Identity, Fantasy and Portraiture

Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, The Galen and the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden will host the exhibition Personalities: Fantasy and Identity in Photography and New Media starting January 17 through May 3, 2015. Using the diverse aesthetic traditions of portraiture as points of departure, this exhibition explores the representational power of photography from its origins in the 19th century to its digital forms in the present.

The featured artworks are from the museum’s permanent collection as well as on loan from artists and private collectors. Even in its earliest examples, photography was a potent tool that could alter the identity of a sitter, giving the subject status, beauty, fame, or the appearance of power. This exhibition begins with strong modern portraits by August Sander and Edward Steichen, and considers Hollywood glamour photography which transformed average women and men into starlets and beacons of masculinity, as stunningly illustrated by George Hurrell.

Image-makers such as Richard Avedon, Weegee and Michael Childers soon upended midcentury notions of celebrity portraiture, and from the 1960s on, Diane Arbus, Lewis Morley and Arthur Tress brought a raw vision to documentary photographs that existed between fantasy and reality. By the end of the 20th century, conceptual photographic approaches showcased the medium’s ability to make fiction look like truth.

Contemporary artists draw from these aesthetic histories, sometimes using digital formats. Work by Marina Abramovic, Zoe Crosher, Jen Davis and Tomoko Sawada reveal identities to be unstable and rooted as much in history and social expectations as in personal self-imagining. Other artists who compose this diverse photographic history include Brian Bress, Keith Carter, Jona Frank, Katy Grannan, Pirkle Jones, Milton Rogovin, Jono Rotman, Wang Qingsong and Pat York, among others.

This exhibition is organized by Palm Springs Art Museum and funded in part by the museum’s Contemporary Art Council, LEF Foundation, Helene V. Galen and CAC’s Silver Sponsor Pamela Smallwood. Exhibition season sponsors are Dorothy and Harold J. Meyerman and Arlene Schnitzer. For more info visit


Imagine a World without HIV

The 2015 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards


Experience a tender music-and-dance interpretation of a couple facing life with HIV together – In the video promoting D.A.P.’s signature fundraising gala, the 21st Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards on Saturday, February 7, guests are invited to

Imagine …a world without HIV. an AIDS-free generation. helping to create it.

Gala sponsor Time-Warner will run the video 500 times in the Coachella market between December 22 and the evening of the gala. “We’re so grateful for this significant push in helping promote our gala, which we hope will even exceed last year’s more than $1.4 million in revenue raised for client services at Desert AIDS Project,” said D.A.P. board chair Barbara Keller, who is serving as gala co-chair for a seventh consecutive year. In her additional role as a community champion for Get Tested Coachella Valley, she continued, “We are so committed to helping bring about an AIDS-free generation that we’ve been out, all over the community, with our #imagineNoAIDS message on Twitter and elsewhere on social media, like the “digital wall” we’ve created for posting messages, photos, and videos about what that world without AIDS might look like.”

Mrs. Keller’s gala co-chair for seven years has been Jim Casey, president and CEO of Integrated Wealth Management, which has been Presenting Sponsor of “the Steve Chase” for just as many years. “It’s an exciting challenge to come up with a new show each year, that resonates with the audience and engages their attention in a really meaningful way that connects them to D.A.P.’s very important mission of care and prevention, working toward a world without HIV,” said Casey. “This year, we are so excited to have the incredible, combined talents of Scott Allen, whose songs have been sung by the elite of Broadway, who will be working with “So You Think You Can Dance” choreographer Ray Leeper They will be under the creative direction of Live It Up Productions president Trini Garza and his co-creative director Brandon Alameda who have teamed up to write a very touching story that will weave through the evening of the gala, using song and dance to interpret one couple’s story of what it means to live with HIV.” See the promo here

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