Modernism Week 2020 is just around the corner, so it’s time to start planning if you haven’t already! The annual celebration of architecture and design is happening throughout Greater Palm Springs from February 13-23, 2020, and there are so many great returning events and exciting new experiences that you won’t want to miss.
The scope of events is diverse, including interior and exterior home tours, walking and bike tours, double-decker bus tours, educational lectures and presentations, film screenings, expert panels, garden tours, a classic car show, dinners, nightly parties and more.
New for 2020
Double-Decker Architectural Bus Tour // Photo by David Lee
For 2020, there are four Modernism Week Featured Homes and one Modernism Week Showcase Home, all of which will be available for interior tours. The Featured Homes include designs by architects Charles DuBois and Walter S. White and updates by designers Christopher Kennedy, Grace Home Furnishings and Michelle Boudreau, and the Showcase Home is a 1948 design by Herbert Burns that is being restored by Thomboy Properties.
Divine DuBois house rendering
The Opening Night Party, “Space Modyssey 2020,” will transform the Palm Springs Air Museum into a futuristic space station, complete with intergalactic cocktails and atomic party cuisine (provided by Lulu California Bistro) and entertainment by David Bowie tribute performer, “Space Oddity.”
The keynote speaker for Modernism Week 2020 is internationally acclaimed architect Daniel Libeskind, who will share the story of his architectural journey during a talk at the Annenberg Theater at Palm Springs Art Museum, followed by a wine reception in the museum’s sculpture garden.
Love Hollywood history? Check out “Sunny & Her Hollywood Blondes,” a hit stage show by Sunny Thompson, or the talk by Joshua Greene about his father Milton Greene, who photographed Hollywood greats. You also won’t want to miss Nancy Sinatra’s appearance at the Historic Plaza Theatre in downtown Palm Springs.
A Curated Collection at Temple Isaiah
Vintage fashion lovers will enjoy "Through the Looking Glass," which includes a retrospective fashion show of fine vintage apparel by designers such as Pucci and Givenchy, as well as "A Curated Collection," featuring retailers and private dealers from around the country showcasing their finest vintage clothing, textiles, jewelry and accessories for sale.
Other new events for 2020 include the world premiere of "Frey II: The Architectural Interpreter," the second part of a two-part documentary from director Jake Gorst and produced by Design Onscreen; a panel on the saving of the Sunset Magazine archives; the Palm Springs Modern Committee’s Iconic Home Tour of the Shea Residence; the “Nutty Professor” party at the Jerry Lewis House; a series of talks on Australia’s modern architecture; the “Daughters of Design: Bertoia, Eames and Saarinen” presentation; and so much more!
Popular Returning Events and Features
CAMP entrance // Photo by David Lee
Modernism Week’s CAMP (“Community And Meeting Place”) will again serve as the central hub for Modernism Week, featuring a box office, information desk, café by Cheeky’s, merchandise store by Destination PSP, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery demonstration kitchen in partnership with JennAir and Brizo, designer lounges and a theater. The Dreamboats, a popular singing group, will offer free performances at CAMP. Entrance into CAMP is free and open to the public, open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale will celebrate its 20th year in 2020, featuring more than 90 top national and international decorative and fine arts dealers at the Palm Springs Convention Center from February 14-17. The Modernism Show & Sale will again be accompanied by the Palm Springs Modern Design Expo, which will showcase 40 dealers featuring contemporary home design products and technology.
Frey House II // Photo by Bethany Nauert for Palm Springs Style
Popular returning events include the Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours, Illuminated Modern (an after-dark architectural lighting display in downtown and sunset architectural bus tours), Sunnylands tours, tours of Frey House II and the Cree House (aka the “Forgotten Frey” house), tours of iconic homes throughout the oasis, including the residence formerly owned by Frank Sinatra, architectural walking tours specially curated for Modernism Week, the Martinis On the Mountain party, Modern Garden Tour, and Ask a Landscape Designer.
Modern Garden Tour // Photo by David Lee
Also returning is the Palm Springs Door Tour, which is produced by my company Palm Springs Style in partnership with Dunn-Edwards Paints. The tour departs from The Saguaro Palm Springs, with attendees riding bikes to explore the colorful midcentury doors of the Indian Canyons neighborhood.
Palm Springs Door Tour // Photo by Bethany Nauert for Palm Springs Style
You can purchase tickets now for these great events and more on the Modernism Week website.
If you're looking for more things to do in this SoCal oasis, check out our full events calendar in Greater Palm Springs.