Modernism Week Offers New and Encore Programs During April Online Experience

Courtesy of Shelly Kappe

Modernism Week, currently running through April 18 in Palm Springs, California, will also offer online programs starting on April 15. Online programs will be viewable through May 31. These programs include compelling presentations, video tours and films, and are in addition to the in-person programs already available on the Modernism Week website. Additional information may be found at

We are delighted to offer this online programming to the worldwide Modernism Week audience. These new and encore programs offer the same high-quality experiences that our in-person events provide. We hope this will inspire people to attend our future festivals.

Lisa Vossler Smith, Executive Director of Modernism Week

The April Modernism Week Online Experience will feature eight premiere video programs that have never been presented before.

There are three virtual tour videos. Two are of the two Modernism Week Featured Homes being shown during Modernism Week and the remaining video includes two Desert Modernism homes.

Modernism Week Featured Home: “Seventies Sackley”
$15 (14 min)
Be inspired by the seamless blend of contemporary furnishings and vintage pieces on display at the “Seventies Sackley” in Indian Canyons on this designer-led virtual architectural home tour.

Modernism Week Featured Home: “Sunburst Palms”
$15 (24 min)
Virtually tour H3K Design’s latest renovation of a 1956 Lawrence Lapham property to enjoy and be inspired by their fun-filled and colorful take on classic midcentury modern design.

Desert Modernism: Two Perspectives Virtual Tour – Kappe and Lockyer
$25 (20 minutes)
Discover the inspiration behind the design. Narrated by architects Finn Kappe and Sean Lockyer, the tour will guide you through the Raymond Kappe House and Lockyer’s Lot 50 in Desert Palisades.

Two captivating talks are also being offered as video programs:

Charles Phoenix: Pools, Patios & BBQs
$35 (62 minutes)
Charles Phoenix provides an entertaining and nostalgic look at vintage backyard culture from the 1950s and 60s.

Poolside Gossip: More Than a Photograph
$25 (40 min)
Nelda Linsk, the ‘lady in yellow’ in society photographer Slim Aarons’ “Poolside Gossip”, reminisces about 1960s Palm Springs.

Two exciting films have been added:

Levels of Kappe
$25 (35 min)
An exciting visual presentation that explores architect Ray Kappe’s history and provides a virtual tour of three Los Angeles area residences Kappe designed in the 1970s.

The Gene Leedy Influence – Sarasota School of Architecture
$10 (23 minutes)
A personal and informative film by architect Max Strang highlighting the career of Gene Leedy, an icon of the famed Sarasota School of Architecture, and Strang’s restoration of Leedy’s 1956 home.

A special program has also been offered:

Home Movie Day, Palm Springs…
$15 (43 minutes)
Experts share vintage home movies shot in and around the region featuring rare Palm Springs footage. Learn about home movies and enjoy the local sights and lively audio commentary.

Encore Programs:

In addition, Modernism Week will provide encore screenings for some of the most viewed video programs from previous Online Experiences. The popular Signature Home Tour programs will return, with a new two-home program added. In addition, the Edris House segment from Signature Home Tour 1 is also being offered for free on the Modernism Week web site for a limited time. Other Signature Home Tour videos include:

Modernism Week Signature Home Tour Video Series Duo
$15 (32 min)
Step inside two of Palm Springs most significant and architectural homes with host Maureen Erbe. Meet the homeowners – one from each series – and see what makes Palm Springs desert architecture and lifestyle unique.

Modernism Week Signature Home Tour Video Series No. 1
$35 (70 min)
Step inside five of Palm Springs most significant and architectural homes with host Maureen Erbe. Meet the homeowners and other special guests and experience these unique homes.

Modernism Week Signature Home Tour Video Series No. 2
$35 (70 min)   
Step inside five of Palm Springs most significant and architectural homes with host Maureen Erbe. Meet the homeowners and other special guests and see what makes Palm Springs desert architecture and lifestyle unique.

Two encore driving tours are also being offered:

Architectural Driving Tour of Palm Springs
$35 (45 minutes)
A fun and informative “top down” architectural tour of Palm Springs from a 1966 convertible Mustang. Get a sneak peek inside a few of the best MCM homes in town!

Charles Phoenix Virtual Tour of “Palm Springsland” (2020)
$35 (62 minutes)
“Mecca of Midcentury” Video Tour of Palm Springs landmarks and epic architecture with pop culture expert Charles Phoenix.

This popular encore talk is also being offered:

The Desert Modernists Video Series with Alan Hess
$35 (45 min)
Learn more about the Desert Modern architecture and the renowned architects who envisioned midcentury Palm Springs. Presented by Alan Hess.

Some encore programming that was wildly popular has now been grouped together into a package.  For $30, viewers may enjoy six previously-shown Modernism Week Online Experience programs, including “Edith Farnsworth, Mies van der Rohe and Their Masterpiece – A Conversation at the Farnsworth House,” “Hollywood Revisited: Original Classic Hollywood Costumes and Musical Extravaganza,” “Modern In The Middle: Chicago Houses 1929-1975,” “Philip Johnson – a Visual Biography’ and the Glass House,” “Regarding Paul R. Williams with Photographer Janna Ireland,” and “Tour of Tony Duquette’s Dawnridge Estate with Hutton Wilkinson.”

The Online Experience programs will be on sale from April 15 through May 15, and programs may be viewed through May 31.

Click here for Online Experience tickets, details, and more.