Evelyn and Jerome (“Jerry”) Ackerman were pioneers in the development of the distinctive aesthetic of California midcentury modernism. The Ackermans’ creative partnership and their deep knowledge of art, craft, and design resulted in a body of work remarkable for its diverse styles, techniques, and materials including ceramics, tapestries, mosaics, woodcarvings, and hardware—now highly collectable.
Recipients of numerous awards, the multi-talented design duo has works in museum collections from the Smithsonian to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Delve into their enduring design legacy, impeccable craftsmanship, and inspiring love story with a panel discussion, presentation, and film followed by Q&A.
Peter Loughrey, LA Modern Auctions founder and Antiques Roadshow appraiser, moderates a panel about the Ackermans’ life and work. The distinguished experts include iconic fashion designer and lifestyle influencer, Trina Turk; decorative arts specialist and owner of LA's Reform and The Landing galleries, Gerard O’Brien; and former Los Angeles County Museum of Art curators, museum consultants, and authors Jo Lauria and Dale Carolyn Gluckman. Evelyn and Jerry’s daughter, Laura Ackerman-Shaw, executive director of Ackerman Modern, shares insights into “growing up modern” with her parents, their designs, their studio—and Palm Springs!
In Tandem: The Life and Work of Jerry and Evelyn Ackerman, a short film by Katie Nartonis and Margaret Halkin, expands on midcentury design and the Ackermans’ pivotal role. A drawing for an autographed copy of Hand-in-Hand caps off the program.
VIP tickets include premium seating and books autographed by Jerry Ackerman and the authors from Pointed Leaf Press.
$15, VIP $95
Things to Know
VIP ticket includes preferred seating and book signed by Jerome Ackerman, Dan Chavkin, and Lisa Thackaberry.
This event is for ages 12 and older.
There is ample free public parking in the the city-owned garage directly across from the museum’s north parking lot.
Handicap parking is 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
Photo Credits: Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman (1953), Campesina Tapestries, Ellipses/Mermaid Mosaics, Moonscape Tapestry (detail), Ucello Panels/Alan Ladd Bldg-Palm Springs, Jenev Ceramics. All photos courtesy L. Ackerman Shaw
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