If you’re in Palm Springs this week, call yourself lucky. First and foremost, well, you’re in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Secondly, you’ll be in town for Modernism Week and the one-day only exhibition by photographer Tom Blachford at the iconic Menrad Residence.
These new works are an extension of Blachford’s previous collection, capturing classic Palm Springs mid-century architecture bathed in the surreal light of a full moon. Fittingly, the exhibition will take place inside one of Palm Spring’s most iconic homes, the Alexander built Menrad Residence (the foremost mid-century construction company known for their homes built in the 1950’s and 60’s), which will be open for tours during the day, finishing with a cocktail party in the evening. This special event is part of Modernism Week, an annual celebration of mid-century modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture.
While the first collection was captured covertly, Blachford was granted full access to the properties this time around, thanks to a meeting with the President of the Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS ModCom) and owner of the Menrad Residence, Chris Menrad. With access came the freedom to play with interior lighting, angles and accompanying mid-century vehicles, yielding multilayered results that draw the viewer into a world suspended between fiction and reality. Among the architectural masterworks featured in the series is the recently restored Kaufmann house, designed by Richard Neutra in 1946.
The “Midnight Modern” works will be displayed in large scale Size 50” (130cm) wide and will be for sale during the event, as well as on Blachford’s own website. To see more of the stunning photos, click through the gallery above.
Tom Blachford: Midnight Modern // February 20th // 12pm-7pm // Menrad Residence // Palm Springs // website