The first thing you notice when you drive through Downtown Palm Springs at night is just how much it’s a suburb. Subtract the sun, the brown mountains jutting towards the sky, the vast expanse, and it’s as suburban as the San Fernando Valley.
Pause that thought. Maybe there’s some better architecture, I think as I pass a restaurant tucked into a spectacular A-frame building on my way to “Desert X,” an exhibition of site-specific works by 16 artists that takes place in various areas around Palm Springs, the Sonoran desert city in Southern California.
The exhibition, which opens on February 25th, is curated by Artistic Director Neville Wakefield. It’s timed to coincide with Coachella Music Festival, which draws tens of thousands of revelers to the desert every April. And, sprawled across some 45 miles of the Coachella Valley—in two days, I saw just 12 of the 16 works—this show is one for viewers with time to kill.