Founded in 1938 to present natural science, Palm Springs Art Museum today showcases world-class modern and contemporary art at three locations: a main space downtown, a stand-alone architecture and design center nearby, and a satellite gallery in Palm Desert. The museum rotates works from its permanent collection of 11,000-plus sculptures, paintings, and objects by 20th-century greats Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, Robert Motherwell, and others. It also mounts lively temporary exhibits, such as the first major solo show (Jan. 18–May 31) by artist and cattle rancher Gerald Clarke, a tribal leader of the Cahuilla Band of Indians whose work often strives to debunk stereotypes about indigenous peoples.
Desert Void, the flamboyant 2019 mural by Chaz Bear—aka singer, songwriter, and producer Toro y Moi—brought vivid abstract shapes to an outdoor wall of the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs. Like the everchanging landscape from which it drew inspiration, his masterpiece is fleeting: Every April, the hotel unveils a new largescale work on the side of its Commune building to coincide with Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival events. No word yet as to what's on deck for the next installation (the ninth to date), but you can bet it won't be any wallflower.