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The Denver Art Museum (DAM) announced today that it will have a major exhibition about female Abstract Expressionists in summer 2016. Titled “Women of Abstract Expressionism,” the show will feature more than 50 works by 12 artists. Following its run at the DAM, the show will travel to the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Palm Springs Art Museum in California.

Abstract Expressionism has long been defined by its male adherents—including Jackson Pollock, Clyfford Still, Franz Kline, and Barnett Newman, among others—whose fame greatly exceeds the women in the movement.

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The great spectrum of some of the Palm Springs Art Museum's most treasured artworks from the 20th century are now on display in the museum's newly named Joseph Clayes III Exhibition Wing.

Works by masters such as Willem de Kooning, Henry Moore, Marc Chagall and others are on display in the museum's Clayes Exhibition Wing, made possible through a $1 million donation from the Joseph Clayes Charitable Trust. This wing, located near the front of the building on the north side, was formerly the McCallum Wing.

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"Laura" and "Awilda" moved Thursday into the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, The Galen -- basalt visages sculpted by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa.

Installed in The Galen's Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden, the works of art crafted in 2013 and 2014 respectively bring the museum's sculpture count to 11 with three more on the way.

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Palm Springs Art Museum will feature the exhibition "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold," a group of sculptures by internationally acclaimed contemporary Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, from December 20 through May 31, 2015 at the Palm Springs Art museum.
The installation consists of 12 gilded bronze animal heads - rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig - that are each a representative symbol from the ancient Chinese zodiac. Ai Weiwei's work extends beyond the visual statement and reaches into history. These sculptures were based on the zodiac heads originally located at the Imperial retreat Yuanming Yuan (Old Summer Palace) just outside of Beijing, where they adorned the famed fountain-clock. The original heads were made by Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1766), an Italian Jesuit who executed a number of commissions for the Chinese emperor in the 18th century.

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A familiar face in the Southern California museum world will soon be returning to the area.

Elizabeth Armstrong has been named the new executive director of the Palm Springs Art Museum, leaders announced on Friday. Armstrong, who will begin her new job in January, comes from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, which she joined in 2008 and where she held the title of founding curator of contemporary art.

Before that, Armstrong was the acting director and chief curator at the Orange County Museum of Art, where she initiated the California Biennial, and organized such popular shows as "Birth of the Cool: California Art."

She was also a senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, and put in 14 years as a curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

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The Palm Springs Art Museum announced that it will unveil its new Architecture and Design Center on November 9. The Edwards Harris Pavilion will be the hub of the museum’s exploration of architecture and design, and will feature spaces for exhibitions, educational and community programs, and research. The 13,000-square-foot building will also include a museum shop, curatorial offices, and a storage area.

The Architecture and Design Center is located in a restored mid-century Modern bank in downtown Palm Springs. The structure was designed in 1961 by the celebrated architect E. Stewart Williams to be the Santa Fe Federal Savings & Loan building and was recently designated as a protected Class I Historic Site. The Architecture and Design Center’s inaugural exhibition, “An Eloquent Modernist, E. Stewart Williams, Architect,” will explore Williams’ contributions to Desert Modern style as well as the Coachella Valley’s architectural landscape.

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