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February 15, 2011


By Dispatch Departures | Travel


Palm Springs is always worth the trip, and especially so during Modernism Week, an annual lineup of events that celebrate mid-century art and design, with a special focus on local architects like E. Stewart Williams, Don Wexler, Bill Krisel and Albert Frey, whose residence, Frey II, temporarily opens for visits. Now in its sixth year, the festival is gaining in popularity: Last year's attendance was nearly double that of the one before. Among the panel discussions, gallery exhibits, screenings and lectures (there will be one from designer Trina Turk), the highlights of this year's event, held from February 17-27, include an exhibition of vintage Braniff Airlines uniforms by Pucci and Halston, architect-led private tours of renowned modernist homes—among them, Frank Sinatra's Twin Palm Estates, the George Randolph Hearst Estate and Sand Acre, where Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe hid out—and vintage car and Airstream shows. There will also be silent auctions, cocktail receptions at landmark buildings and a gala to benefit Modernism Week. modernismweek.com.

Photo Courtesy Palm Springs Art Museum