Mod day Mood: Modernism Museum

The MOD not Modest place to be

There have been many a photo taken and several articles written about the Modernism Museum prior to my visit yesterday.

The museum, which is fairly new to Palm Springs, was created by visionary artist, designer and friend Tracy Turco, so it was already obvious to me that it would be anything but mundane.

Warming up by the Fireplace. Early 70’s where mellow yellow and brown accents co exist in this eclectic environment.

Clearly, it is a fun place to visit with exceptional attention to detail showcasing all things mid-century Modern from the late 50s to the early 70s era.

The museum is not only for tourists or locals but will serve the community as a gathering place to socialize in an inspired atmosphere located in the heart of Palm Springs.  There’s a glittery disco roller rink at the back of the museum and a comfy colourful seating area which can be rented out for parties.  How much fun is that?

1950’s kitchens featured fiberglass, stainless steel and aluminum and done in yellow, turquoise, pink, mint green, and other colors like red, black + white.

This beauty salon contains vintage memorabilia as well as a hairdryer that Marion Davies sat under weekly in Hollywood when she was the mistress to William Randolph Hearst.

I took plenty more photos with my Samsung phone camera but think it best that you visit and take some yourself.  In a place like this it’s very easy to get carried away and therefore, give too much away.

Wouldn’t you like to take a bubble bath in this tub? Recreated from Playboy Bunny Jayne Mansfield’s pink bathtub. She liked pink champagne too.  The rest of the bedroom is an ode to Palm Springs designer Arthur Elrod, sporting his headboard and side tables, as well as Magda Gabor’s sconces, chandeliers and oil painting.  It also includes a table from the Trini Lopez estate, a few frocks that belonged to the Gabor sisters and some Schiaparelli keepsakes.

A replica of Elvis Presley’s boat

Let’s not forget the store where you can buy some fun stuff:

Photo of Paris Hilton by a pair of shoes Tracy designed for her (when she was Tracy Stern) although hers says “Heiress
Tracy doesn’t go “by the book” even though she’s on the cover of Palm Springs Life Magazine (hard cover version available in shop).
I couldn’t leave without having one more photo taken of myself in front of  the famous Racquet Club.

For hours, location and more info please visit:

https://www.psmodernismmuseum.com/

Mod about Palm Springs

Welcome to Modernism Week 2022!

Modernism Week officially begins today! From now through February 27, 2022, we’ll be celebrating all things midcentury modern and more, in Palm Springs and beyond.

Follow along on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter for 11 days of modernist fun. We’ll be sharing daily event highlights, important updates, and so much more.

For more information, visit modernismweek.com.

Look forward to touring some featured homes and maybe a party here and there.  Photos to follow.

Mod Monday Mood

The Next Best Thing to Being There…

Looking for something different to do this week?  Check out these streaming programs that take you into the private spaces and historic places that make Palm Springs a true “Mecca of Modernism.

Architectural Driving Tour of Palm Springs: a fun and informative “top down” architectural tour of Palm Springs from a 1966 convertible Mustang. Get a sneak peek inside a few of the best MCM homes in town! (45 min):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4VaTZdv1cM&feature=youtu.be

The popular video series returns with a brand-new edition, just for the Modernism Week Online Experience!

Come inside some of Palm Springs’ most significant homes. The video series will take you into *5 fabulous Palm Springs homes, where you will walk through the interiors, gardens and grounds and see what makes Palm Springs desert architecture and lifestyle unique. You’ll learn about important architectural and design details, unique furnishings and meet the homeowners or other special guests knowledgable about the property. Your host will be the curator of the selected homes, Modernism Week Board Member Maureen Erbe.

*The houses include The Morse Residence (by Hal Levitt, 1961), The Cahuilla Hills House by O’Donnell + Escalante (by Lance O’Donnell, 2009), The Southridge Glass House (by William Cody, 1963), Trina Turk’s Ship of the Desert (by Erle Webster and Adrian Wilson, 1936), and Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s Villa Grigio (by James McNaughton, 1963). Special thanks to presenting sponsor Dunn-Edwards.

The homes will be located in various neighborhoods in Palm Springs, all with unique architectural character and featuring a variety of architectural styles.

Thank you to our presenting sponsor Dunn-Edwards Paints.  Cost: $45 – A digital keepsake tour program is included with your ticket purchase.

The organizer of this program is Modernism Week. This program is streaming through March 31, 2021.

Check out the 53 minute sneak peek below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ySHDRXTHK8&feature=youtu.be

Previous Post on one of my Modernism home tours (a peek behind the hedges):

https://girlwhowouldbeking.com/2017/02/22/lifestyle-a-peek-behind-the-hedges/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AWay with Words – Quotes about Modernism.

By Modernism, I mean the positive rejection of the past and the blind belief in the process of change; in novelty for its own sake; in the idea that progress through time equates with cultural progress; in the cult of individuality, originality and self-expression.                          – Dan Cruickshank

Parker Palm Springs Hotel Lobby
Parker Palm Springs Hotel Lobby

Don’t bother about being modern. Unfortunately it is the one thing that, whatever you do, you cannot avoid.               – Salvador Dali

Modernity is the transient, the fleeting, the contingent; it is one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immovable. – Charles Baudelaire

Post-Modernism was a  reaction against modernism.  It came quite early to music and literature and a little later to architecture.  And I think it’s still coming to computer science. – Larry Wall

“The modern artist is working with space and time and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating.” – Jackson Pollock

Parker Palm Springs Lobby
Parker Palm Springs Hotel Lobby

“The pure modernist is merely a snob; he cannot bear to be a month behind the fashion.”- G.K. Chesterton,  All Things Considered

“In his own way the modernist becomes as irrelevant as the fundamentalist. The fundamentalist has something to say to his world, but he has lost the ability to say it. The modernist knows how to speak to his age, but he has nothing to say.” ―  William E. Hordern

Great Mailbox
Great Modern Mailbox