Field Trip > Palm Springs

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017 - 12:30 PM-Friday, Feb 24, 2017 - 12:30 PM

Join The David C. Copley Director & CEO, Kathryn Kanjo, and fellow MCASD Members for an exciting two-day journey into the desert, where you'll be among the first to view the inaugural biennial, Desert X.

From February 25 through April 30, the Coachella Valley and its desert landscape will become the canvas for a curated exhibition of site-specific work by established and emerging artists.

MCASD Field Trippers will have the unique opportunity to preview the exhibition prior to its weekend opening.

The group will meet in Palm Springs for a kick-off lunch on Wednesday, February 22, before boarding the bus with our curatorial guide for a first look at the sites throughout the exhibition. That evening, the group will enjoy a private, three course al fresco dinner at Birba, before returning to our hotel for our first overnight.

Thursday morning, after participants breakfast on their own, the group will begin the second segment of the biennial tour. Guests will enjoy a refreshing lunch as we travel to the third portion of the exhibition. On Thursday the group will attend the VIP Launch Party of Desert X, where they'll mingle with artists and the major underwriters of the exhibition. The party is being held at Chino Canyon Project: Desert Palisades Al Beadle Home 1 & O'Donnell Home 1, two new Palm Springs hillside architectural masterpieces, and the site of the Doug Aitken work included in the biennial exhibition. A bus will return to the hotel at 9 PM for our second overnight.

On Friday morning, guests are welcome to enjoy time at the hotel before check out, or take in some of the other happenings in the Palm Springs area, such as Modernism Week!

Double Occupancy $2,900 ($1,450 per person)

Single Occupancy $1,750 per person

Included in tour price:
• Tour of the biennial art sites with a Desert X private guide
• Two nights in a King Deluxe Room at The Riviera Hotel
• Two group lunches (including beer and wine)
• One group dinner (including beer and wine)
• Admission to the VIP Launch Party of Desert X
• Charter coach transportation for two days

NOT included in the tour price:
• Transportation to/from San Diego
• Personal expenses at the hotel (such as porterage, room service, and valet parking)
• Hotel room upgrades and/or additional nights, which can be requested

Interested in joining? Contact April Farrell, Senior Membership and Annual Giving Manager, at or 858 454 3541 x162.