An insightful series of 30 lectures and films will debut at Modernism Week in Palm Springs over February 11 to 21, spotlighting midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture. The Annenberg Theater, inside the Palm Springs Art Museum, will host the lecture and film series, with eight-ticket package deals available throughout the festival, including “A Day With Herman Miller,” on February 16, and “An Afternoon With Mad Men,” on February 18, among others.
Lecture packages include “Ticket to Havana! Cuba Modern,” on February 13, and “Iconic Houses, Film and Preservation,” on February 14; the world debut of “Desert Maverick: The Singular Architecture of William F. Cody” will take place February 13, while the premiere screening of the re-mastered film “William Krisel, Architect” will happen on February 15.
A Mad Men–inspired lecture series will take place February 18; courtesy of Lionsgate
“Modernism Week is a perfect venue to celebrate midcentury architecture and design,” said Chris Hacker, Herman Miller vice president and creative director for the Herman Miller Collection. “Sponsoring the lecture and film series at Modernism Week allows us to share our passion for design and culture with an enthusiastic audience. We are especially pleased to share the stories that have shaped our design history through the Threads and Archives sessions.”
Herman Miller and Modernism Week share the following highlights:
On February 15, the six-lecture series, “A Day With Herman Miller,” begins with “Threads: Herman Miller Stories,” an interactive presentation that shares insider stories of the people, products and events behind the 110-year-old company. The husband-and-wife design team of Charles and Ray Eames is the focus of “An Eames Anthology: Surprises and New Insights,” presented by Eames scholar Daniel Ostroff. The long and prolific career of design pioneer George Nelson will be discussed during “The Many Lives of George Nelson,” and Amy Auscherman, Herman Miller’s archivist, will take you behind the scenes with “From the Vault: The Herman Miller Archives.”
Closing the day is “Daughters of Design,” a very special conversation with the daughters of design legends Eero Saarinen and Harry Bertoia and the granddaughter of Charles Eames. In a conversation moderated by Design Within Reach, these descendants of design icons will give an entertaining presentation filled with stories, family photos and memorabilia. A cocktail reception (ticketed separately) will follow at a 1957 Donald Wexler–designed home.
On February 18, “An Afternoon With Mad Men” offers three opportunities to spend time with the creative team of the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning television series. Meet set decorator Claudette Didul and property master Ellen Freund at “Mad Men’s Set-Design Team Takes Us Behind the Scenes,” and learn about their attention to period detail that captivated millions of viewers and set trends.
Next, Trina Turk will examine the memorable and influential costumes of the Mad Men cast and their importance to the characters’ personalities, in “Mad Men Costume Design With Mad Men’s Megan Draper, Jessica Paré, and Trina Turk.” Finally, get into the details that made the show a cultural phenomenon, at “Mad Men Creator Matthew Weiner and His Creative Team on Costumes, Sets and the Making of the Show,” a panel presentation moderated by NPR journalist and KCRW host Madeleine Brand.
Modernism Week will conclude its Mad Men celebration with an incredibly stylish party set in one of the most stunning 1960s residences in Palm Springs. Mingle with Matthew Weiner and his team at “Mad Men Affair at the Abernathy House,” a poolside soiree in a gorgeous pavilion-style house designed in 1962 by desert modernist architect William Cody.