Is Modernism Week Palm Springs On This Year?

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Must See virtual events available NOW for Mid-Century Modern fans

I am such a huge mid-century modern fan and each year it is my pleasure to report on the exciting Modernism Week in Palm Springs happening for the past 15 years.

From my personal collection - 40"w x 50"h - Wall Mirror sculpture - Robot Monster - Artist "Mitchel Zwick" 1998
Robot Monster

Mid Mod fans will enjoy “yesterday’s tomorrow” futuristic stylings, as well as, significant art and architecture from the 1950s and 60s.  It’s a fun, cool, zany style with a serious designer’s edge.

This is a wildly popular event bringing thousands to the  Sonoran Desert of southern California for this Modernism extravaganza.

Modernism Week Palm Springs - Courtesy of Modernism - Modernism Week starts Oct 15, 2020The public’s infatuation with Mid-century modern style & this Palm Desert event is growing more and more each year. 

A 30% increase in Feb 2020 with 162,000 attending and 375 scheduled events.

However, this year Modernism Week in Palm Springs will be held online on Feb. 11-21, 2021.  It will be virtual  (of course) due to covid 19.  

But,  you can get the fun started right away with 5 highlights of the Fall preview that you can watch THIS WEEK  starting Thursday, October 15th, 2020. 

These virtual programs are available for purchase at  ( FYI – I do not make referral or ad fees from this promotion )

They include a cornucopia of home tours, talks, and parties,  including a “Happy Hour” which is a big hit at the LIVE events.

Here you go guys – Here are the 5 Highlights coming up this week:

Palm Springs Modernism Week Signature Home Tour Video Series ($35)

You get a 70-minute video tour of 5 notable homes. Interior, exterior grounds, and gardens.

(Below is a preview only)


Charles Phoenix Virtual Tour of Palm Springsland ($35)

You get a 40-minute virtual tour with American pop culture humorist Charles Phoenix on

show & tell of Palm Springs landmarks and architecture.  Wild & Crazy guy!!

(Below is a preview only)


Fast Forward: Designing the Future of Palm Springs ($25)

The Palm Springs Architecture Alliance seek answers to challenges of future

development and preservation options for the city.

(Below is a preview only)


Mod With A Twist ($15)

Infotainment – Five 10 minute short chats on informative and entertaining Mid-century culture.

(Below is a preview only)


Live From the Zoom Zoom Room ($5)

Virtual Happy Hour – modernism mixology, architecture trivia, stories, and surprises.

(Below is a preview only)


Lisa Vossler Smith is Modernism Week’s executive director and her commitment this year is:


We want to bring the best of Palm Springs and the best of modern design around the country and internationally to our online programming – Lisa Vossler Smith

I think it is important to note Modernism Week’s mission statement:

We celebrate and foster appreciation of midcentury architecture and design, as well as contemporary thinking in these fields, by encouraging education, preservation and sustainable modern living as represented in the greater Palm Springs area. – Modernism Week

Well, that’s about it gang! Wanted to make you aware of something fun to do, that you may not have been aware of.  So important these days being hunkered down so long.

"Moonlight Magic is a Phoenix-based lounge combo playing instrumental '60s-style exotica, bossa nova, samba and lounge music.Courtesy Moonlight Magic band - Facebook page
Moonlight Magic

Final note: 21st Century modernism has taken hold in other parts of the Western United States, as well.

For instance, Denver and Phoenix have their own Mid Mod movements.

They include preservation architecture, art, and design plus a kicky ultra lounge / retro music. Cool!

SEE:  Moonlight Magic band from Phoenix AZ featuring our friend Steve Asetta (sax man extraordinaire)




Modernism Week – Get Tickets Here


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