Desert X Highlighted in New Season of Arts and Culture Series ARTBOUND Returning to KCET and Link TV March 6

Burbank, Calif. – Feb. 6, 2018 - KCETLink Media Group, a leading national independent nonprofit public broadcast and digital network, has announced the return of Emmy® award-winning arts and culture series ARTBOUND. The series examines the lives, works and creative processes of arts and culture innovators making an impact in Southern California and beyond. KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station, and Link TV nationwide (DirecTV 375 and DISH Network 9410) will premiere the series on Tues., Mar. 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Each episode will also be streaming online following its broadcast on and as well as on Amazon, YouTube, Roku and Apple TV.

Many episodes this season are produced in association with Southern California’s most admired arts and culture institutions including LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), The Autry Museum of the American West and MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles).


“Desert X” – Tues, Mar 13 at 9pm.

Taking the vast, strange and often contradictory desert landscape as its canvas, the inaugural Desert X, curated by Artistic Director Neville Wakefield, explored the familiar and the unknown through an exhibition of public art installations situated at sites across the California Desert. Installations featured include Will Boone's Monument, an underground bunker located off Ramon Road in Rancho Mirage, Sherin Guirguis’s One I Call at Whitewater Preserve, Claudia Comte’s Curves and Zig Zags and Phillip K. Smith III's The Circle of Land and Sky in Palm Desert. Desert X is a site-specific, contemporary art biennial that first took place in the spring of 2017. Sixteen artists from different parts of the world were invited to create new works in response to the unique conditions of the Coachella Valley.  There will be a screening of the episode available to the public:

Palm Springs Premiere
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
2:30pm Doors
3pm Screening (55min)
4pm Q&A
4:15-5pm Reception
RSVP is now closed
Free Admission


“Electric Earth: The Art of Doug Aitken” – Tues., Mar. 20 at 9 p.m.

This episode profiles prominent artist Doug Aitken who for more than 20 years has shifted the perception and location of images and narratives. His multichannel video installations, sculptures, photographs, publications, happenings and architectural works demonstrate the nature and structure of our ever-mobile, ever-changing, image-based contemporary condition. In “Underwater Pavilions,” he creates a conversation with the viewer to become fully present and immersed in the sea. The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA recently housed the exhibit “Doug Aitken: Electric Earth”. Aitken has shown that the aforementioned works were impressive jumping off points to his newer work in different and dramatic locations on the West Coast that include “Mirage” in Palm Springs as a part of the inaugural Desert X.

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ARTBOUND is supported in part by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the California Arts Council and other generous institutional funders.

The critically acclaimed weekly television series and online destination ARTBOUND captures the spirit of the burgeoning arts and culture community in Southern and Central California and explores how it's shaping California as the creative capital of the world. The series explores and illuminates the cultural issues of our times, providing critical in-depth analysis of how arts and culture affect society. The series and the online stories that are found at and are the result of cultural tastemakers throughout the region and collaborations with LA’s top cultural institutions. Since its inception in 2012, the series has earned high industry praise including several Emmy® Awards, LA Press Club awards, two Golden Mike awards and a National Entertainment Journalism award, among others. ASCAP has recognized ARTBOUND with the prestigious ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor / Virgil Thomson Multimedia Award for outstanding music.

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Phillip K. Smith III, 120 Degree Arc East-Southeast

Faena Art and Desert X invite you to join Ximena Caminos, Chair and Artistic Director of Faena Art, Neville Wakefield, Artistic Director of Desert X and Phillip K. Smith III in conversation about Phillip K. Smith III's installation 120 Degree Arc East-Southeast on Tuesday December 5th, 4:00 PM. The conversation will be followed by an afternoon cocktail and viewing of the installation. The installation is on view from Dec 4 - 9, 2017 on Faena Beach.

Faena Hotel Miami Beach, 3201 Collins Ave.

Phillip K. Smith III has reimagined The Circle of Land and Sky that was presented at the inaugural edition of Desert X biennial in 2017. After growing up in Southern California's Coachella Valley, Phillip K. Smith III received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. From his Palm Desert, CA studio, he creates light-based work that draws upon ideas of space, form, color, light + shadow, environment, and change.

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Desert X announces second edition to open February 9, 2019
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From left: Co-Curator Matthew Schum, Executive Director Jenny Gil, Artistic Director Neville Wakefield,
Co-curator Amanda Hunt



The Desert X Board of Directors announced today that its highly anticipated second edition will open February 9, 2019 through the end of April 2019 with an expanded curatorial and executive leadership team. Returning Artistic Director Neville Wakefield is joined by Director of Education & Public Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Amanda Hunt and Los Angeles-based independent writer and curator Matthew Schum as co-curators. Jenny Gil, appointed as Executive Director, was most recently with Faena Art, Miami, and in her new position is charged with overseeing the exhibition's administration and management to ensure the long-term stability of the organization.

The second iteration of the recurring international contemporary art exhibition will again activate California's desert landscape through site-specific installations by renowned international contemporary artists.

"The board and I are thrilled Neville Wakefield is continuing as our Artistic Director. His inspired vision and sincere empathy for the desert and the community are qualities we wanted to reengage for 2019," said Desert X President and Founder Susan Davis. "With the addition of Jenny Gil, who brings enormous expertise and international knowledge to the organization, and with the talents of Amanda Hunt and Matthew Schum, we have a team in place that will enrich and broaden the next Desert X and possibly make it an even larger success than our first."

"The inaugural Desert X was both an honor to work on and an extraordinary journey into the unknown with some of the most significant artists working today. I could not have anticipated the overwhelming response to the exhibition, and the lure of the desert and its endless possibilities continue to inspire me," said Desert X Artistic Director, Neville Wakefield. "I want to delve even further into its potential and Amanda and Matthew bring valuable experience and a deep understanding and passion for presenting work in response to landscape, place and larger social and environmental issues."
Desert X 2017 garnered international critical and popular acclaim for an exhibition of site-specific artworks and installation projects by some of today's most recognized international contemporary artists, including Doug Aitken, Lita Albuquerque, Jennifer Bolande, Will Boone, Claudia Comte, Jeffrey Gibson, Sherin Guirguis, Norma Jeane, Glenn Kaino, Gabriel Kuri, Armando Lerma, Richard Prince, Rob Pruitt, Julião Sarmento, Phillip K. Smith III and Tavares Strachan. It attracted an audience of more than 200,000 diverse and multi-generational, local and international visitors over nine-weeks. The exhibition engaged millions across social and digital media channels and was the recipient of multiple awards for its extensive education and community programs and partnerships, which enrolled hundreds of local and national volunteers, docents, educators, and students.

Prior to her position as Director of Exhibitions at Faena Art, Jenny Gil, M.A., now based in Palm Springs,  was Executive Director of the International Committee of Modern Art Museums (CIMAM) in Barcelona, Spain. From 2008 to 2015, she was Founder and Director of Ninetofive, a contemporary art production bureau in Barcelona. Gil has contributed to international art publications, including Cahiers du Cinéma, Madrid; La Vanguardia, Barcelona and Papers d'Art, Girona.

Amanda Hunt, M.A., is Director of Education & Public Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Past appointments include Associate Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, and Curator at LA><ART, Los Angeles, where she helped coordinate the 2012 Pacific Standard Time Public Art and Performance Festival for The Getty Research Institute, and Made in L. A. 2012, the Hammer Museum's first Los Angeles biennial. At the Studio Museum, Hunt produced exhibitions including A Constellation, Black Cowboy, and in 2016 commissioned inHarlem: Kevin Beasley, Simone Leigh, Kori Newkirk, Rudy Shepherd, a public sculpture initiative (in partnership with the New York City Parks Department). In 2014 Hunt was the first non-regional curator of the Portland Biennial of Contemporary Art.

Matthew Schum, Ph.D, is an independent writer and curator based in Los Angeles, who worked with Wakefield on Elevation –86 Death Valley, a site-specific exhibition based on the 1964 Wilderness Act. In 2015 Schum initiated a series of exhibitions entitled the MYSYSYPYN - each iteration is a look at the colonial interior of the U.S., guided by intersecting histories along the Mississippi River. Past MYSYSYPYN exhibitions have included artists Damien Davis, Duane Linklater, Nyeema Morgan, Kelly Sena, and Aaron Spangler, among others. Schum was editor for Mark Boulos' first artist monograph (Hatje Cantz, 2017) and served as Curator at LA><ART, Los Angeles, from 2012 to 2015, producing exhibitions with David Hartt, Eamon Ore-Giron, Isabelle Cornaro and others. Schum has published articles with Flash Art, Artforum, Witte de With Review, Mousse and X-TRA.

Neville Wakefield records, documents and shapes the culture he lives in. As a creative director, writer, curator and commentator on contemporary art and culture, he combines objects, images, action and thought into provocative syntheses. Wakefield has served as the senior curatorial advisor for MoMA PS1 and curator of Frieze Projects. He served as creative director for Tar Magazine and for Playboy's special projects / A-Z Edition and the March 2016 re-launch. Commercially, he was the global curator for Nike's Flynit Line, the designer of limited-edition luggage for Rimowa and has commissioned skateboard decks for Supreme. Recent curatorial projects include Somos Libres in collaboration with Mario Testino with iterations in Italy and Peru as well as founding Elevation 1049, a site-specific biennial in Gstaad, Switzerland. Concurrent projects include the re-launch of the iconic Los Angeles-based Rudi Gernreich label to be completed in 2018.

Desert X is funded by its Board of Directors, by philanthropists well known to the desert community, and by its Founding Members. It has received generous support from cities, organizations and corporate entities in the region. The organization's Board of Directors includes creative and cultural professionals from a cross-section of disciplines and backgrounds who are working internationally and within the local community in contemporary art, music, film and philanthropy.

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Desert X recognized for innovation and dedication

A number of Coachella valley organizations bestowed honors on Desert X after the exhibition closed on April 30. The inaugural art exhibition was honored for its educational program, given the San Jacinto Award for innovation and dedication, and the Community Vision Award for boosting international tourism. It is with great pride for Board President and Founder Susan Davis and Desert X to have received the following awards:

Shiny Apple Award from Palm Springs Unified School District

San Jacinto Award from the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau

Rising Star Award for Susan Davis from Women in Business 

Community Vision Award from Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce

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4/7/17 - Hunter Noack's In A Landscape: Classical Music in the Wild

Sunnylands Center & Gardens , 37977 Bob Hope Dr, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
at the site of Desert X artist Lita Albuquerque's hEARTH

Free and open to the public

Pianist Hunter Noack brings his silent disco-style concert series, IN A LANDSCAPE: CLASSICAL MUSIC IN THE WILD to Desert X artist Lita Albuquerque's installation at Sunnylands Center & Gardens in Rancho Mirage. Noack performs live on a concert grand piano, and audience members have the choice to listen acoustically or via wireless headphones. The headphones give listeners the freedom to explore the surrounding landscape, take in art from all angles, and enjoy a private outdoor odyssey, all without missing the show. IN A LANDSCAPE, presented by Noack and Desert X, is music for the public that celebrates the location itself and the art within it as much as the music played. IN A LANDSCAPE: Classical Music in the Wild concert series is made possible in part by Terri and Jerry Kohl, Ruth Eliel, and Jordan Schnitzer.

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