Modernism Week in Palm Springs Announces 2016 Schedule, Highlights Include Modern Cuba Experience, Fashion, Events Beyond the Coachella Valley

Modernism Week’s Signature February Festival Will Take Place February 11-21, 2016, Highlighting Midcentury Modern Design, Architecture, Art, Fashion And Culture In The Palm Springs Area Of Southern California.

Modernism Week’s signature February Event is an annual celebration of midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture. The mission of Modernism Week is to celebrate and foster 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 Palm Springs.

Julius Shulman and Juergen Nogai, photo 2007, The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands; A. uincy Jones and Frederick E. Emmons, 1966

Julius Shulman and Juergen Nogai, photo 2007, The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands; A. uincy Jones and Frederick E. Emmons, 1966

Modernism Week logo

Modernism Week 2016 Logo

This exciting festival takes place in February in the Palm Springs area of Southern California. Modernism Week features more than 250 events including the Modernism Show & Sale, Signature Home Tours, tours of iconic homes, a world-class lecture & film series, architectural walking, biking, lectures, Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours, tours of the historic Annenberg Estate at Sunnylands, a Palm Springs Walk of Stars dedication for architect Richard Harrison, vintage fashion, classic cars, garden tours, nightly parties and live music, walking and bike tours, fashion, classic cars, modern garden tours, a vintage travel trailer exhibition, Modern Giants – a celebration of the area’s largest collection of midcentury modern commercial buildings at Eisenhower Medical Center and more.

In addition to the events in February, Modernism Week hosts the “Fall Preview” over Columbus Day weekend in mid-October. Partner organizations collaborate to produce a “mini-Modernism Week” to kick-off the active social and recreational season in Palm Springs.

Modernism Week is also a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, providing scholarships to local students pursuing college educations in the fields of architecture and design; as well as supporting local and state preservation organizations and neighborhood groups in their efforts to preserve modernist architecture throughout the state of California.

Coming off the tremendous success of Modernism Week’s tenth celebration in February 2015, we’ve expanded this year’s slate of events geographically,” explained Board Chairman, Chris Mobley. “February’s schedule includes exciting tours and activities throughout the Coachella Valley and beyond, and long-time supporters of Modernism Week will be thrilled with the selection of appealing new programs.

The Kaufmann House designed by architect richard Neutra helped establish the style that became known as Deser Modernism. Completed between 1946-47, the iconic project was built as a winter vacation home. Photo Credit: David A. Lee

The Kaufmann House designed by architect richard Neutra helped establish the style that became known as Deser Modernism. Completed between 1946-47, the iconic project was built as a winter vacation home. Photo Credit: David A. Lee

A highlight during the first weekend of Modernism Week is “Party at the Yacht Club – An Exclusive Taste, Toast and Tour of Albert Frey’s Historic Masterpiece” (2/12), a celebration of Albert Frey’s North Shore Beach & Yacht Club (1959) being officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). A direct shuttle will depart from Modernism Week’s CAMP headquarters to the Salton Sea, where guests will enjoy an exclusive tour of the yacht club, lunch, the unveiling of the NRHP plaque, and the premiere of the Salton Sea Art Show – a curated collection of paintings, sculptures and photography.

Modernism Week will also take a trip to the Museum of Pinball in Banning, one of the greatest kept secrets of the midcentury modern revival. ‘Retro Pinball Mania’ (2/15) will be an evening of partying in a midcentury modern atmosphere while enjoying unlimited free-play on more than 700 beautifully restored vintage arcade and pinball machines.

The Desert Modernists Cover

The Desert Modernists Cover

One of the most special and unique evenings ever offered by Modernism Week will be an exploration of “Modern Cuba,” (2/16) an exclusive culinary experience hosted by Shari Belafonte, daughter of legendary musician Harry Belafonte. At this intimate affair in a stunning residence, Shari will share her family’s Cuban recipes and stories, while preparing a multi-course feast of her favorite dishes infused with Caribbean influences.

Named by The Hollywood Reporter as the “#1 Must-See Event of Modernism Week,Traditional Home and California Homes magazines present The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Show House. For a third year, Kennedy will bring together ten of the nation’s most prominent tastemakers to create unique rooms in a spectacularly sited home on the fairway of the Indian Canyons Golf Resort, a favorite of Hollywood stars like Frank Sinatra, Walt Disney, and Bob Hope. The show house will open with a Red Carpet Gala (2/13), offering cocktails, tastings, live music, and an opportunity to mingle with television stars and international design and building leaders. Daily tours will be offered during the week.

CAMP, Modernism Week’s ‘Community and Meeting Place’ and headquarters for tours and events, will move to an architecturally significant venue in downtown Palm Springs – soon to be announced. Introduced in 2015 as a central location for attendees to meet, shop, dine, learn, and relax between tours and parties, CAMP will feature stimulating programs and opportunities to meet authors, designers, and other industry luminaries such as acclaimed midcentury architect Hugh M. Kaptur through a variety of planned activities. Ferguson, Modernism Week’s exclusive Kitchen & Bath Sponsor, will present a series of panel discussions called “Renovation Insights,” and Makerville will offer popular ‘Think and Drink’ cocktail hour events titled “Modernism with a Twist.”

A new offering at CAMP is a series of fashion events presented by Susan Stein, Fashion Editor for Palm Springs Life Magazine and Creative Director of Fashion Week El Paseo. Kicking things off is a “Then and Now” fashion show (2/15), followed by “Inside, Outside, and Side-by-Side” (2/17), an insightful lecture drawing comparisons between the inspirations behind fashion and architecture. On 2/19 celebrity makeup artist William Squire will join Stein to present “Your Signature Modernism Style,” offering tips to help fashion conscious modernistas look their best for any occasion.

One of Modernism Week’s most highly anticipated events, the 16th annual Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale at the Palm Springs Convention Center (2/12-15) will feature 85 premier national and international dealers offering furniture, decorative and fine arts representing all design movements of the 20th century. Produced by Dolphin Promotions, whose shows are among the leading venues for antiques and collectibles in North America, the Show & Sale will open with an Early Buying Preview Reception (2/12) to benefit Modernism Week.

All events are open to the public and tickets go on sale November 1, 2015 at 12 p.m. PST at As new events are finalized they will be added on the first of each month.

The City of Palm Springs is the Presenting Sponsor of Modernism Week. The Hilton Palm Springs Resort, Modernism Week’s official host hotel, is offering a special room rate for a limited time only. Contact them directly at 760-320-6868. Please visit and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.