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Frances Allen’s Desert Roundup—Palm Springs Art Museum Celebrates Its 80th Birthday At All Three Locations

Posted: Monday, June 25, 2018 – 12:13 PM

One of the jewels firmly affixed in the Desert’s cultural crown is the Palm Springs Art Museum, now reaching the milestone of its 80th anniversary with each of its three locations celebrating the event.

At the museum’s main campus in downtown Palm Springs, visitors can experience “Eighty @Eighty,” a genre-spanning exhibition that highlights recent acquisitions and gifts to the museum’s permanent collection, including American West, modern sculpture and design, 20th century photography, Native American ceramics and contemporary art. The works showcase a range of creative practices, from plein air paintings of the American West, bold modernist sculpture and architectural photography, to colorful design and glass objects.

If architecture is of interest, the museum has a separate freestanding building about a half-mile down the road from the main campus called the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris pavilion. Here, the featured exhibits blur the lines between design, craft, and sculpture.

Presently, the major exhibit is “In Conversation: Alma Allen and J.B. Blunk.” It’s a conversation between two artists who never met but whose work shares a deep affinity.

The third presence of the museum is in a Palm Desert, facility is known as The Galen named after the generous patron, Helene Galen, and the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden in honor of her major support.

“Journey Through the Desert – The Road Less Traveled” is the major summer exhibition at The Galen and features the spirit and natural beauty of the desert as seen through the lens of 19 American photographers.

The Palm Springs Art Museum is the largest cultural institution in the Coachella Valley and includes three locations. The main Museum and Architecture and Design Center are open at various times, dates, hours and prices, (sometimes free), while The Galen is always free of charge. For more information, call 760-322-4800.

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