What’s New for Modernism Week 2022: Featured Talks

Learn from today’s leading luminaries during Modernism Week 2022.

Courtesy of Charles Phoenix

Each year, we are honored to welcome the best and brightest minds in design. Next year, Modernism Week will feature several new talks highlighting the people, places, and ideas influenced by midcentury modern design.


MAD Architects in the U.S. (2/20, $15)
Founded in Beijing by Ma Yansong in 2004, MAD Architects is a global firm exploring a type of ‘dream architecture’ that opens up a dialogue with nature. It is committed to creating a vision for our future cities that is based on the spiritual and emotional needs of its inhabitants. Their new work in the U.S. is unlike any other – they want to be not only an architecture firm but a driver for human wellbeing and reconnection to nature.

MAD Architects: Global Works (2/21, $15)
Dixon Lu, Head of Operations for MAD’s Beijing office and overseeing MAD’s Los Angeles office and overall strategy in North and South America will discuss the wide range of extraordinary projects MAD has designed across the world and demonstrate how their philosophy of “Shansui City” drives MAD’s approach in architecture.

Vera – The Art and Life of an Icon, with Susan Seid and Trina Turk (2/24, $18)
Vera Neumann, the innovator of cross-licensing, was the most successful female entrepreneur of her time and created the first true lifestyle brand. Susan Seid has been involved with the Vera brand since 2003. Seid will discuss Vera’s impact on the design world and follow the presentation with a lively conversation with fashion designer Trina Turk. An elegant sunset cocktail reception for a limited number of guests at Trina Turk’s historic Palm Springs home will be held that same evening. The reception requires a separately purchased ticket.

As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling (2/22, $20)
Rod Serling is best known for “The Twilight Zone,” but the life-lessons he taught his daughters are no less profound. Anne Serling provides new context for her father’s work, enabling attendees to view it with fresh eyes.

A Very Cool Shag Experience with Josh Agle (2/20, $18)
For the first time during Modernism Week there is a rare opportunity to get to know artist Josh Agle (Shag) better and hear how he developed his inimitable style recognized worldwide. A gift will be provided for all in attendance.

Mojave Modern, Sonoran Style with Alan Hess (2/26, $25)
Architect and historian Alan Hess will tell the story of Mojave and Sonoran desert architecture and how America’s desert southwest has contributed to modern architectural trends and major innovations.

Fabulous Florida in the 50s (2/19, $45 and $65)
Midcentury style/design expert Charles Phoenix will celebrate Florida in the 1950s and 60s in this engaging and entertaining talk.


Learn more about other Modernism Week 2022 highlights:


Modernism Week will be held in Palm Springs next February 17-27, 2022.

Preview the full schedule at modernismweek.com on October 22, 2021 at noon PDT.

Tickets will officially go on sale on November 1, 2021 at noon PDT.

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