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January 2020 – LB Architecture Week

Month: January 2020

Modernism Week Festival to Offer 26 Talks and Presentations at the Annenberg Theater

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 26 informative and entertaining talks, panel discussions, other presentations at various locations during the 11-day event that runs February 13-23, 2020. A distinguished array of speakers – all leaders in their fields – will share their knowledge and insights with Modernism Week audiences each day of the event. Tickets range from $12 – $65 for talks and panels. Tickets may be purchased at, and a portion of ticket proceeds benefit Modernism Week (a non-profit organization) and other local preservation, neighborhood and community groups.
Many presentations will take place at the Annenberg Theater at the Palm Springs Art Museum and other locations. Here are some highlights from the schedule of talks and presentations at the Annenberg Theater:
Keynote Speaker: Daniel Libeskind: Edge of Order
Architect, artist, professor, and set designer Daniel Libeskind will present the annual Modernism Week keynote address. “Architecture is the atmosphere, the story that has been created, and you’re part of it.” Internationally acclaimed architect Daniel Libeskind shares the incredible story of his architectural journey. (February 15, 1 PM, $45-$65).
Concurrent with the major Palm Springs Art Museum exhibition ‘Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe’ there are two presentations focused on Girard’s design legacy. Aleishall Girard Maxon and Kori Girard, Girard’s grandchildren and co-directors of the Girard Studio, will present ‘Alexander Girard: Collector and Selector’ (Feb. 17, 1 PM, $15), and renowned American fashion and lifestyle designer Todd Oldham will present a fast paced and visually entertaining talk, ‘Todd Oldham Loves Alexander Girard’ (Feb. 20, 3:30 PM, $35).
Three presentations will interest photography enthusiasts. Pierluigi Serraino and Erica Stoller will offer a presentation on American master Ezra Stoller with ‘Ezra Stoller: Midcentury Photographer of Architectural Excellence,’ (Feb. 19, 11 AM, $12). Through his photography, Darren Bradley will present the architectural legacy of Modernism architecture in ‘Columbus: Indiana’s Modernist Experiment,’ (Feb. 19, 9 AM $12). Acclaimed photographer Milton Greene is best known for his iconic photo sessions of Marilyn Monroe. His son, Joshua Greene, will present ‘Elegance: The World Through the Eyes of Milton H. Greene’ (Feb. 17, 3 PM, $12).
Author Dr. Elizabeth Otto investigates the untold behind-the-scenes stories of the 20th century’s most influential architecture and art movement in ‘Haunted Bauhaus: Spirit, Sex and Politics in the Design School You Thought You Knew’ (Feb. 14, 11 AM, $12).
This year there are two exciting presentations on Hollywood film design. Four-time Oscar nominated production designer Jeannine Oppewall will enlighten fans of her work on films such as L.A. Confidential, Catch Me If You Can and Pleasantville with her presentation ‘Midcentury Design on the Big Screen: Creating Worlds’ (Feb. 18, 1 PM, $12). KCRW personality Frances Anderton and the London-based designer behind the wildly popular website Film and Furniture will discuss films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner 2049 and The Shining in their presentation ‘Lights, Camera, Furniture! The Stories Behind Iconic Film Décor’ (Feb. 16, 1 PM, $15).
Two engaging panel discussions on design include ‘Partners in Design: Evelyn & Jerome Ackerman, An Intimate Look’ with Laura Ackerman-Shaw, daughter of the midcentury designers/artists, fashion designer Trina Turk, Gerard O’Brien, Peter Loughrey, Jo Lauria and Dale Gluckman (Feb. 20, 10 AM, $15). The legacy of beloved Palm Springs interior designer Steve Chase is the subject of ‘Steve Chase- An International Legacy’ with Katherine Plake Hough, Marybeth Norton, Annette Lerner and Eric Mueller (Feb. 20, 1 PM, $15).
Other exciting Modernism Week talks and presentations at the Annenberg Theatre location include:
TWA Hotel: Rebirth of a Modern Icon, Feb. 16, 9 AM, $15
The TWA Hotel now occupies Eero Saarinen’s splendidly restored 1962 TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport, midcentury modernism’s great tribute to the golden age of air travel.
The Architecture of John Lautner and Helena Arahuete, Feb. 16, 11 AM, $15
Helena Arahuete, John Lautner’s longtime associate and project architect, is completing a full restoration of Lautner’s Bob Hope House. She discusses this project, Lautner, and her own work.
Where Today Meets Tomorrow – Eero Saarinen & the General Motors Technical Center, Feb. 17, 11 AM, $15
Susan Skarsgard weaves an insider’s account of the early days of General Motors, the initiation of the tech center project by Eliel Saarinen and its design and construction by Eero Saarinen in 1956.
Beyond the Orange Curtain: Modern Life, Work and Play in Orange County, Feb. 17, 2 PM, $15
Orange County steps out of Los Angeles’ shadow to reveal its unique treasure trove of midcentury modern architecture. Architect/historian Alan Hess leads a panel exploring this little-known but surprising frontier for Modernists to explore today.
The 1931 Aluminaire House and Palm Springs, Feb. 18, 9 AM, $12
The 1931 Aluminaire House arrived with great fanfare on Valentine’s Day, 2017. Alan Hess will discuss how important it is for Palm Springs to have this architectural icon located here.
Daughters of Design: Bertoia, Eames, and Saarinen, Feb. 18, 3 PM, $18
Daughters of Design: Celia Bertoia, Carla Hartman and Susan Saarinen, “compare chairs and childhoods” with an educational and entertaining presentation filled with stories, photos and memorabilia.
In addition to these talks, Modernism Week will feature two entertaining live evening programs:
Hollywood Revisited, Feb. 19, 6 PM, $55, $75
Palm Springs loves Hollywood glamour! By popular demand Hollywood Revisited returns with a new show, new costumes, some of the biggest hits from before and special guest, Richard Chamberlain.
Sunny Thompson: Hollywood Blondes, Feb. 16, 7 PM, $55, $75
Sunny Thompson, the star of the hit documentary film, ‘Becoming Marilyn Monroe’ and long running, award-winning stage play ‘Marilyn Forever Blonde,’ returns with her hit stage show ‘Hollywood Blondes.’
Additional talks and presentations will also be offered in an intimate theater setting at CAMP, Modernism Week’s headquarters for tours and events. CAMP will be at 575 North Palm Canyon Drive in the Uptown Design District. Public programs run daily at CAMP, February 14-23 and are available for sale at
Modernism Week’s signature 11-day event will take place February 13-23, 2019. To receive updates, visit and sign up for Modernism Weekly, or follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale Celebrates its 20th Year During Modernism Week

Show & Sale Will Offer Important 20th and 21st Century Furniture and Art Objects and Design Expo Will Offer Cutting-edge Modern Design and Technology at the Most Well Attended event of Modernism Week

Palm Springs, CA (January 21, 2020) – The 20th annual Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale and the Palm Springs Modern Design Expo announced new events, partners and dealers that will be at both shows this year. Held in conjunction with Modernism Week, both shows will take place at the Palm Springs Convention Center February 14-17, 2020. Weekend admission (one ticket for both shows) is $20 in advance and $25 at the door and includes return entry all weekend and a comprehensive full-color Modernism Week events catalog. Show hours are Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Monday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Tickets are also available at the door. The Palm Springs Convention Center is located at 277 North Avenida Caballeros in Palm Springs.

Both shows open on Friday, February 14 at 6 p.m. with a festive Preview Reception to benefit Modernism Week. At this biggest party of Modernism Week, attendees will enjoy a full open bar and hors d’oeuvres, live music and an exclusive opportunity to be among the first to see and shop the world-class collections before the show opens to the general public. Tickets for the Preview Reception are $110 in advance or $125 at the door.

During the Preview Party, Hennessey + Ingalls, the largest art, architecture and design bookstore in the western United States, will host a book signing with Steven Ehrlich and Takashi Yanai of their book “Ehrlich Yanai Outside-In: New California Modernism.” This will take place at the Hennessey + Ingalls booth in the Show & Sale at 7 p.m.

The California Closets mobile showroom, which debuted at Modernism Week last year, will be located outside the Convention Center during the run of the show. This showroom features a design studio with a full range of product samples and consultants to help attendees identify the ideas and options provided by the company.

This year, an innovative and sleek pod-style prefab luxury shipping container unit from Buhaus Built will be on display outside the Palm Springs Convention Center. Designed by cofounders Nate Garnero and Douglas Burdge, AIA, the prefab is a 160 square foot dwelling unit made up of high-end finishes from Dornbracht to Corian. This multipurpose space is designed to be used as a backyard office, guest house, airbnb, and even as hotel rooms. It will be available for tours throughout the run of the Show & Sale. (Continued) News Release: Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale 2020

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A free museum exhibition will be available to Modernism Week attendees in the Convention Center lobby. The Museum of California Design returns to the Show & Sale for the seventh year with the exhibition “Kids’ Stuff: California Designs for Children.” The exhibition will feature modernist designs created by Evelyn Ackerman, Harry Bertoia, Don Chadwick, Charles and Ray Eames, Gere Kavanaugh, LaGardo Tackett and others. This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of Jacques Caussin, Judith Hendler, Javad Kheradmandan, Alvin Lee, Daniel Ostroff, and Dolphin Promotions.

The highly regarded Modernism Show & Sale will feature a record 90 premier national and international decorative and fine arts dealers with items representing all design movements of the 20th Century and select 21st century items.

New dealers at the Show & Sale include Whatever Gallery from San Diego, Habitat Gallery from Phoenix, Dex Hamilton from Los Angeles, and Royle from Miami. Returning dealers include Sputnik from Dallas, Red Modern from Phoenix, Lisa Cliff Collection from Los Angeles, Gallery 925 from San Francisco, and Den from Los Angeles. Local dealers at the Show & Sale include A La MOD, Bridges Over Time at Palm Springs Art & Design Gallery, Route 66 West, Gallery 24 Jewelry, Palm Springs Vintage Lighting, and Antique Galleries of Palm Springs.

The Show & Sale will be once again joined by the Modern Design Expo, a showcase of 45 dealers featuring contemporary cutting-edge home design products and technology. New dealers at the Modern Design Expo include Skoby Joe Ceramics from La Jolla, Resource Furniture from Los Angeles, Samina European Sleep Systems from Pasadena, and Gary Snyder Designs from Santa Cruz. Returning dealers include Amara Rugs from Torrance, Moya Living from Fountain Valley, California, Eugene Stoltzfus Furniture Design from Harrisonburg, Virginia, Les Jardins from Rancho Mirage, and Flower and Hewes from Santa Monica.

Event sponsors include Amara Rugs, Bidsquare, Bonhams,, John Moran Auctioneers, and media sponsors Antiques & Fine Art, Atomic Ranch, California Home+Design, California Homes, Palm Springs Life, and Santa Fean.

Hennessey + Ingalls, the largest art, architecture and design bookstore in the western United States, returns as the Show’s official bookseller. Founded in 1963 as an outlet for rare and out-of-print architecture books, the family-owned company’s in-depth selections of books in art and art history, all phases of architecture, photography, interior design, graphic design and landscaping has made it a valued member of the vibrant art, architecture and design communities in Southern California and beyond. Throughout the show weekend, Hennessey + Ingalls will feature book signings from various authors at their booth.

About Dolphin Promotions

Dolphin Promotions antiques and modernism shows are among the leading venues for antiques and 20th century decorative and fine arts in North America. Established more than 30 years ago, Dolphin Promotions is owned and operated by Rosemary Krieger. With more than 30 years of industry experience, Rosemary is assisted by media director Gordon Merkle, and executive assistant Charlie Walter, both with more than 25 years of experience. The combined expertise of this team is instrumental in the success of the company and the shows they produce.