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Modernism Week is an annual event held in Palm Springs, California, that celebrates the mid-century modern design and architecture of the 1950s and 1960s. The event, which typically takes place in February, offers a variety of activities, including home tours, lectures, exhibitions, and parties, that showcase the best of modernist design and culture.

Modernism Week 2019, held from February 14 to 24, was the 14th edition of the event and was the largest to date, with more than 350 events and over 100,000 attendees. The theme of the event was “Celebrating Art, Architecture & Design,” and it featured a wide range of programs and activities that explored the intersection of these disciplines.

One of the highlights of Modernism Week 2019 was the home tours, which offered visitors a chance to explore some of the most iconic examples of mid-century modern architecture in the Palm Springs area. These tours included visits to private residences designed by architects such as Richard Neutra, William Krisel, and Albert Frey, as well as guided tours of public buildings like the Palm Springs City Hall and the Tramway Gas Station.

Another popular feature of Modernism Week 2019 was the series of lectures and talks given by leading architects, designers, and historians. These presentations covered a wide range of topics, from the history of mid-century modernism to the latest trends in contemporary design. Speakers included luminaries such as Richard Saul Wurman, the founder of the TED conference, and renowned architectural historian Alan Hess.

In addition to these more formal events, Modernism Week 2019 also offered a range of more casual activities, such as cocktail parties, film screenings, and musical performances. These events provided an opportunity for attendees to mingle with fellow enthusiasts of mid-century modern design and to experience the vibrant cultural scene of Palm Springs.

Overall, Modernism Week 2019 was a resounding success, drawing visitors from around the world to celebrate the enduring legacy of mid-century modernism. With its engaging mix of home tours, lectures, exhibitions, and social events, the event showcased the best of modernist design and culture, and highlighted the ongoing relevance and appeal of this iconic aesthetic.

 

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