Palm Springs Modern: Architecture and Design in the Sun
In the 1990’s Palm Springs experienced a surge economically and in reputation after the restoration of significant houses, such as the Kaufmann House by Richard Neutra and other Mid-Century architects. In her richly, illustrated talk, Sidney Williams reveals how the work of Mid-Century Modern architects and its appreciation led to Palm Springs being recognized as an epicenter of modern architecture. These architects, also including A. Quincy Jones, Albert Frey, William Cody, E. Steward Williams, Donald Wexler and William Krisel built a wide variety of buildings – from residences, banks, schools, and civic buildings to gas stations – they left their legacy and design expertise on the desert community.
Sidney Williams was the curator of architecture and design at the Palm Springs Art Museum from 2003 to 2016. She was the founding curator of the Architecture and Design Center after an historic rehabilitation of a 1961 bank building in which the Center opened in 2014. Currently, she is active in the Palm Springs Architectural Alliance that focuses on fostering the legacy of Palm Springs’s architectural excellence into the future. A member of the City of Palm Springs Historic Site Preservation Board for six years, Sidney served three years as chair. As a board member of Modernism Week for eight years, she was part of the team who developed and produced the multi-faceted programming. Sidney is the recipient of numerous awards in the areas of architecture, preservation and Mid-Century Modern design.
Image: Albert Frey, Frey House II, 1963-64.
Institution or Organization name - American Decorative Arts Forum