If this past weekend was indeed a preview of next February’s Modernism Week in Palm Springs, the upcoming event might be the biggest yet.
While exact totals are not in yet, organizers of the recently-concluded Modernism Week Fall Preview, held October 15 through 17, reported Monday that the event appears to have been an enormous success. Despite the ongoing battle with COVID-19, most weekend events were sold out in advance, they said, and attendance at the accompanying Show and Sale at the Convention Center is projected to be higher than anticipated.
“This Fall Preview looks to be our biggest and best one yet,” said Modernism Week Executive Director Lisa Vossler Smith. “We had a terrific weekend with amazing guests and perfect weather. We are so grateful to all of the homeowners, sponsors, partners, and neighbors who helped us pull everything together.”
Organizers now have their sights set on the main event, currently slated for February 17 through 27, 2022. They announced several new offerings to the usual lineup of home tours, lectures, and parties on Monday.
A complete list of next year’s event can be found here. Following are some of the new or highlighted events:
- “Stories Untold: Black Modernists in Southern California” will be a three-part symposium on Black designers, builders, and developers who helped shape Palm Springs and Southern California for more than a century. Panelists include Jarvis Crawford and Dieter Crawford, leaders of the Palm Springs Black History Committee.
- For the first time, a golf tournament is planned. The “Golf Par-Tee and Tournament at Seven Lakes Golf & Country Club” takes place on February 27. The 18-hole afternoon scramble will be set amongst the course’s architecturally significant homes designed by Richard Harrison. Afterward, players and guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a hosted martini bar at the William Cody-designed clubhouse.
- The 2022 keynote speaker will be Jeanne Gang, FAIA, the founding principal of Studio Gang, an international architecture and urban design practice based in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Paris. A book signing and reception will follow Gang’s February 19 presentation.
- First-time tours will be offered at Palm Desert’s Shadow Mountain, Calypso Palms in Palm Springs, Magnesia Falls Cove in Rancho Mirage, and the Crank-Garland House, an Indian Wells Landmark Designed by William F. Cody, known as “The Lost Cody.”
More information: All Modernism Week events are open to the public. Tickets go on sale on November 1 at 12 PM at modernismweek.com. The event schedule may be previewed on the website in advance starting October 25. The Hyatt Palm Springs is the official host hotel for the event and is offering a special room rate for a limited time. to take advantage of the rate, use Hyatt group code G-10MO at hyatt.com