by Publisher CoachellaValley | February 26, 2023 6:18 am
Palm Springs, California, December 8, 2022 – Desert X, the recurring site-specific, international art exhibition, announced today that its fourth edition in the Coachella Valley will be open to the public from March 4 to May 7, 2023.
The organization, which has drawn a total audience of more than 1.25 million to its three previous exhibitions in the Coachella Valley and has received critical acclaim and worldwide attention, announced today the addition of three dynamic and diverse new board members, the co-curator for the 2023 exhibition and an expanded executive team.
Newly-appointed 2023 Co-curator Diana Campbell is the founding artistic director of Dhaka-based Samdani Art Foundation in Bangladesh and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit and is credited with its development into a leading research and exhibitions platform. Campbell has been working in South and Southeast Asia since 2010 and is committed to fostering a transnational art world and to amplifying the reach of indigenous voices in the art world, inspired by her cultural background as a member of the CHamoru diaspora from Guam.
Desert X Artistic Director Neville Wakefield said, “Diana brings to Desert X both a body of knowledge gleaned from founding one of the most successful art programs in South East Asia, and a global vision that will expand on Desert X’s commitment to nurturing inclusive conversations.”
“Desert X 2023 presents a compelling opportunity to connect communities around the globe, especially when it comes to how we survive in a world with increasingly volatile environmental conditions,” said Desert X 2023 Co-curator Diana Campbell. “For my first project of this scale in the United States I am driven to draw translocal connections across contexts of extreme weather – from the droughts of the California desert to the floods of Bangladesh.”
Desert X also confirmed the election of three new board members, expanding its leadership to 16 members. Joining the board are Jarvis Crawford, Community Center Manager at the James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center for the City of Palm Springs Parks & Recreation Department; Nicholas Galanin, Desert X 2021 artist; and Commissioner Guillermo “Bill” Sanchez, chairman, Riverside County Planning Commission, principal of Capital Building Services in Rancho Mirage and partner at Memo Design, an architectural design firm.
Desert X President and Founder Susan Davis said, “We are growing a formidable, diverse board that brings the resources, expertise, vision and courage we need as Desert X advances its mission to promote cultural exchange, new dialogue and understanding through art that is accessible to all.”
Mara Gladstone, who led the public and educational programming for the exhibition in 2021, has been named to the newly-created position of deputy director and head of programs. Gladstone was previously a curator at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Diane Mailey, who most recently was director of the Institute at the Golden Gate, a program of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy in San Francisco, has been named director of development. Gladstone and Mailey join an expanding and accomplished executive and curatorial team led by Artistic Director Neville Wakefield and Executive Director Jenny Gil.
“Desert X has grown into a catalyzing force in the community and this expanded team will invigorate our public and education programs and increase community impact,” said Desert X Executive Director Jenny Gil.
Desert X is funded by its board of directors and an extraordinary group of individuals, foundations and sponsors.
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