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Discussion with Armando Lerma and Steven Biller

  • Ace Hotel & Swim Club 701 East Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA, 92264 United States (map)
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Local Coachella Valley artist, Armando Lerma creates paintings, constructions, and installations reflecting the lives and traditions of the Mexican farmworker community in his hometown of Coachella. His work asserts a Chicano pop art aesthetic with a distinctive iconography and graphic style. His mural, Visit Us in the Shape of Clouds, includes various images from the American Southwest and beyond such as snakes, birds, parrots, fish, monkeys, seashells, plants, flowers, and rock art. He selected these images to illustrate a story of migration and the transitory.

Steven Biller is the longtime editor-in-chief of Palm Springs Life and Pebble Beach: The Magazine. He is editing a book surveying the art of The Date Farmers collaborative in Coachella, California, coinciding with a touring exhibition organized by Arizona State University Art Museum. He also serves on the board of Desert X.