Make your trip/life to/in the desert this weekend pure euphoria, spend some time with great art.  Of course, do this is in addition to enjoying all the many other features this splendid desert has to offer such as; hiking, biking, pool-siding, and eating amazing food.  Art and leisurely activities make for a great pairing.
Lucky for us, the Coachella Valley is home to fantastic weather and a rich art community.  So why not soak up the warmth from both?  Trust me that there is enough to go around…
palm springs art museum
FREE Admission for Bank of America
and Merrill Lynch Customers 

Saturday, March 7


Sunday, March 8


Through a special grant from Bank of America, Palm Springs Art Museum, the Architecture and Design Center, and The Galen and the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden in Palm Desert, join more than 150 other cultural institutions throughout the United States in offering free admission on the first full weekend of every month. Simply present your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card along with a photo ID to gain free general admission to any participating institution. Cardholders only; guests are not eligible for free admission.

Palm Springs Art Museum is honored to participate in this program that brings new audiences and increased attention to art museums, science and history museums, and other cultural institutions. For a full list of participating museums, please visit the Museums on Us website by clicking here.
However – Good news!  Even if you aren’t a Bank of America card holder you can still go to the museum for free on Sunday!  Thanks to the Berger Foundation!

Activities | Films | Exhibitions | Artful Conversations

Sunday, March 8
With generous support from the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation,
the museum is proud to present FREE 2nd SUNDAYS.
Admission and all activities are free.

Don’t miss New York Times best selling author Lisa See discussing her writing process, research, and how she gets inside the minds of her characters for such books as Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, and Dreams of Joy.

For more information and a list of activities, click here.



Museum Must Sees:


Through Sunday, May 31



Marilyn and Bruce Throckmorton Mezzanine

Palm Springs Art Museum

Photography by David Blank
Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold, a group of sculptures by the Chinese artist/provocateur. The installation consists of 12 gold gilded bronze heads – a rat, an ox, a tiger, a rabbit, a dragon, a snake, a horse, a sheep, a monkey, a rooster, a dog, and a pig – each a representative symbol from the Chinese zodiac. The heads measure between approximately 20 and 30 inches high and are based on twelve zodiac heads originally located at the Yuanming Yuan (Old Summer Palace), a monumental complex of gardens and palaces northeast of Beijing that was destroyed by fire in October of 1860 by British and French troops. Ai Weiwei has attempted to recreate a set of zodiac heads that were once part of an ornate clock and fountain on the grounds of the destroyed Summer Palace. The original heads had been made by Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1766), an Italian Jesuit who, while living in China executed a number of commissions for the Chinese emperor in the 18th century. Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold is a work about freedom of imagination and the persistence of ideas. The heads display some striking stylistic discontinuities. To learn more click here.

Through Sunday, March 29

Marks Graphics Center, Palm Springs Art Museum

Palm Springs Art Museum is pleased to feature an exhibition of artist Jennifer Karady, who has developed a series of photographs that relate the experiences of U.S. veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan while making evident the human cost of their service to our country.

Karady’s narrative photographs begin with personal histories gleaned through an extensive interview process with the soldiers and their families. Her images capture the conditions of warfare that fighting an insurgency has created through dramatic portraits that reveal the psychological moments when war memories and everyday civilian life collide. The text that accompanies each photograph is derived directly from the words of the soldiers themselves. Click here to learn more.

Jennifer Karady, Staff Sergeant Kyle Winjum, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, U.S. Marine Corps, veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, with fellow Marines; Twentynine Palms, CA, April 2014, Fujiflex Super Glossy optical c-print, FromIn Country: Soldiers’ Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan, © Jennifer Karady, photograph commissioned for Palm Springs Art Museum by the Photography Collection Council.


Kaplan/Ostergaard Glass Center
Through Sunday, November 1
Denney Western American Art Wing, Palm Springs Art Museum


This exhibition presents a wide variety of glass sculptures and techniques ranging from casting to glass blowing and other creative methods. In content and meaning, diverse styles and subjects range from the narrative and figurative to the natural world and the exploration of color in space.

The installation brings together works by renowned international artists who have contributed to the development of contemporary glass art in major centers throughout the world. To read more click here.

Installation view, Kaplan/Ostergaard Glass Center, Denney Western American Art Wing



Through Sunday, May 3


Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, The Galen

Using the diverse aesthetic traditions of portraiture as points of departure, this exhibition explores the representational power of photography from its origins in the nineteenth century to its digital forms in the present. Drawing from the museum’s permanent collection as well as on loan from artists and private collectors,Personalities emphasizes the unique characteristics of the photographic image to shape both the identity of a photographed sitter and a viewer’s sense of a subject’s persona. This exhibition examines how the careful art of the portrait can dive deeply into an individual’s soul, but can also be manipulated to create personalities that exist beyond the realm of the real. To read more click here.

Ike Ude, Sartorial Anarchy #5, 2013, pigment on satin paper, on loan courtesy of the artist (c) Ike Ude













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