Exhibitions - Palm Springs Art Museum

IDENTITY: 2007 Fine Arts Creativity Awards Exhibition
March 8 through May 6
Jorgensen Gallery and Marks Graphics Center

Outstanding artworks by local students receive recognition during this annual exhibition that encourages students in their pursuit of artistic distinction. This year’s exhibition explores the concept of identity—real or perceived. Approximately 45 artworks from Coachella Valley high schools and College of the Desert will explore notions of the collective aspects by which an individual, group or thing is recognizable or identified. This exhibition provides a forum for student expression to move beyond the physical boundaries of the school to connect with the larger community.


Contemporary Glass
February 13, 2007 and ongoing
Frederick Sleight and Nettie Wolf Galleries (Denney Western Art Wing)
This installation features studio glass art from the Museum's permanent collection and works on loan from significant private collections of contemporary fine art glass in the desert communities. With a new emphasis on collecting glass, the Museum has established a gallery in which to exhibit new gifts and loans in an effort to encourage private collectors to promise or donate artworks. This gallery will change and grow as the Museum builds a significant glass collection.

Studio glass is defined as sculpture designed and made by an artist using heated glass. Noted national and international artists in this exhibition show a range and diversity of glass techniques from kiln casting, fusing, slumping, and lamp-working to glass blowing and other hot techniques. These creative artists utilize glass material in innovative ways to create unique works of art.


Distinct Impression:
Photographs from the Permanent Collection

Historically, photographs have been seen as conveying both a sense of immediacy and “believability.” Whether documenting a specific moment in time or by manipulating an image, the photographer creates a distinct impression of his or her perspective of the world or human condition in which we are invited as observers. Drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, a range of modern and contemporary photographs are featured in this exhibition including works by Yousuf Karsh, Noriko Furunishi, Sandy Skoglund, John Divola and Richard Misrach among others.
THIS EXHIBITION IS ORGANIZED FROM THE PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM’S PERMANENT COLLECTION.


Multicultural Modernism:
The Work of Steven Ehrlich Architects
November 11, 2006 through April 15, 2007
Firestone and McCormick Galleries (McCallum Wing)

This retrospective is an in-depth look at the 27-year history of the Los Angeles-based firm Steven Ehrlich Architects. Including photographs, models and drawings of projects in the United States and around the world, the exhibition’s theme is Multicultural Modernism, the firm’s distinctive design philosophy for creating meaningful architecture for the 21st Century. Citing the unique convergence of global factors that challenge today’s architects, design principal Steven Ehrlich calls Multicultural Modernism “a vital and flexible architectural language that can respond sensibly, flexibly and with great exuberance to our increasingly urbanized, polyglot world.”
Trained in the tenets of Modern architecture, Ehrlich traces the origins of Multicultural Modernism to his first experiences as a working architect and teacher in North and West Africa, where he was exposed to “architecture without architects:” vernacular buildings and city layouts that were functional, sustainable and sensitive to their environments. After founding his practice in Los Angeles in 1979, Ehrlich continued to travel throughout Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. He assembled a team of architects whose approach to design synthesizes addressing Western needs and embracing new technologies with incorporating valuable influences from other cultures.
His designs seek to acknowledge and balance the many cultural identities that jostle in today’s urban centers. In his residential work, whether in his own home in Venice, CA, or in a 35,000 square foot residence in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Ehrlich’s designs are sensitive to environmental conditions of sun and shade while providing large glass panes to incorporate landscape views.
While fully exploiting advances in technology and materials in pursuit of dynamic sustainable environments, Ehrlich’s Multicultural Modernism honors the Modern tradition’s dictum that form should follow function, and also lift the human spirit high.
THIS EXHIBITION IS ORGANIZED BY THE PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM AND FUNDED IN PART BY HORIZON GENERAL CONTRACTORS, HELYN MACLEAN & ASHER WALDFOGEL, BERNARDS BROS., AND ELIZABETH HOWARD. IN-KIND SUPPORT WAS PROVIDED BY BLAIR GRAPHICS AND FINLAND COLOR PLYWOOD CORPORATION.


Desert Painters
June 15, 2006 through January 14, 2007
Margaret and Michael W. McCarthy and Kathleen and Ralph Waycott Galleries
(Denney Western American Art Wing)
The desert landscape has drawn artists to the West since the turn of the 20th century. Initially attracted to the mild winters, artists such as James Swinnerton and Agnes Pelton painted the desert landscapes around them. Paintings by these artists along with John Hilton, Paul Grimm, William Darling, Fred Penney, Alson Skinner Clark and Stephen H. Willard are featured.
THIS EXHIBITION IS ORGANIZED FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION OF THE PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM.

Best of the West
Ongoing
Ernest and Jean Hahn, Anne and Kirk Douglas,
Augusta Morse, Alexandra and Sidney Sheldon,
and George Montgomery Galleries (Denney Western American Art Wing)

From cowboys and Indians to landscapes and man-made environments, images of the American West are tangled in myth and reality. A variety of themes organized by subject matter and visual relationships invite visitors to forget about historic periods and styles and look at art in new ways. Fans of classic Western and Native American art can view these works alongside contemporary works.
This exhibition of 19th- through 21st-century art from the Museum’s permanent collection combines realistic, romantic, and humorous portrayals of Western scenes and characters to stimulate visitors to ask some important questions: What exactly is the West? What is fact and what is legend? Is it meaningful to speak about the Western experience today?
THIS EXHIBITION IS ORGANIZED FROM THE PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM’S PERMANENT COLLECTION AND FUNDED BY THE MUSEUM’S WESTERN ART COUNCIL.




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