It sounds like a crazy concept: South Sea Islands in the desert! Yet for a time, American leisure seekers fell under the spell of Tiki idols and A-frames protruding out of the desert sands. The equation was simple: Palm trees + pools = Polynesia. In Palm Springs, Polynesian lifestyle and jet age modernism formed a unique marriage. Sophisticated savages dined at Don The Beachcomber’s, vacationed at the Tropics Motor Lodge, danced at the El Mirador’s South Pacific Room, imbibed cocktails at Aloha Joe’s, and partied at the Royal Hawaiian condominiums, with Tiki as their god of recreation.
Author and historian Sven Kirsten will take you on a visual tour de force of a unique period in desert hedonism that is the subject of his upcoming book.
Kirsten is the foremost authority on Polynesian Pop having authored three Taschen books on the subject including The Book of Tiki, Tiki Modern, and Tiki Pop, and curated the sellout museum exhibition on American Tiki at Paris’ Musée du Quai Branly.
Table seating, serving Polynesian cocktails, wine and snacks at a Class One Historic Site designed in 1948 by Albert Frey and John Porter Clark.
This event benefits the Palm Springs Modern Committee, a non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of Desert Modern architecture and design.
Things to Know
This event is for ages 21 and older.
Parking is available on the surrounding streets and car parks.
This event is organized by Palm Springs Modern Committee.
Event Check-in Location
American Legion Post 519, 400 N. Belardo Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Photo Credits: Palm Springs Modern Committee
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