Monday, January 2, 2012

The Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, California

The Palm Springs Art Museum is a lovely museum with some permanent collections, such as a selection of Modern and Contemporary Works, Contemporary Glass, Video Projects and Western and Native American Art.  Other collections are changed every few months, such as the  Blast from the Past, 60’s & 70;s Geometric Abstractions (which ended on December 23rd) and the Andrew Wyeth in Perspective which is still showing, until January 22nd. We were quite excited to see the Andrew Wyeth collection, so we went there on Thursday at 4pm, since the museum is FREE (sponsored by the City of Palm Springs) on Thursday, 4pm – 8pm. The collection was quite nice, and showed a variety of mediums, from watercolors to pencil sketches. 

Along with enjoying all of the collections at the museum, there was the occasional “interesting” piece of art, such as this ~ do you know which, if any, of the people are real?

And this – which “trash bag art” is from the museum? Which is not?

Along with the Andrew Wyeth collection, Night and Day: The Paintings of Lockwood de Forest was presented, and will be there until April 8th. Other upcoming showings:
• Backyard Oasis: The Swimming Pools in Southern California Photography, 1945-1982, January 21st – May 27th
• Michael Petry: The Touch of the Oracle, March 17th – July 29th.

The Palm Springs Art Museum hours are:
• Closed Mondays and major holidays (2012 holiday closure dates include: January 1, January 16, February 20, May 28, July 4 and September 3)
• Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
• Thursday 12 pm - 8 pm; 4-8 p.m. free admission sponsored by the City of Palm Springs
• Store, box office, and cafe open during Museum Hours
Prices are as follows:
• Free to members, and youths 12 and under
• $12.50 adults
• $10.50 seniors 62 and over
• $5.00 for students
• FREE for active duty military personnel and their families with I.D.
• Free public admission every Thursday from 4 - 8 pm during downtown Villagefest.
• FREE admission the second Sunday of every month

As the museum is free on Thursday, 4pm-8pm, it is nicely paired with a dinner out and Villagefest, which is how we enjoyed the museum three years ago when we took in an exhibit by Keith Haring.


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