What to Expect from the Fall Preview of Modernism Week

Modernism Design Week in Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs has built a reputation for itself as an oasis in the middle of the desert. Art galleries, museums, renowned restaurants, and carefully curated boutiques pepper the town, indicating that it is one in which creativity thrives. The art scene mirrors the uniqueness of the city, with Palm Springs modernism being a core theme. The city celebrates modernism with enthusiasm and has dedicated a week in February to fostering its preservation and growth and a weekend in October for a Fall Preview of the event.

About Modernism Week and Fall Preview

Modernism Week was sparked by the major success of the annual symposium put on by the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Architecture and Design Council. In 2006, the first official Palm Springs Modernism Week was heavily attended and greeted with spirited support. Originally created to showcase Palm Springs’ mid-century modern architecture, Palm Springs Modernism Week has since expanded to include different facets of modernism, including fashion, decor, culture, and art.

A modernist home in Palm Springs

During Modernism Week in February, the celebration of Modernism takes place in the form of tours, lectures, shows, sales, films, parties, and exhibitions. As a charitable non-profit, Modernism Week gives a portion of the proceeds to organizations dedicated to preservation, as well as scholarships for local students interested in pursuing a degree in architecture or design.

The entire event is designed with modern living in mind and the Fall Preview in October is no exception. Known as “Mini Modernism Week”, this October weekend will be packed with a sampling of the most popular events of Modernism Week in February. A well-balanced mix of recreation and information will yield a lively four days that will cultivate appreciation for Modernism.

Here is a rundown of the Fall Preview 2017 happenings:


Fall Preview kicks off with a daily collection of morning tours including an architectural double-decker bus tour led by Charles Phoenix. Guests are free to relax as they are guided through the town, stopping at architecturally significant landmarks as well as Charles’s favorite Palm Springs restaurants, resorts, bars, and boutiques. Other available tours include Heart of the City, Golden Era Hollywood Homes in Old Las Palmas, Celebrity Haven: The Tennis Club Neighborhood, and the Fall Preview Architectural Bike Ride. Some tours repeat over the weekend so guests can mix and match their favorites without missing out. With such diverse tour offerings, guests are free to personalize their experience based on the aspects of modernism they are most interested in.  

Talks & ShowsA midcentury modern table

Usually held in the afternoons, talks, shows, and presentations allow guests to deepen their knowledge of Palm Springs Modernism and explore new ideas through the eyes of the presenters. Talks like The Very Best of Mod with a Twist and Albert Frey & Lina Bo Bardi: Environments for Life cover a range of topics relating to Modernism. There will also be a vintage car show, a Walter S. White open house, and a book signing by Palm Springs authors.

Cocktail Parties & MoreCactus plant in a mid-century home

The action-packed days of Fall Preview finish off with functions and cocktail parties. The first day rounds out with cocktails at the West Elm House and the Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway Cocktail Party. October 20th excites guests for the rest of the weekend with the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale Preview Party located at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Saturday night features the  Moroccan Modern Sunset Cocktail Party and the Wexler National Register Party at Historic Leff/Florsheim Residence. The last night of Fall Preview closes out with a combo presentation and cocktail party, Fall in Love with Frey, featuring one of the founding fathers of mid-century modern architecture, Robert Frey.  

Known for its eclecticism, Palm Springs is a town where art appreciation takes priority. Modernism Week and Fall Preview give the town and its visitors a chance to express their passion for this style of art and to contribute to its preservation.

This year’s Fall Preview is packed with events that are sure to conjure up excitement about Modernism Week in February. The weekend includes exhibitions, talks, films, tours, and cocktail parties all centered around modernism in the greater Palm Springs area. This weekend sets the precedent for what’s to come in February – and from the looks of the event calendar, it’s not to be missed.

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