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Desert X 2021 is now closed. A few installations from past exhibitions remain on view. Check this map.

Desert X 2021

Coachella Valley, CA

March 12 – May 16

Curated by Desert X Artistic Director Neville Wakefield and Co-curator César García-Alvarez.

The exhibition explored the desert as both a place and idea, acknowledging the realities of people who reside here and the political, social, and cultural contexts that shape our stories.

Among the first art experiences in the region since widespread lockdowns to offer a safe, outdoor experience that is free and open to all, Desert X 2021 included newly commissioned works that collectively pose urgent questions about our pasts while imagining the possibilities of a shared future.


Zahrah Laghamdi, What Lies Behind the Walls

Ghada Amer, Women’s Qualities

Felipe Baeza, Finding Home in My Own Flesh

Serge Attukwei Clottey, The Wishing Well

Nicholas Galanin, Never Forget

Alicja Kwade, ParaPivot (sempiternal clouds)

Christopher Myers, The Art Of Taming Horses

Eduardo Sarabia, The Passenger

Xaviera Simmons, Because You Know Ultimately We Will Band A Militia

Kim Stringfellow, Jackrabbit Homestead

Vivian Suter, Tamanrasset