Mar 30, 2020
Nowhere in the world celebrates
Modernism better than Palm Springs, California. Every
February, they have a huge architecture and design festival called
Modernism Week, which actually lasts 11 days. This was the fifth
year USModernist has been at Modernism Week, talking poolside at
the USModernist Compound, aka the hip Hotel Skylark, with nearly
all the keynote speakers, authors, and special guests. When
modern-day Dorothy's kick their red ruby slippers together, they
don’t go to Kansas, they land next to in Frank Sinatra’s pool in Palm Springs.
Modernism Week is a dazzling spectacle of
mid-century architecture, martinis, lectures, art galleries,
shopping, nonprofit benefit events, architecture documentary
premieres, amazing parties at incredible houses, brilliantly
curated house tours, detailed art and architecture exhibits, and
Today we kick off 2020 Modernism Week coverage with architect Daniel Libeskind, known for the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany, the master plan for the World Trade Center reconstruction and memorial, and the Danish Jewish Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark. He’s one of the world’s most highly regarded architects and someone people can trust to work with projects of great meaning and significance, especially where loss in involved.
Next, host George Smart visits with the Queen of Palm Springs, the woman everyone wants to talk to by the pool, Nelda Linsk. Later a delightful chat with Alison Martino, producer, writer, reporter, preservationist, and a master chronicler of old Hollywood, in which she grew up as the daughter of singer Al Martino.