The Agenda: Palm Springs Modernism Week And Fashion’s Danger at MOCAAuthor:Lindsey Shook
This stylish desert oasis comes to life for the event of the year. The 11-day Palm Springs Modernism Week—an annual showcase of mid-century design, architecture, art, and culture—celebrates its 10th anniversary with an exhibit of 80-plus of the most prestigious dealers from across the US and Europe showcasing a premiere collection of furnishings, fine art, and decorative objects from the 20th century. The festival is chockablock full of events, from screenings of design films like Neutra In The Desert and The Nature Of Modernism to celebrity and architect home tours (the self-guided Signature Home Tour is already sold-out, but tickets are still available to get a look at legendary architect E. Stewart Williams’ home, which is rarely on view to the public). Modernism Week is a must for every design enthusiast.
When: Thursday, 2/12-Sunday, 2/22
Where: Various venues
Parisian fashion designer Bernhard Willhelm and longtime collaborator Jutta Kraus left their atelier in France behind to set up a site-specific outpost in LA. For this project, MOCA’s Pacific Design Center serves as the home for an exhibit of video, photography, ephemera, and objects with a fashion sensibility. Think of it as Willhelm’s personal meditation on the future of retail, the uniformity of today’s fast fashion, and a prediction of fashion in the 22nd century.
When: Saturday, 2/7-Sunday, 5/17
Where: MOCA Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood
One of the premier events for design industry professionals, Design San Francisco is three days of seminars and workshops, from color psychology to trends in lighting. Highlights include an engaging conversation between Luxe Interiors + Design’s Editor-in-Chief Pamela Lerner and designer Paul Vincent Wiseman and a Q&A with fashion designer Azadeh Riaz moderated by Alisa Carroll, Editor-in-Chief of San Francisco Cottages & Gardens.
When: Wednesday, 2/4-Friday, 2/6
Where: San Francisco Design Center, Two Henry Adams Street, San Francisco
Luxury home design showroom Mass Beverly—known for its selection of high-end European brands like Bottega Veneta, Salvatori, ToscoQuattro, and Loro Piana—opens the doors to its new LA outpost with a stylish soiree. RSVP to MASSBeverlyRSVP@janeowenpr.com.
When: Thursday, 2/12
Where: Mass Beverly, 9000 Beverly Boulevard, West Hollywood
Art history majors and MFA grads, mark your calendars. The exclusive venue for an exhibition of work (by Giovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, Domenichino, Francesco Guardi, Salvator Rosa, Luca Signorelli, and Titian), the Santa Barbara Museum of Art showcases classic Italian painting on loan from the Glasgow Museum. A survey of Italian painting spanning five centuries, the show includes everything from late medieval works to Impressionist paintings from the 19th century. Much of the work on view has never been shown outside of Scotland.
When: Sunday, 2/8-Sunday, 5/3
Where: Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara
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