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Updated: Aug 1, 2023

DESERT X 2019 Exhibition Dates: 09 February 2019 - 21 April 2019

For those of you that have been to the music mega-festival, Coachella at some point since its near 26-year-old inception will take notice that a slow but steady pattern is definitely emerging from the brush-laden miles of serene desert landscape.

Within the past ten years, Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs and the lovingly surrounding, Coachella Valley has definitely been on the radar again upping its notoriety since the rat pack and old Hollywood glamour heydays seemingly emerging with a new pack.

Now with the ability to capture your visual delights on social media varying from the infamous pastel pink entry door on a mid-century modern home in Palm Springs (everyone has seen it at least once...) to the crayon-hued, psychedelic "Salvation Mountain" in Niland.

Seemingly, nature and its organic elements on a global scale have become a treasure trove expedition to capturing the best aesthetics via your social account (pick your platform... Pinterest, Instagram, etc.) with all eyes focused next on the desert landscape.

Poised as the next “new hotspot”— luxury brands from hotels to beauty and wellness brands are already snapping up real estate seeking a bit more terrain outside of the 3+ hour trips from Los Angeles or San Diego. Even more so a barrage of design, art, and culture events are starting to gain steam from the biannual Modernism Week to the annual Wanderlust Wellspring and now, Desert X has arrived once again from its past inaugural exhibition in 2017.

After much delighted fanfare of nearly 200,000 international attendees, Desert X (complete with its own downloadable app now) has begun a short run through April 2019 featuring 19 artists including Cara Romero, Jenny Holzer, Eric N. Mack, and John Gerrard of an all-star international roster.

A barrage of controversial topics permeate this year’s exhibit ranging from the colonization of the indigenous tribes in America (just a fraction of the Mojave, Cahuilla, Serrano, and Chemehuevi people are featured), global climate change including the exploitation and depletion of natural resources, the hotly debated immigration policies (through the artist’s lens of love) and gun violence just to name a few featured amongst the 19 talents.

Due to the popularity of the Desert X exhibition, some of the installations can be booked in advance with select times and tickets. This year’s accompanying app (both available for Apple and Android users) also serves to be quite useful with a map, artist dossiers and further artistic installation context for each participating in this year’s exhibit.

For further information, please visit the official Desert X Website.



“Halter” (2019) | Sponsored by Missoni

Photo Credit | Lance Gerber

(This exhibition was closed due to vandalism.)


“Going Nowhere Pavilion” (2019)

Photo Credit | Lance Gerber


“Jackrabbit, Cottontail & Spirits of the Desert” (2019)

Photo Credit | Lance Gerber


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