California Travel Tips

Take a Detour for Palm Springs Modernism Week

Published on: February 12, 2020


Nothing quite compares with Palm Springs in the spring, and there’s certainly no event in California that captures the lifestyle, history and essence of a place like¬†Modernism Week, happening Feb.13-23, 2020.

If you are unable to go you can still buy a cool poster by California artist Shag (Josh Agle.) It’s his third in a series of five promised Modernism Week tributes to ¬†consumerism and consumption–where the characters drink, smoke and eat in lavish, stylish surroundings. Proceeds from the sale of these posters benefit Modernism Week, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.

Expect plenty of sunshine and 70-75 degrees daytime temps as you secure your tickets to see the amazing Miles Bates “Wave” House with a curving roof that mimics the San Jacinto mountains behind it. Opened publicly for the first time since its remarkable restoration, the 1955 showpiece is one of more than 40 houses in and around Palm Desert designed by local-born Walter S. White, influential to the development of a mid-century modern architecture adapted for the harsh environment of the Coachella Valley.

Also showcased this season is the Guggenheim House in Indian Canyons and Mesa Modern, a newly-constructed indoor|outdoor masterpiece in the Mesa neighborhood.

While San Francisco each year produces its Decorator Showcase House fundraiser (Apr.25-May 25, 2020) primarily in one location, Palm Springs Modernism Week takes over the town with featured, signature and showcase homes, bus tours, walking tours, bike tours, lectures, films, parties, vintage trailer show, classic car show, shopping and more.

Modernism is generally considered a break with past social traditions in search of new forms of expression. In the West many see it as a socially progressive trend of thought that affirms the power of human beings to create, improve and reshape their environment.

Palm Springs Modernism Week offers a much needed detour each spring–when the desert weather can’t be beat.

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