Modernism Week Takes to the High Seas! Get Your Passport Ready: Modernism Goes Mediterranean in 2019

First-Ever Modernism Week Cruise Will Provide Participants with Opportunities to See Stunning Mediterranean Modernist Structures 

Modernism Week’s CEO Chris Mobley

Modernism Week announced that it has partnered with Oceania Cruises to offer the first-ever ModernismWeek@Sea educational excursion on Oceania’s Marina. This 7-day cruise, hosted by Modernism Week’s CEO Chris Mobley, will visit eight culturally significant Mediterranean ports that demonstrate how modern influences in architecture and design have been artfully folded into these sometimes ancient cities. The cruise participants will explore Spain, France and Monaco through special Modernism Week-curated tours and parties. ModernismWeek@Sea is an enriching custom-curated travel experience centered […]

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Modernism Week Runs Through Feb. 25th—Here's Our Top Picks for What to See and Do!

Modernism Week, the ultimate celebration of midcentury architecture, design, and culture, kicked off February 15th and runs through February 25th, so if you haven’t attended any of the events yet—there’s still time! Modernism Week’s signature February Event is an annual celebration of midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture right here in Palm Springs. Enjoy more than 350 events including the Modernism Show & Sale, Signature Home Tours, films, lectures, Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours, nightly parties and live music, walking and bike tours, tours of Sunnylands, fashion, classic cars, modern garden tours, a vintage travel trailer […]

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Seventh Edition of Art Palm Springs Returns: February 15th - 19th + 2018 Artists of the Year!

Ariel Varxassal, Jorge Mendez Gallery

Get ready for the seventh edition of Art Palm Springs—February 15 – 19, 2018!

Art Palm Springs is the premier art fair in the Southwest presenting post-war and contemporary art. The seventh annual edition will bring nearly 80 galleries from Asia, North and South America, and Europe, that represent more than 300 artists, and brings a world of art to the Palm Springs Convention Center. The increasingly popular fair has more than doubled the number of attending galleries since launching from just over 30 in 2013 to over 60 in 2017, drawing thousands of art buyers and […]

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New Modern Design Expo Joins The Palm Springs Modernism Show

Exciting news on one of our favorite events: New Modern Design Expo joins popular Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale. The Modernism Show & Sale is the most well-attended event of Modernism Week drawing more than 10,000 attendees last year. Celebrating its 18th year in February, the event is produced by Dolphin Promotions, which organizes antiques, art and design shows across the nation including Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Sarasota, and the San Francisco Bay Area. The 2018 Show & Sale will offer important 20th and 21st Century furniture and art objects and the Design Expo will offer cutting-edge modern design and technology.

“We are so excited to introduce the […]

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Can't Wait for Modernism Week 2018? Fall Preview Is Just around the Corner!

If you’re like me, Palm Springs Modernism Week is one of the highlights of the season! Can’t wait till February? You’re in luck: Modernism Week Fall Preview (October 19-22, 2017) is just around the corner. This exciting event has been expanded to four days and is an excellent opportunity to get a sneak peak at what will be coming up for Modernism Week 2018 (February 15-25, 2018). 

The weekend’s events provide attendees with a sampling of the events and activities that will be offered during the annual 11-day festival in February 2018. Highlights of the October Fall Preview include a wide range of […]

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Get Excited for Palm Springs Modernism Week—Here's What's On Deck!

Photo credit: David A. Lee Photography

Modernism Week’s signature February festival will take place February 16-26, 2017, highlighting midcentury modern architecture, art, interior and landscape design, and vintage culture in the Palm Springs area of Southern California. For the twelfth year, the annual 11-day festival will feature a wide array of events including the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale, tours of iconic homes in more than 25 neighborhoods including the Signature Home Tour on both weekends, architectural walking, biking and double-decker bus tours, a world-class series of film screenings and informative talks, tours of the historic Annenberg Estate at Sunnylands, a Palm Springs Walk of Stars dedication for John […]

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Palm Springs Spotlight: Modernism Week Announces Local Contributions

You’ve heard of Modernism Week. You’ve probably even attended a grand event or two. But did you know that this annual festival also gives back on a grand scale? Modernism Week recently announced that it contributed significant funds to local Coachella Valley neighborhood organizations, local and statewide preservation organizations, and awarded two new scholarships for aspiring architectural students.

An 11-day festival celebrating midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture in the greater Palm Springs area, Modernism Week is hugely popular with architects, designers, collectors, and modernism aficionados from around the world. During its signature annual February event in 2016, more than 77,500 […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Lisa Vossler Smith, Executive Director of Modernism Week

Lisa Vossler Smith is the Executive Director of Modernism Week and is passionate about promoting cultural tourism and the rich heritage of the Palm Springs desert region.  Lisa attended Indio High School and grew up in La Quinta where she began her early career training at La Quinta Hotel. After graduating from the University of California, Irvine, Lisa pursued a career path in special event management, which eventually led to her employment at the Palm Springs Art Museum where she was most recently the Senior Director of Administration & Operations. Lisa and her husband, the artist Phillip K. Smith III, […]

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Greater Palm Springs Pride Unveils 2015 Marketing Campaign

Greater Palm Springs Pride recently unveiled artwork [pictured at right] created by renowned, mid-century modern artist, Nat Reed as the cornerstone of the 2015 marketing campaign for Palm Spring Pride Festival and Parade scheduled to take place November 6-8, 2015 in downtown Palm Springs.

“We wanted to take our marketing to an all new level,” stated Ron deHarte, President, Greater Palm Springs Pride. “There are six major Southern California Pride Festivals and we wanted a brand and a compelling image that was iconic, very Palm Springs-centric and that would really stand out,” said deHarte.

“We loved what Nat came up with,” said […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Modernism Week Chairman Chris Mobley

Chris Mobley opened his midcentury modern design store, Just Modern, in 2011 in Palm Springs. He currently serves as the Board Chairman of Modernism Week Palm Springs. Most recently, he collaborated on the book, “The Desert Modernists: The Architects Who Envisioned Midcentury Modern Palm Springs.” 

Kate Buckley: Chris, what led you to open your store, Just Modern—specializing in unique, midcentury modern inspired home accessories, art furniture and decor—in Palm Springs? 

Chris Mobley: My partner and I bought our home in Palm Springs in 2010 and immediately went on the search for art, decor, furniture and accessories. In particular, we were searching for a […]

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