For those of us who enjoy art, one of the most extraordinary exhibitions ever to come to the Palm Springs area will get underway on February 25, 2017 and run through April 30 at the Palm Springs Art Museum. When one considers all the amazing exhibits we have enjoyed over the decades it is hard to pinpoint one in particular that surpassed all the rest. However, Desert X might just be a contender. The 2015 brainchild of Susan Davis, the editorial director of the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, her intention was reportedly to focus attention on the natural environment of the Valley, as well as make an important statement on relevant issues.
Desert X is curated by Artistic Director Neville Wakefield whose work has been critically praised for exhibiting new art in alternative spaces. Having overseen a similar art event, elevation 1049, in the Swiss Alps resort of Gstaad, he is currently involved in the ongoing redesign of Playboy magazine. The opening of Desert X will dovetail very nicely with Modernism Week, as well as with the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio.
The international exhibit includes individual donors from the valley as well as program partners including: Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Sunnylands Center and Gardens, Triada Palm Springs Hotel, Modernism Week, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Palm Springs Art Museum, and the Autograph Collection Hotel. The collective effort of so many engaged and brilliant people will undoubtedly create a new tradition during the two months we all have to enjoy this extraordinary undertaking.
It is no secret that the Coachella Valley landscape is breathtaking. Artists come from all over the world to create in this unique environment that lends itself so perfectly to every artistic medium. The landscape of the Mohave Desert changes hourly, embraced as it is by the shadows and light of both sun and moon. Its surreal beauty lends itself very well to creativity and artistic gifts of the many world-class artisans that either live here or come here to visit.
With the Coachella Valley itself for a canvas, how could Desert X go wrong? Focusing on the environment from Palm Springs all the way out to Salton Sea, the results are bound to be unforgettable. Don’t miss this environmental artistic smorgasbord during the two months we are privileged to host it here in the valley. Go out and make it a great week and enjoy the beauty of the season.
For more information about the 2017 Desert X International Art Exhibition visit https://www.desertx.org.
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