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Palm Springs Art Museum

101 Museum Drive

Palm Springs, CA 92263



Palm Springs Art Museum – Palm Desert

72567 HWY 111

Palm Desert, CA 92260


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Saturday & Sunday from 10am – 5pm




Current Exhibitions

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Insights into Architecture

This exhibition is inspired by Ezra Stoller (1915-2004), a student of both architecture and industrial design, who began his career as a photographer in the late 1930s. His 1939 World’s Fair, Finnish Pavilion, Queens, New York, designed by Alvar Aalto, launched his career and his recognition as an acute observer of space and form. His photographs of work by architects Frank Lloyd Wright, Eero Saarinen, Louis Kahn, and Marcel Breuer demonstrate his finely tuned sensitivity to light and shadow, translucency and solid form. Each of Stoller’s photographs is a study of the architect’s expression of modern architecture, as crisp as the buildings themselves.

Stoller’s career spanned the arc of modern architecture from the late 1930s to the 1970s and through his published photographs the public learned about important buildings from New York to California. The examples on view are gifts of Dr. J. Patrick and Patricia A. Kennedy. Additional photographs by other architectural photographers in our permanent collection will accompany this exhibition.

This exhibition is organized by the Palm Springs Art Museum.

– See more at: http://www.psmuseum.org/palm-springs/exhibition/insights-architecture/#sthash.ph2Moo5c.dpuf


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Roger Ballen Photography

Originally born and raised in New York City, Roger Ballen has lived in South Africa since receiving his Ph.D. in Mineral Economics in 1981. Initially his work as a geologist took him to the country’s rural communities. Fascinated by the uncertain and precarious conditions he found, he began photographing people in small towns at the margins of society. Ballen documented these residents through a series of unsettling portraits that reveal the human condition even as his subjects exhibit idiosyncratic manners and habits.

Recognizing the potential for psychological tension in the emotional responses evoked by his images, Ballen shifted away from a traditional social documentary approach. In the 1990s he began introducing unexpected elements into the setting of his portraits, juxtaposing his subjects with animals, broken furnishings, discarded objects, wires, and wall drawings to create surreal images that are simultaneously real and fictional. The resulting photographs suggest narrative tableaux drawn from a theater of the absurd to produce disturbing scenarios.

Increasingly, Ballen’s images exploit the shallow space between a constructed backdrop and the camera in a way that is immediate and confrontational. However, the overall effect is less aggressive than intimate and challenging. Formally, these photographs eliminate the distinction between background and foreground, organizing what appears to be a chaotic jumble of parts—human, animal, and inanimate—into an abstract field of psychological associations. In them viewers encounter their own assumptions about reality and the existential enigma of the human condition.

This installation offers a select group of the artist’s iconic photographs presented in conjunction with his participation in the annual Palm Springs Photography Festival for 2013.

This exhibition is organized by Palm Springs Art Museum.

– See more at: http://www.psmuseum.org/palm-springs/exhibition/roger-ballen-photography/#sthash.gsYckvlN.dpuf


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Rauschenberg at Gemini

From 1967 through 2001, Robert Rauschenberg produced more than 250 different prints at Gemini G.E.L. Rauschenberg transformed what a “print” multiple was, not only in scale, but in how variable one print in a single edition could be from another; in how many physical dimensions it could have; in how many media a single multiple could involve; and in how the viewer could interact with the multiple and make it different. No other artist has pushed the boundaries of “printmaking” as much as Rauschenberg.

The exhibition features 51 artworks plus more than 20 photographs of Rauschenberg at work at Gemini. His most famous prints, print series, and multiples are included such as Booster, the artist’s famous X-ray self-portrait and his first print at Gemini. Monumental lithographs from the Stoned Moon series, based on the American Apollo Moon exploration program are represented. His innovative Cardbird Door prints from his two handmade paper series in the 1970s, as well as his three-dimensional editionsPubliconsSling-Shots Lit series, and Borealis Shares series are included.

A number of Rauschenberg’s prints were made with the assistance of Gemini staff in France, India, and China. And several series were inspired by his travels in connection with the internationally groundbreaking Rauschenberg Overseas Cultural Interchange that the artist initiated, including the Tibetan Keys and LocksSamarkand Stitches, and Marrakesh series. The artist often made prints for political or environmental causes, and his lithograph for the first Earth Day in 1970 is included. Finally, a number of prints in the exhibition employ the artist’s photographs of Los Angeles.

The exhibition features 51 works plus more than 20 photos of Rauschenberg at work at Gemini. An extensive color-illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition, and includes an essay by Curator, Jay Belloli, on Rauschenberg’s work at Gemini G.E.L.

 The exhibition was organized by the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena. Exhibition tour management by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles.

The Palm Springs Art Museum presentation is funded in part by the museum’s Contemporary Art Council, Annette Bloch, and the Terra Foundation for American Art on behalf of board member, Gloria Scoby, with additional support from Barbara and Jerry Keller.

Art © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Gemini G.E.L./Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY/Published by Gemini G.E.L

The exhibition opening panel discussion featuring exhibition curator Jay Belloli, Gemini G.E.L. Co-founder and Co-director Sidney B. Felsen and Gemini Master Printer James Reid can be viewed by clicking here:


– See more at: http://www.psmuseum.org/palm-springs/exhibition/rauschenberg-gemini/#sthash.6neGb0s0.dpuf



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