After more than a year without the signature events that bring thousands of visitors to the Coachella Valley, Modernism Week starts Thursday with a series of in-person home tours and events. Tickets are still available for select home tours and shows.
Modernism Week 2021 runs through April 18. The annual festival, which focuses on mid-century modern architecture and design is typically held in February, but was pushed back this year due to COVID-19.
“Our board has been very closely monitoring the health and safety situation, and we were thrilled to not have to cancel completely. Being able to reschedule to April gave us this opportunity to wait a little longer for things to improve, which they have,” Modernism Week Executive Director Lisa Vossler Smith said.
This year’s event will include in-person tours and live events, as well as new virtual programming. All attendees are required to wear masks and adhere to social distancing precautions at in-person events. The home tours will be at reduced capacities of approximately 30 to 40 people per time slot at each property, and docents inside the homes will make sure that people keep their distance and don’t touch anything.
Instead of printed schedules and brochures, attendees can scan QR phones on their phones for information.
Here are a few of the events with tickets still available:
Tickets are available for 30-minute, self-guided tours of two featured homes:
- “Seventies Sackley”: This Indian Canyons home showcases H3K Design’s renovation of a 1956 Lawrence Lapham property in Deepwell Estates. You can purchase $35 tickets for tours April 9-12 and 15-18.
- “Sunburst Palms”: This 1975 Indian Canyons residence designed by architect Stan Sackley features a blend of contemporary furniture and vintage pieces. You can purchase $35 tickets for tours April 11-12 and 15-18.
A couple of other homes are also up for viewing:
- Desert Modernism – Kappe and Lockyer: Purchasing one ticket to this one-hour tour gets you into two homes. You can check out Raymond Kappe’s final project, furnished by Modern Hacienda in partnership with Herman Miller and Carl Hansen & Son, and also traipse around a recently completed Desert Palisades project by Sean Lockyer, the founding principal and lead architect for AR&D architects. You can purchase $60 tickets for tours April 8-18.
- The Lautner Compound: This one-hour tour takes you around architect John Lautner’s living units at The Lautner Compound in Desert Hot Springs. The units were commissioned by renowned Hollywood producer Lucien Hubbard in 1947, according to Modernism Week. You can purchase $50 tickets for tours April 9-11 and 16-18.
Lectures and shows
You can still grab tickets for a variety of lectures and shows:
- Mod with a Twist: You can take your pick of two nightly shows where experts offer a “deep dive into some of the more obscure topics about the mid-century,” according to organizers. Presenters include Richard and Debra Hovel, Jay Zaltzman and Kurt Cyr. The 90-minute shows happen at 5:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. You can purchase $55 tickets for shows April 10, 16, and 17.
- Fins and Tails – Classic private car collection: Peruse a collection of restored, privately owned American and European cars at the MonSTORE Garage in Palm Springs. “Come and view these beauties in person while enjoying a morning mimosa,” organizers said of the 30-minute tour. You can purchase $25 tickets for April 12.
- A Curated Collection: Vintage apparel, jewelry and accessories will be on display outdoors at Temple Isaiah, featuring designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and Dior, according to Modernism Week. You can purchase $15 tickets for April 17.
- Viva Las Vegas!: Sin City is the focus of these vintage movie clips and a slide show spanning the early 1900s through the ’70s at this presentation by historian and author Peter Moruzzi and PS ModCom president Courtney Newman. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs to this outdoor event, which will last nearly two hours, at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. You can purchase $35 tickets for April 15.
Food and drink
One culinary event still has slots available:
- Noir – A dark and sultry dinner event: PS Underground hosts this four-course dinner at socially distanced outdoor tables featuring a three-hour “story of love, jealousy and regret.” Drinks are included with your ticket, and “the dress is black and white with shades of grey.” You can purchase $150 tickets for dinners April 12-14.
Desert Sun editor Kristin Scharkey and reporter Erin Rode contributed to this story.