On this week’s rendition of Art Shows a Go Go we will take you from the top (the High Desert) to the very low (the Salton Sea).  We have highlighted just a few art shows that might be of interest to you.

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come one, come all, it’s the Joshua Tree Arts Crawl!

It’s time to frolic on up the golden road (aka Hwy 62) for a day of art, culture and quirkiness.  That’s the High Desert for you.  One of the most interesting places to visit in the desert, Joshua Tree, never seizes to amaze me.  So I can assure it will satisfy all of your quirky needs.

What’s super cool about the Art Crawl is that you get a real taste of what the local art community of the town is up to.  There are people, community, and culture oozing out everywhere.  Yummy.

The Joshua Tree Art Crawl is free to attend and is open to all ages.



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Palm Springs

Free 2nd Sundays at the Palm Springs Art Museum

With generous support from the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation, the museum is proud to present Free 2nd Sundays. The second Sunday of each month features a schedule of programming for all ages and interests including hands-on family activities, performances, films on art and culture, docent-led spotlight talks and demonstrations of artists at work. The spring activities are centered on John Baldessari: A Print Retrospective, the annual Art Party, and Weird Art. Admission and all activities are free.


Lecture Hall • All Day
A selection of films by John Baldessari.
Ed Henderson Suggests Sound Tracks for Photographs, 1974,explores the relation between what is heard and seen, appropriating deliberately clichéd imagery and generic film music to construct a series of surreal mini-movies. Six Colorful Tales: From the Emotional Spectrum (Women), 1977, uses the symbolic associations ascribed to colors as a signifying barometer of cultural and psychological meanings. Four Short Films, 1972-1973, represents Baldessari’s conceptual engagement with spectacle rather than performance.


James and Jackie Lee Houston Atrium • 1 p.m.
Artist Kara Iverson demonstrates two printmaking techniques, combining an adapted method of screen printing with monoprinting, using a printing press.


James and Jackie Lee Houston Atrium • 3 p.m.
Award-winning poet David Dodd Lee reads from his recent works, including The Nervous Filamentsand Orphan, Indiana, which were inspired and influenced by the methods of conceptual art. He then discusses how his background and interest in painting has inspired his poetry.


Rubinstein Art Studio • Anytime between 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Colors, Stripes and Dots • Make your own print and decide where to add colors, stripes and dots as we look at the many ways John Baldessari made his prints.


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Palm Desert

Marks Art Center at College of the Desert

Geolocation: Desertscapes by Nate Larson + Marni Shindelman,
@ COD’s Marks Art Center: April 4 – 28, 2011

PALM DESERT, CA—As part of the second annual Desertscapes series of events, College of the Desert’s Marks Art Center (MAC) presents the photography exhibition Geolocation: Desertscapes, by East Coast artists Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman.  While Desertscapes as a whole pays tribute to the desert landscape as a source of artistic inspiration for early 20th century plein-air (outdoor) painters as well as contemporary painters, the Geolocation: Desertscapes exhibition interprets this landscape conceptually, using large-scale photographic prints to document the actual locations of ephemeral online data, making real the virtual landscape of Twitter.  The photographs in the exhibition were made in response to “tweets” posted in and around Palm Desert in January, when the artists were visiting the Coachella Valley.  The exhibition opens for viewing on Monday, April 4, with an opening reception from 5:00-7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 6; admission to the gallery is free, and the reception, which will feature a musical performance by COD student Kenneth Bozanich, is also free and open to the public.  The Marks Art Center will also host on its lawn an artists’ “paint-out,” (on-site painting demonstration) from 3:00-5:00 pm on Wednesday April 6, showcasing the work of the Coachella Valley Watercolor Society and the oil painters of the Desert Art Center; artwork will be for sale.  The Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts is open Mon.-Thur., 12-4 pm and by appointment.

Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman’s collaborative work focuses on the cultural understanding of distance as perceived in modern life and network culture.  They have been collaborating on their Geolocation project for almost four years, using publicly available embedded geotag information in Twitter updates to track the locations of user posts, and make photographs to mark the location of these virtual posts in the real world.  The photographs are then paired with the originating text, as in the case of the exhibition announcement—the image on the front of the card correlates to the tweet “‘This is horrible,’ says everybody that works in politics.”  Often there are grammatical errors or abbreviations in these tweets, and the artists leave them intact.  The act of making a photograph at each location anchors and memorializes these fleeting moments, while simultaneously probing expectations of privacy in relation to social networks.  Larson and Shindelman’s work aims to explore the dislocation between expressed sentiments, emotional connections, and the physical distances between people.  “We think of these photos as historical monuments to small, lived moments,” explains Larson; the work “also grounds the virtual reality of social networking data streams to the physical world, while examining how the nature of one’s physical space may influence online presence.”  The images, all devoid of people, are hauntingly beautiful, evoking a sense of loneliness even as they document the presence of the individuals whose tweets they capture, which are in turn often surprisingly poignant and revealing.

Nate Larson teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and serves on the Board of Directors for the Society for Photographic Education. He received his MFA from The Ohio State University in 2002.  Marni Shindelman is associate professor of art and an associate of the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Rochester. She received her MFA from the University of Florida in 2002.  Their GEOLOCATION project was recently featured on the NPR program “Marketplace Tech Report” and in the Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun. Selections from their collaborations have been shown at the Contemporary Arts Center Las Vegas; Houston Center for Photography; Museum of Fine Arts Houston; Baltimore Museum of Art; the 2nd Moscow International Biennale; RAIQ in Montréal; Peloton in Sydney, Australia; the Center on Contemporary Art Seattle; City Without Walls in New Jersey; the Conflux Festival in NYC, and the Format International Photography Festival in Derby, UK.  For more information, please contact gallery director Lisa Soccio at 760-776-7377 or <LSOCCIO@collegeofthedesert.edu>.

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Salton Sea

Valley of the Ancient Lake: Works Inspired by the Salton Sea

Valley of the Ancient Lake…

Valley of the Ancient Lake:  Works Inspired by the Salton Sea

Opening Reception:  Sunday April 3, 2011 3-7pm

As part of Desertscapes, the Museum will offer special
events throughout the month of April.  Featuring artists Bill Leigh Brewer, Cristopher Cichocki, Andrew Dickson, Joe Forkan, Mary-Austin Klein, Christopher Landis, Deborah Martin Eric Merrell, Joan Myers and Kim Stringfellow

Desertscapes Events at the North Shore Beach & Yacht Club: Sunday April 3, Opening Reception 3-7pm
Kim Stringfellow will read from her book, Greetings from the Salton Sea: Folly and Intervention in the Southern California Landscape, 1905-2005. She will also present a slide show of the images from the book.

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