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Desert X 2019: Lauded Exhibition to Return

If you found yourself enchanted by the springtime installations dotting the Coachella Valley, be glad: More art is to come.

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    Desert X 2019: Lauded Exhibition to Return
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    If you found yourself enchanted by the springtime installations dotting the Coachella Valley, be glad: More art is to come. (Pictured: "Mirage" by Doug Aitkens)

    IF IT IS HUMAN... to seek shared experiences that make us think, that move us, and that stick with us in a lasting way, then the installations seen around the Coachella Valley over some of the late winter and early spring of 2017 easily drew out our common human-share-ability. For Desert X, the spread-wide art exhibition, gave both locals and visitors to the area a chance to view often sizable and starkly displayed works for free. Those works included "The Circle of Land and Sky" from artist Phillip K. Smith, a circular and sandy outdoor space hemmed by a row of tall, thin mirrors, and "Mirage" by Doug Aitken.

    "MIRAGE"... was also commonly called the "Mirror House" by the many people who headed up the Mt. San Jacinto foothills to patiently queue before stepping inside the artwork's funhouse-like interior. If seeing these pow-packing pieces provided you a passionate topic of discussion with others who were visiting the installations at the same time, or if a photo you posted on social media prompted questions and passionate conversation from your friends, then hooray: That was some of the power of the inaugural Desert X, which received wide acclaim. Now, in just under 18 months, a fresh exhibition will rise in the Palm Springs area, and it shall be dubbed...

    DESERT X 2019: An opening date for the exhibition, which will again include an array of site-specific installations, was revealed on Monday, Oct. 9. So mark Feb. 9, 2019 on your calendar, with the knowledge that Desert X 2019 will shutter at the close of April that year, much like it did in 2017. Neville Wakefield will again serve as Artistic Director, with Amanda Hunt, Director of Education & Public Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and curator Matthew Schum serving as co-curators on the large-scale, large-of-vision project. And, yes: The exhibition will likely coincide with the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, like it did in 2017.