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Lost in Palm Springs

A must-see exhibition for anyone interested in mid-century modern architecture and its influence on contemporary culture. Curated by award-winning Australian writer and conceptual artist, Dr Greer Honeywill, Lost in Palm Springs is a multidisciplinary exhibition that explores the magical qualities of the landscape and the celebrated mid-century modern architecture found in the desert city of Palm Springs, California.

The exhibition features works that respond to, capture, or reimagine the unique characteristics of the city and its surroundings. Connections between Palm Springs and Australia are remarkably strong, particularly when viewed through the lens of the current renaissance of interest in modernist architecture. Place and home, desert atmospheres, landscapes (real and imagined), and Bauhaus sensibilities inform the works.

Dr Honeywill said “I call ‘Lost in Palm Springs’ (the exhibition and the book), the project of a lifetime because that is what it has been to me over the last six years. And I have been blessed to work with fourteen extraordinary and inspirational artists”.

The exhibition explores the resurgence of mid-century modern architecture and design from Palm Springs and Joshua Tree, USA, to Australian locales like Mt Eliza, Canberra, Mermaid Beach, Sydney and more. Place and home, desert atmosphere, landscapes (real and imagined), and Bauhaus sensibilities inform the artists’ works.

Artists: Kate Ballis (AUS), Tom Blachford (AUS), Darren Bradley (USA), Anna Carey (AUS), Sam Cranstoun (AUS), Paul Davies (AUS), Rosi Griffin (AUS), Jim Isermann (USA), Troy Kudlac (USA), Lance O’Donnell (USA), Kim Stringfellow (USA), Vicki Stravrou (AUS), Robyn Sweaney (AUS), Gosia Wlodarczak (AUS).

Opening Event

6pm Friday 8 March
Join us for the opening of Lost in Palm Springs, explore the exhibition and enjoy light refreshments with complimentary bubbles from Dee Vine Estate.

Curator Talk with Dr Greer Honeywill

11am Saturday 9 March
In this presentation, Curator, Dr Greer Honeywill, will provide fascinating insights into the development and themes of the Lost in Palm Springs touring exhibition.

In 2015, Dr Greer Honeywill undertook a research trip to Palm Springs, California, to look at the midcentury modern architecture for which the desert city is famed. Inspired by what she found she went on to complete three artist residencies (2017, 2018 and 2019), making strong architectural and aesthetic connections between Palm Springs and Australia.

Dr Greer Honeywill lives and works in Melbourne, Victoria. She holds a PhD in Fine Art from Monash University (2003) for which she was awarded the Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal for academic excellence, and she holds a PhD in Art from the School of Creative Arts, University of Tasmania (2015).

This is a free talk and no registration is required.

Exhibition Details

Opening Event: 6pm Friday 8 March
Closes: Sunday 21 April
Anna Carey, 84 Frank Street, Surfers Paradise…then, 2015, Giclée print, 74 x 109 cm, Edition 2/7, Collection: HOTA Gallery (2016).
© Image courtesy of the artist and Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane.

Curated by Dr Greer Honeywill, Lost in Palm Springs is a touring initiative developed by HOTA, Home of the Arts, Gold Coast in partnership with Museums & Galleries Queensland. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through its Visions of Australia program and through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. It is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy, and proudly sponsored by IAS Fine Art Logistics and o2 Architecture.

Museums & Galleries Queensland is supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and receives funds from Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund.

Opening Hours

Saturday & Sunday: 11am - 2pm  
Wednesday - Friday: 10am - 5pm  
Closed: Monday & Tuesday  

Please note: the Gallery is closed between exhibitions for changeover. Please check our exhibition dates or call the Gallery on 6962 8338 for more information.



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