A Design Lover’s Guide to Palm Springs
An art scene blooms in the desert beyond the walls of traditional museum spaces.
To fully appreciate creative expression in the Coachella Valley, you need to visit the local Chase Bank.
At 499 South Palm Canyon Drive sits the vision of famed architect E. Stewart Williams, one of the area’s greatest design champions. The structure, built in 1961, features inverted parabolic columns that reinvent traditional Greco-Roman pillars, a raised slab floor characteristic of the area’s modernist aesthetic. It’s a masterwork, but one that doesn’t hide behind a velvet rope. Tourists wander in and out, free both to marvel at the beams and to check their account balance.
So much of the wild, expressive art of Palm Springs is like this—a treat to discover, and frequently outside a traditional museum context. Here, exhibitions dot the desert landscapes, installations are humid and verdant, alive beneath greenhouse glass, and the art is something to revel in and explore.