The desert is a great place to be right now.  And no, obviously I’m not referring to the weather – I’m talking in terms of art.

There are opportunities to see top notch art collections from across the world, across genres and across the Coachella Valley for free!

  All you have to know is where to look.

So just scroll down.  It’s easy peasy.


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FREE Friday Film Series

Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert
The Galen and the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden

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Friday, September 4, 5:30 p.m.

How do contemporary artists address contradiction, ambiguity, and truth? The Art in the Twenty-First Century documentary Paradox explores these questions in the work of the artists Allora & Calzadilla, Mark Bradford, Robert Ryman, and Catherine Sullivan. Click here to read more.


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Friday, September 11, 5:30 p.m.

Might a work of art move us to temper our more destructive impulses? In what ways do artists’ feelings of empathy contribute to works that tackle problematic subjects and address the human condition? The Art in the Twenty-First Century documentary Compassion explores these questions in the work of the artists William Kentridge, Doris Salcedo, and Carrie Mae Weems. Click here to read more.



Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert,
The Galen and the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden

Drawing on Palm Springs Art Museum’s permanent collection and selective loans, the exhibition looks beyond the classical definition of a still life and explores why the still life continues to be a significant vehicle of expression. Through paintings, sculptures, photography, prints, and objects, the exhibition identifies the powerful associational value of time, place, or occurrence to encourage meaningful encounters with everyday objects and transpiring visual images. To learn more click here.
Bruce Cohen, Untitled (Interior with Violin and Anemones), 2001, oil on canvas, Museum purchase with funds from the Mr. and Mrs. Will Richeson Jr. Acquisition Fund, the Lucia Anderson Halsey Acquisition Fund and the Dr. Farel Rosenberg Acquisition Fund, (c) Bruce Cohen
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Palm Springs Art Museum

Free Admission Every Thursday4-8 p.m.

“Thank You to the City of Palm Springs
Get family and friends together for a Thursday night on the town. Grab something to eat, take in exhibitions and the permanent collections at Palm Springs Art Museum, then walk over to the new Architecture and Design Center. End the evening with a little shopping at Village Fest. There is something for everyone.

Free Thursday admission to both the museum and A+D Center from 4-8 p.m. is made possible through the continued, generous support from the City of Palm Springs, for which we say THANK YOU.”



FREE Admission for Bank of America

and Merrill Lynch Customers

Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6

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.

Both Sides Now: Robert Heinecken Photograms

Through Sunday, October 11
Jorgensen Gallery, Palm Springs Art Museum

Robert Heinecken (American, 1931-2006) was a pioneer in the exploration of media iconography as cultural critique. The Recto/Verso photograms (1989) are made without the use of camera or film. A single page is appropriated from a mass-circulation magazine, placed in direct contact with color photographic paper, and exposed to light. The resulting image superimposes the visual and verbal information from the front (recto) and back (verso) of the magazine page. No collage, manipulation, or other handwork is employed. To learn more and see more images, click here.

Robert Heinecken, Recto/Verso #7 (from the portfolio Recto/Verso), 1989, Cibachrome photogram, edition 25/50, Collection of Palm Springs Art Museum, gift of Jerome and Elaine Morgan, (c) The Robert Heinecken Foundation, Chicago.
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FREE Admission after October 1st!!

Palm Springs Art Museum – Architecture + Design Center
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Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion announced today that beginning October 1 visitors will have free admission every day. A donor who wishes to remain anonymous agreed to underwrite admission fees for the next two seasons, providing all visitors complimentary access through July of 2017.
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