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The Top Happenings in the Design World, February 12–19, 2020

A midcentury modern party in Palm Springs, works from Dawoud Bey on view, and LA’s contemporary art fair returns.

Louise Alexander Gallery, 2018. Photo by Michael Underwood.

Modernism Week Various Locations in Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs’s annual midcentury modern extravaganza invites visitors to party like it’s 1965. Celebrating its 15th year, the eleven-day architecture and design celebration features more than 350 events, including home tours, lectures, films, and even architectural tours via double-decker buses. (February 13–23, 2020; times and prices vary)

Dawoud Bey: An American Project San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 3rd St., San Francisco

This retrospective showcases four decades of American photographer Dawoud Bey’s work highlighting black subjects and histories. On view are portraits of Harlem residents, large-scale color Polaroids, and a series featuring collaborative word and image portraits of high school students. (February 15–May 25; times and prices vary)

Art Los Angeles Contemporary Hollywood Athletic Club, 6525 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles

Southern California’s collective of contemporary art returns to Hollywood for its eleventh installment, and this year, it’s moving to the historic Hollywood Athletic Club. The art fair will take over the building’s two floors and feature more than forty-five local and international art galleries in an open floor plan. (February 13-16; times and prices vary)

India Design ID NSIC Estate, Okhla Phase III, Okhla Industrial Area, New Delhi

To commemorate the milestone year of 2020, twenty architects and twenty designers are joining forces to create outdoor installations welcoming visitors to this festival of luxury design and decor. Expect products spanning the kitchen, furniture, accessories, and lighting categories from more than 100 exhibitors, an ID Symposium of global designers and architects discussing industry trends, and the ID Honours awards program, which recognizes India’s best homes and living spaces. (February 13–16; times and prices vary)


The Design Datebook is GRAY’s weekly list of must-attend design and cultural events around the globe.


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