This is the largest Modernism event in the world and has already sold out many of it’s tours and parties.
Modernism Week is filled with a variety of events including architectural tours, films, lectures, an architectural symposium, educational events, and chic, fun parties in cool mid-century modern homes and boutique hotels.
The events are lavish and exciting. Here are a few events, films, lectures, parties, and tours that look to be fun and interesting. Enjoy!
Opening Night Cocktail Reception
Arthur Elrod House, 1968, John Lautner, architect
One of the most remarkable houses in America, the Elrod House on Southridge in Palm Springs has panoramic views of the San Jacinto mountains. Its conical concrete roof hovers above the circular living room and provides a dramatic space from which to enjoy the desert below. The west glass facade opens electronically and bisects the pool, famous in a scene from the movie Diamonds are Forever.
These guided tours of the historic Annenberg Estate and grounds provide the first public access to Sunnylands. A limited number of visitors will experience the 1966 residence designed by A. Quincy Jones and restored over the last two years and will explore the 200-acre estate with its nine-hole golf course.
Vintage Roadside, the husband & wife team of Jeff Kunkle and Kelly Burg, have spent years researching, documenting, and sharing the history behind America’s mid-century mom-and-pop businesses. For Modernism Week 2012 they debut a new presentation focusing on a 1960s phenomenon – the mermaid attraction! They will be joined in their presentation by friend and aquatic performer extraordinaire, Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid. For a show-stopping finale Vintage Roadside will present a true Modernism Week first – a live mermaid and fire eating performance by Marina!
Bird’s Nest: Herzog and de Meuron in China
(2008, Directors Christoph Schaub and Michael Schindhelm, 88 minutes)
Many events for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games took place in the brand new 100,000-seat National Stadium. Design plans for this massive structure began in 2003, when Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron were selected by the Chinese government to design the new stadium, which because of its curved steel-net walls was soon dubbed by locals as the “bird’s nest.”
Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island
(2012, Director Jake Gorst, 82 minutes)
Reception With Director at TRIO Restaurant following film
*Screened in glorious High Definition
Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island explores the work of the region’s best post-war architects and designers, including Albert Frey, Wallace Harrison, Herbert Beckhard, Frank Lloyd Wright, Horace Gifford, Edward Durrell Stone, Marcel Breuer, Andrew Geller, Philip Johnson, John Hejduk, Charles Gwathmey, Barbara and Julian Neski, and others. The film features interviews with architects and historians, as well as friends, families and clients of these influential designers.
Preserving Eichler Houses
Lecture by Alan Hess, architect, architecture historian, and writer and Susan Secoy Jensen, architect
Combining the talents of some of the nation’s leading modern architects, new technologies, mass production techniques, and progressive ideas about diversity and community, Joseph Eichler redefined developer’s housing. Today, the spirit of community is back. A new generation of owners have found that these mid-century modern icons are timeless in their ability to engage their occupants in indoor-outdoor living. Hess and Secoy will discuss historic and current trends relative to mid-century modern residential design.
COLOR + MODERNISM
Lecture by Paul Aferiat and Peter Stamberg, architects
The built environment was highly colored from ancient times through the early years of Modernism. Paul Aferiat and Peter Stamberg discuss color theory, the history of color in architecture, why color disappeared from architecture and ways in which they use color in their work.
The Maranz House, also known as the “Gull Wing House,” was designed by architect Val Powelson in 1960. Sited on the Tamarisk Country Club, the home’s three-pointed star floor plan is a midcentury architectural wonder rarely open to the public. The Maranz House appears on the cover of the book Palm Springs Weekend and became part of television history in 2003 when it served as the backdrop for the reality TV show “Boy Meets Boy.”
PS ModCom Iconic Open House
Ship of the Desert
Architects Earl Webster and Adrian Wilson
Built in 1936 the house was christened “Ship of the Desert” by artist Millard Sheets in the 1937 cover story for Sunset Magazine, calling it “one of the most interesting new homes in the west”.
Interior Guided Tours of the Vintage
Airstreams & Trailers
Tour the interiors of this amazing collection of one of a kind, restored vintage travel trailers! Trailer owners will be on hand to talk about their trailer’s history, restoration, and travels. This show will also feature a variety of fun retail booths with travel trailer related gifts, art, T-shirts and jewelry. The Vintage Trailer Show is brought to you by Airstream Life Magazine & Modernism Week.
I really wish I could make it this year because all of the events, tours, parties, etc look amazing! Who knows… maybe someone will surprised me with a belated birthday gift in the form of a round trip ticket to Palm Springs.