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Desert as Place and Idea: Planning Desert X 2021

The desert is a state of place, and a state of mind—and as such must be acknowledged beyond the privileged mythologies of desolate landscapes and boundless possibilities. The third edition of Desert X encourages connections between artworks and the specific realities of California’s Coachella Valley, the histories that forged its communities, and the social and environmental dynamics that guide our radically-changing world. Reflecting upon the forthcoming site-specific outdoor exhibition, Desert X artists Xaviera Simmons and Kim Stringfellow and curators discuss how they’ve navigated these concerns in their projects. Originally presented live, January 2021.

Presented in partnership with EXPO Chicago.