New Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion  

Opens to the Public November 9 with a Free Community Day   

PALM SPRINGS (Nov. 7, 2014) – Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion opens to the public on Sunday, November 9, with free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.In addition, on November 13 at 5:30 p.m., the public is invited to a free screening of The Nature of Modernism: E. Stewart Williams, Architect film, tracing Williams’ family history and professional career.

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The Architecture and Design Center is the hub of the museum’s exploration of architecture and design, and will house related exhibitions, educational and community programs, as well as offer a research space and a storage area for the museum’s growing architecture and design collections and archives. The inaugural exhibition is An Eloquent Modernist: E. Stewart Williams, Architect, on display throughFebruary 22, 2015. The exhibition includes models, photographs, film clips, original renderings, and drawings to provide a complete view of his 50-year career. Notably, Williams was the design architect for the main Palm Springs Art Museum and the Architecture and Design Center building, originally the Santa Fe Savings & Loan.

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For the opening day there will be food trucks and musical entertainment from the Los Angeles-based performers String Theory. A collaborative ensemble of musicians and dancers, String Theory utilizes invented instruments and sonic sculpture to create their unique performance landscape and sonic footprint. They are well known for their large-scale performance installations that transform environments and architecture into giant musical instruments. The Architecture and Design Center will become a harp that is part of the musical collaboration.

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The public is also invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony on November 13 at 1 p.m. with Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet, at the Architecture and Design Center.  Also on the 13th at 5:30 p.m., the public is invited to attend a free premiere screening of the new documentary film The Nature of Modernism: E. Stewart Williams, Architect at the Annenberg Theater. This new film contains never-before-seen by the public archival interviews with E. Stewart Williams. Following the screening producers Jake Gorst and Tracey Rennie Gorst will conduct a Q&A, moderated by Sidney Williams, Curator of Architecture and Design. The film traces Mr. Williams’ family history and professional career, from the early days designing a home for Frank Sinatra, to the later years, producing civic structures, including the Crafton Hills College, Palm Springs Desert Museum (now Palm Springs Art Museum), and Santa Fe Federal Savings & Loan, now the museum’s Architecture and Design Center.

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The Architecture and Design Center is located in downtown Palm Springs at 300 South Palm Canyon Drive and open WednesdayFridaySaturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. The museum is closed Monday and Tuesday. As part of the museum’s Free 2nd Sunday program, made possible by the generous support from the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation, the museum offers free admission and all activities are free every second Sunday of the month, year-round. For more information visit   www.psmuseum.org or call (760) 322-4897.

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About Palm Springs Art Museum

Palm Springs Art Museum is the largest cultural institution in the Coachella Valley and includes three locations in Palm Springs and Palm Desert. The flagship building is located in downtown Palm Springs and features compelling art exhibitions and a vast permanent collection, all on view in a 150,000 square foot, architecturally-significant building. Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion features exhibitions and programming that explore the rich topics of architecture and design. Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert is an 8,400 square foot, Silver LEED-certified building named The Galen that presents rotating exhibitions and special collections. It is surrounded by the four-acre Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden featuring important sculpture works. For more information, call (760) 322-4800, visit   www.psmuseum.org, and follow the museum on Facebook, Twitter and InstaGram.

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