Inside the Online Experience: Desert Modernists

A roadmap to experiencing all of the programs that feature the architects who envisioned Midcentury Modern Palm Springs.

Modernism Week is taking viewers on an online adventure this year! Viewers will have a full month to check out all the programs that will be streaming online, on-demand. We’ll be issuing weekly guides throughout the month to help virtually visiting modernistas navigate the Online Experience.

First up, here’s a round-up of all the programs that focus on iconic Desert Modernists.

The Desert Modernists Video Series with Alan Hess | $45 | 45 min.

Learn more about the Desert Modern architecture and the renowned architects who envisioned midcentury Palm Springs. Presented by Alan Hess.

Albert Frey, the 1931 Aluminaire House and Palm Springs – The Story | $15 | 45 min.

In 2021, the 1931 Aluminaire House will be reconstructed on the grounds of the Palm Springs Art Museum. This film tells the story the story of Aluminaire from start to finish.

Film: “Frey: Part I – The Architectural Envoy” | $10 | 60 min.

Frey: Part 1 – The Architectural Envoy world premiere was screened at Modernism Week 2018. A film to be sure to see, even if for a 2nd or 3rd time!

Film: “Frey: Part II – The Architectural Interpreter” | $10 | 87 min.

Frey: Part II – The Architectural Interpreter World Premiere was screened at Modernism Week 2020. The second of a 2 part series produced by Design Onscreen, this film explores Albert’s life after leaving New York City.

Film: “Neutra – Survival Through Design” | $15 | 100 min.

The world premiere of Neutra – Survival Through Design was screened during Modernism Week 2019. A feature documentary into the life, times and legacy of Austrian/American architect, Richard Neutra.

Regarding Paul R. Williams with Photographer Janna Ireland | $15 | 40 min.

Photographer Janna Ireland and architectural historian Alan Hess in conversation about African American architect Paul R. Williams and how her photography provides a fresh look at his work.

Mr. Modernism’s Neighborhood: Exploring The Archives at USModernist.org | $10 | 25 min.

USModernist.org is America’s largest open digital archive for midcentury Modernism. Executive Director George Smart , takes you on a tour. Each viewing directly supports the work of USModernist.org. 

Architectural Driving Tour of Palm Springs | $45 | 45 min.

If you’re new to Desert Modernism, this driving tour is the perfect way to soak in a ton of knowledge in an efficient span of time! Join our experienced guide as we step inside some of the most beautiful and exclusive homes designed by the Desert Modernist architects who lived and worked in Palm Springs.


Click here to view the full Modernism Week Online Experience program, streaming February 1-28, 2021.

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