ONGOING:
WEEKEND BUS TOURS

Docent-led Desert X bus tour tickets are now available. There is an AM and PM tour; take one or both. Click the link below to reserve your seat now.

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DESERT X HUB

Ace Hotel & Swim Club
Clubhouse behind pool
701 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Desert X Hub is open from Feb 25 - Apr 30. Enjoy life poolside at the Clubhouse of our Cultural Partner. Read Desert X artist books, buy Desert X merchandise, or hop on a bus to tour installations on the weekends. Buy tickets HERE.

Thursday through Monday 12pm - 4pm

Closed Tuesday and Wednesday


UPCOMING EVENTS


MARCH 31–APRIL 2
JOSHUA TREENIAL

BoxoPROJECTS, 62732 Sullivan Road, Joshua Tree 

The Joshua Treenial features about 15 artists and collaborators clustering their projects around the central hub of BoxoHOUSE, the Joshua Tree residency and exhibition space operated by Bernard Leibov. A parallel program to Desert X, the Treenial offers a long weekend of exhibitions, site-specific installations, and happenings. Free to the public. For more info, visit www.joshuatreenial.com.


APRIL 1 AND 29
ANDREA ZITTEL’S A-Z WEST

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Tour the A-Z West house, Studio, Wagon Station Encampment, Homestead Cabin, Regenerating Field, and shipping container compound on more than 50 acres next to Joshua Tree National Park. Since 2000 the grounds have been ever evolving as Andrea Zittel’s test site for designs for living, where all aspects of day-to-day living – home furniture, clothing, and food – become the sites of investigation in an ongoing endeavor to better understand human nature and the social construction of needs. Reservations available on first come first served basis, upon a donation of $45 for adults and $35 for students. Visit zittel.org for more info. or e-mail info@highdeserttestsites.com for availability and waiting list.


APRIL 7
FIRST FRIDAY AT THE GALEN

4 to 9 p.m. Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert
72567 Highway 111, Palm Desert


Partnering with the city of Palm Desert, Galen First Fridays kicks off a Desert X-themed First Weekend. Join the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert for a free-to-all celebration that includes an artist talk with Phillip K. Smith III followed by live music and craft beer in the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden. Free admission. Visit psmuseum.org


APRIL 8
FIRST WEEKEND PALM DESERT: HIKE AND CONVERSATION WITH DESERT X 

10:30 a.m. Cap Homme/Ralph Adams Park
72500 Thrush Road, Palm Desert, CA

 

Participate in a conversation with Desert X at artist Claudia Comte’s installation site in Cap Homme/Ralph Adams Park. After the discussion guests can hike up the Homestead Trail to study Comte’s work from different vantage points. Water and hiking shoes encouraged. Free to the public.


APRIL 11
ARTIST TALK: SANT KHALSA

2 p.m. Rancho Mirage Public Library
71100 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage


Palm Springs Art Museum Lecture Series at Rancho Mirage Public Library presents artist Sant Khalsa, who’ll discuss her photo-based works focused on the theme of water and its relationship to the American West. For over 25 years, Khalsa has investigated the spiritual, economic, and environmental concerns around water. The discussion will be moderated by Palm Springs Art Museum Associate Curator Mara Gladstone. Khalsa’s exhibition Confluence is concurrently on view at Marks Art Center at College of the Desert. Free to the public; space is limited.


APRIL 29
SCREENING: THE CHALLENGE

Time TBA Ace Hotel & Swim Club
701 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs


Falconry has a history that stretches back over 40 centuries. In the West it was a prevailing passion of the medieval aristocracy, but its prestige continues undiminished in contemporary Arab culture. Three years of observing this form of hunting in the field have made it possible to capture the spirit of a tradition that today allows its practitioners to keep a close rapport with the desert, despite their predominantly urban lifestyle. Director Yuri Ancarani’s guide to how they cross that threshold is a falconer taking his birds to compete in a tournament in Qatar. In the glaring light of an empty landscape, following flight lines and lures, the film recounts a strange kind of “desert weekend,” in which technological and anthropological microcosms hang in the air, like the falcon, drifting on the irreversible currents of images.


APRIL 29
SCREENING: WHERE IS ROCKY II?

Location & Time TBA

Layering documentary and fictional storylines and meta-narratives, artist and Academy Award winner Pierre Bismuth’s Where is Rocky II? sets out to locate an undocumented sculpture by renowned American artist Ed Ruscha in the Mojave desert.


PAST EVENTS



FEBRUARY 17 - 26
ROB PRUITT’S FLEA MARKET 

Palm Springs Art Museum 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs

A nomadic event that has taken place all over the world, this iteration of Rob Pruitt’s Flea Market features the vintage experts, design collectors, and visual artists of Palm Springs, Joshua Tree, and the Hi Desert. Inspired by the region’s robust mix of vintage, modern, and handcrafted goods, this traditional-style flea market presents desert tastemakers making their wares available for sale. 

FEB 18 - 21:
10 — 5pm

FEB 23 - 25:
12 — 9pm

SUNDAY, FEB 26:
10 — 5pm


FEBRUARY 17
DESERT X PREVIEW & ARTIST PANEL

3 - 4pm Annenberg Theater (Palm Springs Art Museum) 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs

In conjunction with Modernism Week, Palm Springs Life arts editor Steven Biller moderates a conversation with Desert X artists Jeffrey Gibson, Phillip K. Smith III, and Rob Pruitt. 

Sold out.



FEBRUARY 18
ART PALM SPRINGS PANEL

1 - 2pm
Palm Springs Convention Center | Theater

Desert X artistic director Neville Wakefield and executive director Elizabeta Betinski are joined by participating artists to discuss the cultural and philosophical issues that make the desert vibrant and exciting.


FEBRUARY 21
JEFFREY GIBSON LECTURE

Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Exhibition curator Anne Ellegood provides an overview of Jimmie Durham’s work, its distinct position within art history, and vital perspective on colonization, statehood, and the politics of representation. Abraham Cruzvillegas and Jeffrey Gibson—artists and friends of Durham—then join Ellegood to discuss Durham’s work and influence. Click here for more information.


FEBRUARY 23
PRESS EVENT

9-11am Ace Hotel and Swim Club
9am - Check in

Invitation Only


FEBRUARY 23
LITA ALBUQUERQUE PERFORMANCE


3 - 4pm Sunnylands Center & Gardens
37977 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage

Lita Albuquerque presents hEARTH, an installation and performance work on the Great Lawn at Sunnylands Center and Gardens. Singers and dancers activate the ground in the performance created in collaboration with Kristen Toedtman of Los Angeles Master Chorale and dancer/choreographer Jasmine Albuquerque. The sculpture, a cast of the artist’s head in plaster covered with ultramarine blue pigment and installed in a circle of white sand, permits for the projection of a massive landscape and hearing on a much larger scale.


FEBRUARY 24
OPENING NIGHT PARTY

5 - 10pm Rancho Mirage

5 - 6pm - VIP Reception
6 - 10pm - Opening Night

Join us for the Desert X Opening Party with two choices for access:
VIP Admission (Early Entry 5 - 6pm) - Enjoy exclusive VIP access which includes a first look at Tavares Strachan's installation I Am and special musical performances OR General Admission: Entrance begins at 6pm. Event address will be sent prior to event date.

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FEBRUARY 25
OPENING DAY

Art installations open and free to all. Click here to check out the list of artists and their locations to plan your tour.


FEBRUARY 25
SATURDAY BUS TOUR

Docent-led Desert X Opening Week tickets are now available for our Saturday bus tour. There is an AM tour and a PM tour; take one or both. Click the link below to reserve your seat now.

RESERVE NOW


FEBRUARY 25–APRIL 30
DESERT X HUB

Ace Hotel & Swim Club
Clubhouse behind pool
701 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Enjoy life poolside at the Clubhouse of our Cultural Partner. Read Desert X artist books, buy Desert X merchandise, or hop on a bus to tour installations on the weekends. Buy tickets HERE.

Weekdays 12pm - 4pm
Weekends 9am - 5pm


FEBRUARY 23–26
JULIAO SARMENTO: PERFORMANCE

1177 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

A 5 minute performance for 1 person. Register on site.
 

THURSDAY, FEB 23:
4 — 6pm
10 — 11pm

FRIDAY, FEB 24:
12 — 4pm

SATURDAY, FEB 25:
4 — 6pm
8 — 10pm

SUNDAY, FEB 26:
4 — 6pm
8 — 10pm


FEBRUARY 25
PRESENTATION BY JULIAO SARMENTO

7:30pm Ace Hotel & Swim Club
701 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Free, RSVP Here


 

FEBRUARY 26
OSCAR VIEWING PARTY

6 - 10 p.m. Seymour's Lounge at Mr. Lyons
233 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Free, No RSVP Required



        

FEBRUARY 27–APRIL 16
SANT KHALSA: CONFLUENCE

Sundays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Marks Arts Center at College of the Desert
43500 Monterey Avenue, Palm Desert

An exhibition of photo-based art by Sant Khalsa, whose work for more than 25 years has focused on the theme of water and its relationship to the American West. Free admission.



MARCH 1
SPIRITUAL AMERICA: ARCHITECTURE + MUSIC

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 
Chino Canyon, Palm Springs


Presented by Palm Springs Art Museum in partnership with Palm Springs Life, this private event in collaboration with the Infinite Palette collective features new chamber music, performed against the San Jacinto Mountains, by Spiritual America composers William Brittelle, Missy Mazzoli and Daniel Wohl. Prior to the performance, guests can tour two new architectural masterpieces in “Palm Springs’ last hillside development,” The Chino Canyon Project: Desert Palisades, including Al Beadle House 1 and the O’Donnell House. F10 Creative will provide cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $250 and include this event and the March 3 reception and special seating for the Spiritual America performance at Palm Springs Art Museum’s Annenberg Theater. Visit psmuseum.com.


MARCH 3
SPIRITUAL AMERICA AFTER PARTY
WITH GUEST DJ HELADO NEGRO

10 p.m. Ace Hotel & Swim Club
701 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs


Join Infinite Palette, Palm Springs Art Museum, and special guests for an after party featuring a special appearance by guest DJ Helado Negro, sponsored by the Ace. After party included with Spiritual America ticket.


MARCH 4
ANDREA ZITTEL’S A-Z WEST

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Tour the A-Z West house, Studio, Wagon Station Encampment, Homestead Cabin, Regenerating Field, and shipping container compound on more than 50 acres next to Joshua Tree National Park. Since 2000 the grounds have been ever evolving as Andrea Zittel’s test site for designs for living, where all aspects of day-to-day living – home furniture, clothing, and food – become the sites of investigation in an ongoing endeavor to better understand human nature and the social construction of needs. Reservations available on first come first served basis, upon a donation of $45 for adults and $35 for students. Visit zittel.org for more info. or e-mail info@highdeserttestsites.com for availability and waiting list.


MARCH 9
ARTIST TALK: PHILLIP K. SMITH III

1 to 2 p.m. Pollock Theater at College of the Desert
43500 Monterey Avenue, Palm Desert

Free (no-permit) parking on this date only.


MARCH 10
TALKING PHOTOGRAPHY: MARK RUWEDEL

4 to 6 p.m. Annenberg Theater (Palm Springs Art Museum) 
101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs


Mark Ruwedel has been photographing U.S. deserts and other remote locations for more than 25 years in epic-scaled, multi-year projects. A professor of art at Cal State Long Beach, Ruwedel is known for images that are wrought with history as the land reveals itself as both an agent of geological processes and a field of human endeavor. In this program, presented by the Palm Springs Art Museum Photography Collection Council, the artist discusses earlier series and new directions in his current work. The program complements the installation Mark Ruwedel: Selections from the Collection on view at Palm Springs Art Museum.
Purchase tickets: $15 general, $10 Photography Collection Council members


MARCH 11
SYMPOSIUM: DESERT CONSTELLATIONS: ART AND MYTHOLOGIES

8:30 a.m. (registration) to 4 p.m. 
Annenberg Theater (Palm Springs Art Museum)
101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs

Purchase Tickets Here.

Organized by Desert X Vice President Steven Nash, in collaboration with Palm Springs Art Museum Deputy Director of Art Daniell Cornell, the day-long symposium contextualizes the work of participating Desert X artists culturally and sociologically, and includes a keynote address by land art expert William L. Fox, director of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. Panelists discuss the history of desert land art, the influence of the environment on the work of artists in the High Desert, contemporary desert photography, desert architecture, and artist activists who extend their practices into the community through social processes. Speakers include Desert X Artistic Director Neville Wakefield and artists participating in Desert X; Leo Marmol, managing principal of the architectural firm Marmol Radziner; photographer John Divola; Daniell Cornell; Danielle Segura, director of Mojave Desert Land Trust; architectural designer Stephanie Smith; and artists Kim Stringfellow and Rebecca Lowry. Los Angeles-based curator Yael Lipschutz, an expert on Noah Purifoy and a member of the Desert X 


MARCH 11–MAY 25
ON THE GRID: A LOOK AT SETTLEMENT PATTERNS IN THE HIGH DESERT

Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center
300 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Planned to coincide with Desert X, the museum’s Architecture and Design Center presents an installation focused around Joshua Tree-based artist Andrea Zittel’s project, Lay of My Land. Free admission.


MARCH 14
ARTIST TALK: JEFFREY GIBSON


2 p.m. Rancho Mirage Public Library
71100 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage
 

Palm Springs Art Museum Lecture Series at Rancho Mirage Public Library presents Jeffrey Gibson, one of the featured artists in the inaugural Desert X. Part Choctawand part Cherokee, Gibson explores his Native American heritage and responds using a visual vocabulary that permeates his painting, sculpture, installation, video, and performance works.