Meet Kaitlin Garcia-Maestas
Kaitlin Garcia-Maestas has been appointed to be the co-curator of Desert X 2025, which will open March 8–May 11, 2025 at sites across the Coachella Valley, California.
Desert X Education Media Alert
Media advisory for Desert Sands Unified School District students attending Desert X field trips.
Desert X 2023 Artists Announced
The exhibition examines social and environmental themes with a focus on the changes that give form to a world increasingly shaped by climate crisis, globalism, and the political and economic migrations that follow in their wake.
Desert X 2021 – The Film nominated for Los Angeles Area Emmy® Award
The documentary film, Desert X 2021, part of KCET’s original series ARTBOUND, has been nominated for the Television Academy’s 74th Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards.
Nominated in the Arts category, Desert X 2021 takes viewers behind the scenes of the 2021 exhibition curated by Desert X Artistic Director Neville Wakefield and Co-curator César García-Alvarez. The film offers atypical insight into the process and studios of 12 participating artists from eight countries who were invited to explore the Coachella Valley desert through newly-commissioned artworks that investigate the desert as both place and idea
Thank you for visiting Desert X AlUla 2022
Under the theme of Sarab, this year’s exhibition explored ideas of mirage and oasis, both intrinsic to desert history and culture, that have taken on complex worldwide significance over time.
Watch the Desert X 2021 documentary at the American Documentary and Animation Film Festival
The Desert X 2021 film is part of the Official Selection at the Amdocs Film Festival.
Desert X AlUla will Open February 11 – March 30, 2022
Under The Theme of Sarab Artists Will Explore Ideas of Mirage and Oasis.
Desert X 2021 – The Film Official Selection Announced for 33rd Palm Springs International Film Festival
Film Provides Extraordinary Access into the Studios of Renowned Artists Confronting Urgent Socio-Political Themes for Desert X 2021 Exhibition.
Desert X 2023 Will Open in the Coachella Valley March 4 – May 7, 2023
Diana Campbell to co-curate with returning artistic director Neville Wakefield. Board elects new members Jarvis Crawford, Nicholas Galanin and Bill Sanchez. Executive team bolstered with appointments of Mara Gladstone, Deputy Director & Head of Programs and Diane Mailey, Director of Development.
Desert X 2021 – The Film
The Film Provides Extraordinary Access into the Studios of Renowned Artists Confronting Urgent Socio-Political Themes for Desert X 2021 Exhibition.
Desert X 2021 is now closed
Desert X 2021 open March 12 – May 16 in the Coachella Valley
Curated by Artistic Director Neville Wakefield and Co-curator César García-Alvarez, the exhibition will explore 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 their stories.
Desert X 2021 artists announced
The third edition of Desert X in the Coachella Valley will be curated by César García-Alvarez and Neville Wakefield
García-Alvarez joins returning Artistic Director Neville Wakefield for the third edition of the international art exhibition that will activate California’s desert landscape through site-responsive installations by renowned international contemporary artists.
Desert X 2021 dates to be announced soon
The original opening date for Desert X 2021 was postponed due to the ongoing Stay Home Orders instituted in California because of COVID-19 and to protect our community, frontline workers, health care system, artists, visitors and all those who volunteer and contribute to the exhibition. Now that those orders have been lifted, the Desert X 2021 exhibition dates will be confirmed shortly. Once opened, the exhibition will be free and open to the public for nine weeks.