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Hollywood Modern: Houses of the Stars

Hollywood Modern, by Michael Stern & Alan Hess (Rizzoli), on celebrity homes, spans the modern era, from from 1930’s moderne, through midcentury, to the now. With special guest, Kelly Lynch and Hugh Kaptur. $15, $65 (1.5 hrs)

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Please join authors Michael Stern and Alan Hess for a presentation on the recently released Rizzoli publication Hollywood Modern: Houses of the Stars. This new book explores the relationship between celebrities and works of very high-caliber modern architecture, starting in the 1920’s and continuing to today. Included in the book are gorgeous photos of the houses, as well as little seen informal portraits of the stars and wonderfully detailed texts that tell the story of these members of the glitterati, touching on film, fashion, architecture, and the everyday lives of legends. Hollywood Modern: Houses of the Stars spans the modern era, from moderne homes of the 1930s, through mid-century modern designs, to the present day.  Following the presentation, Michael and Alan will host a panel discussion with actress and preservationist, Kelly Lynch, Hugh Kaptur, the desert modernist architect who designed Steve McQueen’s residence, and others to be announced, to hear of their experiences and insights of living in a significant architectural home.

Michael Stern curated the landmark exhibition "Julius Shulman: Palm Springs," which formed the basis of his book, with Alan Hess, Julius Shulman: Palm Springs, (Rizzoli, 2008), a book that's on everyone's coffee table in Palm Springs. He is a sought after guide for exclusive home tours of Palm Springs.

Alan Hess is an architect, a preservationist, a sought after lecturer, and architecture critic since 1968 for the San Jose Mercury News. He is author of twenty books exploring overlooked chapters in 20th century architecture. He is responsible for qualifying several landmark buildings for the National Register of Historic Places in California and Arizona.

VIP Tickets with Preferred Seating INCLUDING a signed copy of "Hollywood Modern" - $65.00
General Admission Tickets - $15.00

Things to Know

This event is for all ages.
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 available. This event is wheelchair accessible.

The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.


Event Check-in Location

Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 N. Museum Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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Photo Credits: Book Cover with Sinatra's Twin Palms House in Palm Springs on the cover 1946, E. Stewart Williams. Photograph © STEVE KING, Gary Cooper House 1955, A Quincy Jones, Architect. Photographer Dominque Vorillon,Steve McQueen’s house on Southridge Drive was designed by Hugh Kaptur in 1964. Photograph © STEVE KING, Frank Sinatra House 1946, E. Stewart Williams, Architect. Julius Shulman, Photographer, Hugh Kaptur, image courtesty of This n’ That Films,  Image Courtesy of Kelly Lynch, Randolph Duke House, 2004, Xten Architects. Photography Brian Thomas Jones


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