Modernism Week 2022




Palm Springs, CA
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Modernism Week’s signature February festival will take place February 17 - 27, 2022, highlighting midcentury modern architecture, art, interior and landscape design, and vintage culture in the Palm Springs area of Southern California. The popular annual 11-day festival will feature hundreds of events including the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale, tours of iconic homes in more than 25 neighborhoods, walking tours, and nightly parties. Also offered are architectural double-decker bus tours, tours of the historic Annenberg Estate at Sunnylands, a classic car show, landscape talks and garden tours, fashion-related events, walking and biking tours, and a series of compelling and informative talks with world-class speakers, including the Keynote Presentation by Jeanne Gang, FAIA.

“We are thrilled to be able to present Modernism Week in February with all of the fanfare and celebration typically associated with our events,” said Lisa Vossler Smith, Modernism Week Executive Director. “We have exciting new tours and events planned and of course we will be bringing back traditional favorites. We invite the public to join us for eleven amazing days of festivities.”


February 17-27, 2022
Palm Springs, CA

The event schedule is now available for preview on the website. Additional events will be added to the website on the firts of each month.

Tickets now on sale. Some events sell out quickly due to limited capacity.

A portion of ticket proceeds benefit Modernism Week (a non-profit organization) and other local preservation, neighborhood, and community groups. 

What's New in 2022

  • Keynote Presentation: Jeanne Gang, FAIA, 'Making Architecture' (2/19, $45/$65)

    Modernism Week’s 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. Founded in 1997, Gang’s firm has matured into a global powerhouse, with projects around the world including Chicago’s Aqua Tower, which earned Gang worldwide recognition. Her 101-story St. Regis tower in Chicago (2021) is the world’s tallest building designed by a woman. A book signing follows the presentation and an elegant reception with limited ticket availability will follow the signing in the sculpture garden of the Palm Springs Art Museum.

  • Celebrate Black History Month with “Stories Untold: Black Modernists in Southern California” (2/21, $15)

    Black designers, builders and developers helped shape Palm Springs and Southern California for more than a century. This year, Modernism Week will honor these trailblazers during a three-part symposium on their legacy. In Part One, “Black History of Palm Springs,” panel participants Tyrone Beason (reporter for the Los Angeles Times), and Jarvis Crawford and Dieter Crawford (leaders of Palm Springs Black History Committee) will share stories about historic Palm Springs landmarks. In Part Two, “Circle of Paul R. Williams,” Gail Kennard (daughter of Robert Kennard) will discuss the role Paul R. Williams played in inspiring other Black designers (including Kennard, James Garrott, Ralph Vaughn, and Arthur Silvers) to launch careers in Los Angeles. In Part Three, “Destination Crenshaw,” Drake Dillard of Perkins & Will will present a proposed 1.3-mile open air art gallery and park that will run alongside the light rail line in Los Angeles’ Crenshaw District. Generous support for this event has been provided by Room & Board.

  • Crank-Garland House, an Indian Wells Landmark by William F. Cody (2/23, $80)

    Known as “The Lost Cody” this home was originally designed for Filmore Crank and actress Beverly Garland by William F. Cody in the early 1960s and has been fully restored.

  •  Vera - The Art and Life of an Icon, with Susan Seid and Trina Turk (2/24, $18)

    Vera Neumann, the innovator of cross-licensing, was the most successful female entrepreneur of her time and created the first true lifestyle brand. Susan Seid has been involved with the Vera brand since 2003. Seid will discuss Vera’s impact on the design world and follow the presentation with a lively conversation with fashion designer Trina Turk. An elegant sunset cocktail reception for a limited number of guests at Trina Turk’s historic Palm Springs home will be held that same evening. The reception requires a separately purchased ticket.

  • Mojave Modern, Sonoran Style with Alan Hess (2/26, $25)

    Architect and historian Alan Hess will tell the story of Mojave and Sonoran desert architecture and how America’s desert southwest has contributed to modern architectural trends and major innovations.

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Palm Springs Modernism Week

Modernism Week celebrates and fosters appreciation of midcentury architecture and design, as well as contemporary thinking in these fields, by encouraging education, preservation and sustainable modern living as represented in the greater Palm Springs area.

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