2017 Talks & Events

TUESDAY, February 14


Simon Ouwerkerk, 50 x 10 ft. sculpture

5 pm | VIP Event (Registration Required)
Tour of the Homeira and Arnold Goldstein Private Collection, Manhattan Beach
Goldstein’s national and international private collection could be referred to as Contemporary, Cutting Edge, Avant-garde Art, including artists such as Ed Moses, Tony Berlant, Larry Bell, Peter Shelton, Andy Moses, Lita Albuquerque, Sophie Ryder, Tim Tompkins, Simon Ouwerkerk, Yoshio Ikezaki, Kazuo Kadonaga, Kwang Young Chun and many others.

Transportation not provided. Reservation required.
Limit: 20 people
RSVP to Kate Jordan at kate@urban-expo.com

THURSDAY, February 16


wsj-private-event5 pm | Private Event (Invitation Only)
Private tour and reception for WSJ+ members only. Ticket required. Invitation only.


Opening Night Preview

A benefit for the Palm Springs Art Museum

6 – 10 pm | First Look
Black Card or First Look ticket holders only
Limited number of tickets available 

7:30 – 10 pm | VIP Opening
VIP Card or VIP ticket holders only
Limited number of tickets available 


Donna MacMillan Photograph by Lani Garfield
Donna MacMillan Photograph by Lani Garfield

7 pm | VIP Lounge
Presentation of 2017 Arts Patrons of the Year Award to Donna MacMillan
A longtime philanthropist and avid art collector, Donna MacMillan will be honored at the Opening Night Preview on Thursday, February 16.

Elizabeth Armstrong, the JoAnn McGrath Executive Director of the Palm Springs Art Museum, stated, “As a passionate and steadfast collector and fervent supporter of the arts and culture, Donna MacMillan exemplifies what it means to be a star philanthropist. Her commitment to the Palm Springs Art Museum, in particular, has been one of the central ingredients in its growth and new vision. I’m delighted to be able to name her as a friend and inspiring leader. Congratulations, Donna, on being named the 2017 Arts Patron of the Year.”

Lita Albuquerque. Photograph by Caren Levin
Lita Albuquerque. Photograph by Caren Levin

7 pm | VIP Lounge
Presentation of 2017 Artist of the Year Award to Lita Albuquerque
Since the early 1970s, Lita Albuquerque has created an expansive body of work, ranging from sculpture, poetry, painting and multi-media performance to ambitious site-specific ephemeral projects in remote locations around the globe. Albuquerque will be honored at the Opening Night Preview on Thursday, February 16.

7:30 pm | VIP Lounge
Interview with Donna MacMillan

FRIDAY, February 17


Homeowners Bob Van Breda and Dallas Price at home pose next to a painting by Chuck Arnoldi and in a chair by Peter Shire. Image courtesy of Palm Springs Life

event-full-graphic10 am | VIP Event (Registration Required)
Private tour of Dallas Price and Bob Van Breda Private Collection
The Indian Wells Vintage Club home of Dallas Price and Bob Van Breda mingles Native American and contemporary art with Van Breda’s own works in progress. Pieces by Dale Chihuly, John Chamberlain, Albert Oehlen, Ed Moses and Ed Rusha, and others are at home with the couple’s collections of found objects, midcentury gems, serious commissions and everything in between.

This event is FULL. To be added to the waitlist, please contact Kate Jordan at kate@urban-expo.com

Xiliary Twil, Sam Pugatch and Sabrina Carli

12 noon | Theater
The State of Your Art: Valuation, Insurance, Conservation, and Management
Owning art is a responsibility that doesn’t stop at purchase. Xiliary Twil, Accredited Senior Appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers, along with Sam Pugatch, Director – Art and Valuable Collections at Momentous Insurance and Sabrina Carli of Carli Fine Art Conservation, will present a collector’s guide to building and preserving your art collection. This discussion will focus on the steps necessary to ensure your art collection is properly protected to maintain its value.

Mary Abbott, All Green, c. 1954. Oil paint on linen. 49 x 44 in. Denver Art Museum: Gift of Janis and Tom McCormick, 2013.250. © Mary Abbott

2 pm | Theater
Time to Look at Women Artists
Women in the arts have often been regarded as models, muses, and assistants to their male counterparts. Curators at Palm Springs Art Museum present three exhibitions in 2017 that take a close look at the work of women artists and their contributions to their respective movements. Chief Curator Katherine Hough will discuss the artists of the groundbreaking exhibition Women of Abstract Expressionism; Director of Architecture and Design Brooke Hodge will present On the Grid, a fascinating look at homesteading in the high desert, featuring a major installation by artist Andrea Zittel; and Associate Curator Mara Gladstone will introduce the meticulous work of Pat Lasch through the exhibition Journeys of the Heart.

Presented by the Palm Springs Art Museum

cassera-huber-booth-talk2:30 PM | Cassera Arts Premiers, booth 214
Trevor Allen Huber: Synapse Memories
As inspiration for his most recent body of work, artist Trevor Allen Huber has called on the infinite differences within the minds of human beings. Delve into the concepts and experimental nature of Huber’s glass art during this conversational artist talk.

Rosenberg, Unforeseen VII, 2016, acrylic on panel

3 pm | Tom Ross Gallery, booth 211
Rosenberg: A Modern Approach to Reverse Painting
The tradition of reverse painting on glass goes back to the Middle Ages and the Byzantine Empire. Over the last decade, some contemporary artists have begun experimenting with this process, substituting clear acrylic panels for glass to allow for larger-scale works. Using these updated materials, the artist Rosenberg brings his own unique style to this old tradition, layering gradating colors upon colors while creating non-objective work that arises from an intuitive approach. He will discuss his process and the ways in which finished compositions often surprise him.

FRI-booth-talk-kaye-freeman3:30 pm | Cassera Arts Premiers, booth 214
Kaye Freeman: The Joshua Series
Artist Kaye Freeman will discuss “The Joshua Series,” 13 large canvases completed in 2016 after a trip to Joshua Tree National Monument. The series is artist’s deepest dive into abstraction to date, barely containing Freeman’s tumultuous cosmos of layered shapes, unabashed color, and her unwavering quest for the perfect composition. In these works the desolate landscape, limitless light, and monolithic formations of Joshua Tree are plunged into the crucible of Freeman’s razor eye and unerring technique, becoming intuitive symbols and totems describing the artist’s personal journey from darkness to light, despair to joy, indifference to unbridled passion.

Raymond Jonson, Polymer No. 14, 1971

3:30 pm | Theater
Raymond Jonson: Absolute Art with Matthew Rowe
Gallerist Matthew Rowe will give an overview of the life of Raymond Jonson, including significant events and the ways in which they altered his painting style. Rowe will define important art terms that Johnson used to define his work and explore what makes each period of his work unique. This will include a discussion of his later period works that have been generally disregarded and overlooked by historians and collectors.

Mike Nesbit and Kristin Bauer

4 pm | Jai & Jai Gallery, booth TBA
Mike Nesbit and Kristin Bauer: Abstract Technical
Artists Mike Nesbit and Kristin Bauer will discuss the rise of architectural influences and techniques in their respective bodies of work and the ways in which fabrication of the artist’s output is cleverly manipulated and utilized in contemporary art.

Bernie Taupin, photograph by Heather Taupin

5 pm | Theatre
Bernie Taupin: The Evolution of an Artist
Many artists are gifted in multiple mediums of communication. In addition to the visual arts, some are writers, poets, and performance artists. Does being multi-disciplined interfere with the artist’s creativity across their chosen media? Are such artists recognized for their additional talents, or is their work less credible if they do not focus on one particular area of creativity? Artist Bernie Taupin will address these questions and present an overview of his own artistic journey.

Taupin has been a lifelong visual artist. At the age of 17, he began creative endeavors as a writer and by the age of 20, many of his writings had been turned into songs adapted by Reggie Dwight. In 1970 “Your Song” arrived, Reggie became Elton John, and the rest is history.

His legacy could have been cemented by his achievements solely as a songwriter, but in the 1990’s Taupin returned to his visual arts roots, painting in the Abstract Expressionism manner inspired by Anselm Kiefer and Hans Hoffman. After 20 years of ‘pushing paint,’ Bernie has found his unique voice in the visual language of reduction/construction and assemblage.

The presentation will close with Taupin’s review of the evolution of styles from Abstract Expressionism through Pop to reduction/reconstruction and a brief Q&A specific to Taupin’s visual art career. Following the lecture, attendees are invited to a walk-through of the artist’s work on display at the fair.

7:30 pm | VIP Event (Registration Required)
O’Donnell House in Chino Canyon
Set lightly into the natural terrain of what is likely the last hillside development in Palm Springs, The Chino Canyon Project is the mindful neighboring of old and new. It’s two significant architectural works – one based on a never-constructed plan by a midcentury architect, the other designed by contemporary visionary, Lance O’Donnell.

O’Donnell found the rugged Desert Palisades an optimal environment for a resource-efficient, site-specific home. Join Art Palm Springs collectors, curators, designers, galleries and artists for this evening event after the fair closes.

Transportation not provided. Reservation required.
Limit: 50 people
RSVP to Kate Jordan at kate@urban-expo.com

Special thanks to Palm Springs Life, Lance O’Donnell and o2 Architecture, Pho 533 Palm Springs and Crater Lake Vodka 

SATURDAY, February 18

9 am | VIP Event (Tickets Required)

Modernism Week Bus Tour
A special offer for Art Palm Springs fans and friends! Reserved seating on Modernism Week bus tour, February 18! Tickets available here

The Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour provides guests with a 2.5 hour overview of significant civic and commercial buildings, as well as residential properties located within notable Palm Springs neighborhoods, including the midcentury “leisure lifestyle” communities in South Palm Springs. Lead by knowledgeable guides, this open-air experience offers unique, exterior perspectives of Desert Spanish and Midcentury Modern architecture, two predominant styles found in Palm Springs. From the oldest existing structure in Palm Springs, the McCallum Adobe, and the expansive grounds of the exclusive Villa Paradiso Estate, to Albert Frey’s 800 square foot “Frey House II” perched on the mountainside, tourgoers will gain a better understanding of the historical richness and architectural diversity found in this desert oasis.

Tour highlights include exterior views of William Krisel’s House of Tomorrow, Richard Neutra’s architectural masterpiece, the Kaufmann Desert House, Donald Wexler & Rick Harrison’s Steel Development Houses and E. Stewart Williams’s legendary “Twin Palms” estate, the former residence of Frank Sinatra. Other architecturally significant buildings on the tour will include Palm Springs City Hall, Saint Theresa Parish, and the iconic Tramway Gas Station, now the Palm Springs Visitors Center. Discover why Palm Springs is synonymous with Desert Modernism!

Limited number of tickets available – take advantage of reserved seating and get tickets now for Modernism Week’s signature tour!
Get your tickets here

9 am | VIP Event (Registration Required)
Private Tour of Palm Springs Art Museum exhibitions led by PSAM Chief Curator Katherine Hough
This exhibition presents the work of 12 American women artists active in New York City and the San Francisco Bay area in the late 1940s and 1950s. As part of a circle of painters known as Abstract Expressionists, they helped forge the first fully American modern art movement.

This is the first major museum exhibition to address the contribution of women to Abstract Expressionism. Until recently, their involvement has been underreported and their canvases undervalued. Yet their authentic expressions belong front and center in the accounts of Abstract Expressionism. More than fifty major paintings will be on view by artists Mary Abbott, Jay DeFeo, Elaine de Kooning, Perle Fine, Helen Frankenthaler, Sonia Gechtoff, Judith Godwin, Grace Hartigan, Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Deborah Remington, and Ethel Schwabacher.

Women of Abstract Expressionism is organized by the Denver Art Museum. It is generously funded by Merle Chambers; Henry Luce Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; the Ponzio Family; Harmes C. Fishback Foundation Trust; Dedalus Foundation; Joan Mitchell Foundation; Helen Frankenthaler Foundation; the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign; and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. 

The Palm Springs Art Museum presentation is funded in part by Arlene Schnitzer and Jordan Schnitzer, the museum’s Contemporary Art Council, and Erik E. and Edith H. Bergstrom Foundation.

Exhibition Season Sponsors: Carol and Jim Egan, David Kaplan and Glenn Ostergaard, Dorothy C. Meyerman, Marion and Bob Rosenthal, and The Herman and Faye Sarkowsky Charitable Foundation. The Desert Sun is the exhibition media sponsor.

Transportation not provided. Reservation required.
Limit: 20 people
RSVP to Kate Jordan at kate@urban-expo.com

Desert-X-sm-lec-21 pm | Theater
Desert X Preview
From February 25 to April 30, 2017, the Coachella Valley will become a canvas for established and emerging artists whose site-specific works will articulate a range of issues and uncharted territories of the California desert. Desert X artistic director Neville Wakefield and executive director Elizabeta Betinski are joined by participating artists to discuss the cultural and philosophical issues that make the desert vibrant and exciting.

Boris Chetkov (1926 – 2010), White and Red, 1990, acrylic on Panel, 20. x 28 in.

2 pm | Pushkin Gallery, booth 504
Sharing Chektov
Renowned Russian art scholar and gallerist Kenneth Pushkin will share the story of his friendship with the important Russian Moderist Boris Chektov, who inherited and reinvented the traditions of Russian art, resulting in compellingly beautiful and fascinating works.

Binh Pho and Alain Mailland collaboration, Children of Gaia, 2016

2 pm | Sensate Gallery, booth 414
Binh Pho: The Nature of Collaboration
Artist Binh Pho will discuss his use of concept, narrative, and the language of symbolism, abstraction and figurative imagery. He will share his personal vision as well as how it is expanded through collaboration with an international array of artists working in diverse media.

FRI-aps-tour-dann-foley2 pm | Meet at Collectors Lounge
Tour of Art Palm Springs led by Dann Foley
Join Interior Designer Dann Foley for a guided tour of Art Palm Springs. Dann Foley has built a reputation for great style, taste and quality through his namesake firm DANN Inc. For more than 25 years, he has honed his interior design craft with clients in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Foley also participated in the 2017 Art Palm Springs SELECTS project.

Please RSVP to Kate Jordan at kate@urban-expo.com

sat-george-billis-book-signing2:30 pm | George Billis Gallery, booth 502
Danny Heller: Limited Edition Print Signing
Artist Danny Heller will release a special limited edition print for the Art Palm Springs and participate in an in-person signing event. Heller is a painter from Southern California who focuses on mid-century architectural realism.

Lita Albuquerque, ‘Stellar Axis: Antarctica,’ 2006. Photo credit: Jean de Pomereu

3 pm | Theater
Lita Albuquerque
The Desert as Mirror: Reflections on the Void

Since the early 1970s, Lita Albuquerque has created an expansive body of work, ranging from sculpture, poetry, painting and multi-media performance to ambitious site-specific ephemeral projects in remote locations around the globe.

Often associated with the Light and Space and Land Art movements, Albuquerque has developed a unique visual and conceptual vocabulary using the earth, color, the body, motion and time to illuminate identity as part of the universal. Her presentation at Art Palm Springs will focus on the concept for her Desert X installation as well as other past and future projects.

Albuquerque works in environments and with materials that both question and illuminate the human experience in relation to the cosmic. The scope of her research, which includes projects like Stellar Axis: Antarctica (2006) and Sol Star (1996), performative works involving hundreds of participants like Spine of the Earth 2012 (2012) or An Elongated Now (2014) and an active studio practice speaks to the artist’s pursuit – “I am interested in that impossibility of vision,” she explains, “being able to perceive only what is around us, yet aware that what we are perceiving is only part of a much larger vision.” Albuquerque’s mark making, from the smallest of particles in her pigment installations and paintings to mapping the celestial, suggests her practice as one that functions as a bridge between the finite and the infinite.

Represented at Art Palm Springs by Peter Blake Gallery (Laguna Beach), Albuquerque represented the United States at the Sixth International Cairo Biennale, where she was awarded the Biennale’s top prize. Albuquerque has also been the recipient of the National Science Foundation Artist Grant Program for the artwork, Stellar Axis: Antarctica, which culminated in the first and largest ephemeral artwork created on that continent, three NEA Art in Public Places awards, an NEA Individual Fellowship grant, a fellowship from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation and MOCA’s Distinguished Women in the Arts award. Her work is also included in The Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution and collections such as: The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, LACMA, MOCA, the Getty Trust, The Laguna Art Museum and The Palms Springs Museum, among others. Albuquerque continues her investigations into identity and the cosmos with projects planned at Mount Vesuvius in Naples, Italy, the 2nd installment of her project Stellar Axis off the coast of Greenland, and at the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. A book on her project Stellar Axis: Antarctica was published by Skira Rizzoli and the Nevada Museum of Art as well as a catalog for her exhibition at USC, 20/20: Accelerando. She is on the core faculty of the Fine Art Graduate Program at Art Center College of Design.

Presented by Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

SAT-clinton-hill-booth-talk3 pm | Clinton Hill Foundation, booth 509
Clinton Hill
Marilyn Pearl, Executive Director of the Clinton Hill Foundation, will discuss the life and work of Clinton Hill, an abstract artist who lived and worked in New York. Pearl will discuss Hill’s glorious paintings and works on paper, as well as life as a gay man, successful artist, and pioneer of SOHO. She will also explain the creation of the Foundation, its mission, and the grants to museums that is has awarded.

SATURDAY-book-signing-sm24 pm | Peter Blake Gallery, booth 100

Lita Albuquerque: Star Axis Book Signing
Following her 3pm lecture, “The Desert as Mirror: Reflections on the Void,” Lita Albuquerque will sign copies of Star Axis, the first monograph on the acclaimed American environmental artist, whose works belong to the Land Art generation alongside James Turrell, Christo, Robert Smithson, and others. Known internationally for her temporary and ephemeral installations, paintings, and sculptures, Lita Albuquerque uses the most unusual and challenging of Earth’s surfaces as a canvas: Antarctica, the Arctic, Death Valley, the Mojave Desert, and South Dakota’s Badlands. She “paints” with a variety of mediums, including brightly clad humans or fabricated spheres, which form patterns over vast, wide-open spaces. This beautifully designed survey of her career highlights Stellar Axis, for which Albuquerque led an expedition to the South Pole to create the first installment of a groundbreaking global project. In addition to essays placing the artist’s works in the broader contexts of environmental art and science, Albuquerque provides personal reflections on her life’s work.

Andy Burgess, Wexler Steel House IV, 2015

4 pm | Cynthia Corbett Gallery, booth 409
Andy Burgess: Modernism Revisited / Artist in residency at Tandem Press
Far from restricting his practice to one medium, London-born, U.S-based artist Andy Burgess has been working across architecture, painting and collage for over 30 years. Expanding his repertoire even further, Burgess is currently undertaking an artist’s residency at Tandem Press, a prestigious Wisconsin-based printmaking studio that has housed the likes of Jim Dine and David Lynch. Tandem Press champions analytical research and exploratory methods and Burgess has found this to be a valuable catalyst for his experimentation with lithography. Burgess’s recent prints represent a pivotal landmark in the artist’s sustained meditation on Mid-Century Modern architecture.

Binh Pho, Heaven Can Wait, 2016

4 pm | Sensate Gallery, booth 414
Binh Pho & Kevin Wallace: Shadow of the Turning Book Signing
Shadow of The Turning
is a book and traveling museum exhibition. Artist Binh Pho and writer/curator Kevin Wallace will discuss the themes of the book, the artists involved, and how the book relates to current events.  Pho and Wallace will both be on hand to sign copies.

SAT-CHJones-lecture5 pm | Theater
A Dialogue for Now: Looking at the Blurred Boundaries of Design + Art In Contemporary Culture
These days, more and more contemporary fine art galleries are representing designers – and there is good reason to believe that this will be a lasting trend. As boundaries between design and art continue to converge, we find ourselves in an alluring time where people appreciate and acknowledge the relevance of aesthetics – and an aesthetic lifestyle – more than ever before. Major international art exhibitions and biennials prominently feature design under the contemporary art umbrella, so what actually distinguishes art from design, design from art? Does the distinction matter and why? What shape and shifts should the discourse now take? When it comes to collecting, to what degree does the buyer’s formal education play a role versus his or her own lived experience? Among all other periods, why is the 21st century the time of all times to acquire both art + design objects? This panel will look to three virtuoso tastemakers for their insights, including renowned furniture designer Charles Hollis Jones, whose solo exhibition 50 Years, 50 Chairs currently on view at The Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, California; John Geresi, noted design collector and scholar, and co-curator of 2016 MOCA Los Angeles Gaetano Pesce: Molds (Gelati Misti); and Paul Davidge, Founder, Not So General, a gallery for designart. Moderated by Veronica M. Fernandez, Principal, Fine Art Advising Services.

saturday-book-signing-sm5 – 7 pm | HOHMANN, booth 208
Greg Gorman: Private Works Book Signing
Iconic Los Angeles-based photographer Greg Gorman will sign copies of his latest book “Private Works”. Gorman was one of the first openly gay photographers of his generation and the book allows a peak behind closed doors. “Private Works” represents his first foray into male portraiture and the nude in more than 15 years, as well as a departure in both style and content from his earlier works.

SUNDAY, February 19


Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio

2 pm | Theater
The Exploding Kiln: The New Ceramics Revolution
Garth Clark, Editor in Chief of CFile Foundation, and Mark Del Vecchio, Curator and Director of Ceramics and Design, Peters Projects, are leading long-term voices in the new ceramic age. As authors, speakers, curators and collectors, they have played key roles in the medium’s evolution in the fine arts. Their books (Clark has over 80 titles to his name) and exhibitions (Garth Clark Gallery curated over 600 exhibitions over three decades in various museums and its space in Los Angeles, New York, Kansas City and briefly, London) set the pace from 1981 to now. The duo will draw from their deep well of knowledge to lead a lively, witty, irreverent discussion that will take their audience on a helter-skelter ten-year journey to the present, as man’s oldest art form has taken on a new and revolutionary spirit.

Presented by Peters Projects, Santa Fe, NM