At the end of May I took myself on a trip to Palm Springs. I wanted to see an exhibit of new and curated work by one of my favorite artists, Andrea Zittel, and spend time in the desert. I never thought of myself as a desert person. I love being near water. But, I ventured to Joshua Tree National Park toting a couple of bottled waters, a carton of OJ and a boxed lunch from the visitor center cafe. I went on two hour long nature walks that were just amazing, had a picnic lunch and ended my visit at Keys Point which gave me a clear and wondrous view of the entire Coachella Valley. The desert is magical and quiet and weird.
Back in Palm Springs I couldn't wait to go to the Architecture & Design Center, which is a satellite of the Palm Springs Art Museum, located in a lovingly restored 1961 Santa Fe Federal Savings & Loan bank designed by the architect E. Stewart Williams. When I arrived, the staff enthusiastically pointed out the original doors and door pulls of the bank, the terrazzo floors, the shade screens on the front of the building that could move with the sun, and the bank vault re-purposed as the gift shop. It is an amazing space and I thought it provided a perfect venue for Ms. Zittel's aggregated stacks, and her curated selection of textiles, fabrics, and weavings from the Museum's collection.
The trip was so very artistically inspiring and gave me a chance to learn more about mid-century modernism, be in the desert, be by myself, and listen clearly to the thoughts swirling around in my head. I would love to go back again for Modernism Week!