2021 marked the 70th birthday of the recently renamed Edith Farnsworth House and 2023 marks the 20th anniversary of its opening to the public under the ownership of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. To mark these occasions, the world-famous Farnsworth House has rebranded and refocused on a broader mission and vision that embraces Midcentury Modern design, design history, nature and the fascinating stories behind the house and its ongoing influence on modern design.
In an age of short attention spans and sound-byte “culture,” visitors and advocates are seeking out longer-form narratives and deeper engagement with the places and people whose stories have been suppressed or overlooked. With a full docket of exhibitions, programs and events, the Edith Farnsworth House is seeking newfound relevance, resonance, and relationships with the preservationists of tomorrow. Through the overlapping lenses of architecture, design, nature, history, the arts and humanities, this particular glass house (arguably one of the world’s first and most influential) is inviting new and diverse perspectives on the celebrated histories, evolving legacies and emerging visions of modernism.
The familiar tale of client vs architect has been retold from Edith’s perspective and the often-publicized cyclical flooding of the house is now discussed within a larger context of climate change, conservation stewardship and historic preservation. edithfarnsworthhouse.org
Presented by Edith Farnsworth House Executive Director and Curator, Scott Mehaffey.
This event qualifies for 1 AIA/CES Learning Units (LU).
Things to Know
This event is for ages 12 and older.
Local covid restrictions in effect at the time of the presentation will be respected.
The entrance to the Annenberg Theater is located behind the Annenberg Theater Box Office, adjacent to the Palm Springs Art Museum's North Parking Lot.
Ample free public parking is available in the multi-level public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.
Event Check-in Location
CAMP Theater, 285 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Photo Credits: Courtesy Edith Farnsworth House
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