 150 cars and will be set in a relaxed resort environment with a dramatic backdrop of mountains and palm trees. October 15, $20.

Learn how to make iconic, classic cocktails of the midcentury era at home at the Midcentury Mixology Cocktail Clinic at Mr. Lyons in this hands-on mixology class at the historic Mr. Lyons restaurant. October 14-16, and each day will offer two classes at 11 a.m. -1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. $75.

Hosted by H3K Home+Design, the Modernism Yard Sale offers dozens of curated booths featuring a wide range of vintage items. This sale has become one of Modernism Week’s most popular free events. October 16, 8 am – 12 pm, FREE.

Where to Stay during Palm Springs Modernism Week?

The Weekend boutique hotel Palm Springs Front Door.
The Weekend boutique hotel Palm Springs Front Door.

Palm Springs is famous for its stylish boutique hotels, one of which will surely suit you to a “T.” Click the link to browse the best.

PARTIES

Palm Springs Modernism Week schedule attendees are invited to attend the festive Opening Night Party and Early Buying Preview Reception at the Palm Springs Modernism Fall Show at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Friday night opening party, a benefit for Modernism Week, is the prime opportunity for shopping direct from dealers before the show opens to the public on Saturday. The event takes place October 14 and tickets are available in advance for $85 at modernismweek.com or at the door for $95 and includes daily re-entry to the show. 

Catch the Wave Tiki Cocktail Party at historic Miles C. Bates “Wave” House will feature tropical cocktails and appetizers, an architecture talk, entertainment by DJ Modgirl, and a performance by the Joslyn Strummers ukulele band. October 13, $150.

At the Midcentury Mai Tai Domination Cocktail Party, bartenders from the top tiki bars in Palm Springs will face off in the ultimate tiki cocktail challenge to see who serves the best Mai Tai. Tropical drink-loving guests will determine the champion in a classic Polynesian tiki-themed and Trousdale-designed mid-century home. October 15, $125.

At A Mod Evening at Miralon participants will celebrate Modernism Week under the stars with a poolside nod to mod while enjoying cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and live entertainment from The Martini Kings. October 14, $40.

Curated-Collection 1 Fall Preview; Photo by David A Lee
Curated-Collection 1 Fall Preview; Photo by David A Lee

TALKS

Lost, Saved & Endangered: Modernist Architecture in Palm Springs is a popular presentation byPalm Springs Preservation Foundation board president Gary Johns who will present a popular and entertaining slide lecture, replete with amusing anecdotes and rarely seen vintage photos. October 14, Free.

Brad Dunning, curator of an upcoming 2024 exhibition about architect Albert Frey, will present a sneak preview of his research and findings in Albert Frey: Innovative Thinker of the Modern Movement,. October 14, Free. 

Join author James Harlan for a special book signing event of his book “The Alexanders,” which delves into midcentury architecture in Palm Springs produced by the Alexander Construction Company. The event will begin with a 10-minute presentation and Q&A before getting into the book signing. Books can be purchased at the event as well. October 15, Free.

Jim Cook and Vinny Stoppia present Hollywood at Home in Palm Springs, a magical journey to the storied histories of Palm Springs and Hollywood and how both their destinies followed a similar path. October 14, $20.

Spend an afternoon with the editors at Atomic Ranch and get an up-close-and-personal tour of a recently renovated Modernism Week Featured Home at Atomic Ranch + H3K: A DuBois Talk & Tour. Called “Hi-Sun,” this 1963 model home in Las Palmas Summit Estates was designed by Charles DuBois, an architect who is increasingly recognized for his contributions to desert modernism. October 15, $55.

Modernism Week’s signature 11-day festival will take place February 17-27, 2022. Tickets will be available starting November 1 at 12 p.m. PST and may be viewed on line starting October 25. To receive updates, visit modernismweek.com and sign up to receive the free M-Weekly newsletter. 

About Modernism Week

Modernism Week is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, providing scholarships to local Palm Springs students pursuing college educations in the fields of architecture and design; as well as giving grants to local and state organizations for their efforts to preserve modernist architecture throughout the state of California. 

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