Day one of Snow in the Desert at Ace Hotel & Swim Club — we bound books with Trinie Dalton, “broke the ice” with Leah Rosenberg’s snow cones with locally-foraged ingredients like serrano pepper and basil, made power talisman necklaces with Anna Sew Hoy, unwrapped 80s queer books with Eve Fowler, danced to Abby Portner’s magic poolside mix and hung the #$%% out with host Betty Nguyen. Tonight, between scanning the skies for the supermoon and a meteor shower, we’ll be enjoying Betty’s all-women producers DJ set and Abby’s live, interactive performance in the Amigo Room. Tomorrow, more art, more snow cones and Dorian Garry’s poolside set. It’s pure magic. This is what the desert is all about.

Day one of Snow in the Desert at Ace Hotel & Swim Club — we bound books with Trinie Dalton, “broke the ice” with Leah Rosenberg’s snow cones with locally-foraged ingredients like serrano pepper and basil, made power talisman necklaces with Anna Sew Hoy, unwrapped 80s queer books with Eve Fowler, danced to Abby Portner’s magic poolside mix and hung the #$%% out with host Betty Nguyen. Tonight, between scanning the skies for the supermoon and a meteor shower, we’ll be enjoying Betty’s all-women producers DJ set and Abby’s live, interactive performance in the Amigo Room. Tomorrow, more art, more snow cones and Dorian Garry’s poolside set. It’s pure magic. This is what the desert is all about.


SNOW IN THE DESERT INTERVIEW: EVE FOWLER

Eve Fowler is arguably one of the country’s greatest living conceptual artists — trained in photography at Yale and in journalism from Temple University, she documents queer lives, interrogates “non-creative” visual forms and bridges the word with the body. She’s joining us this weekend for artists workshops at Snow in the Desert, an art space for women at Ace Hotel & Swim club. We asked her about her work, and what we can look forward to on Saturday afternoon…

What is your relationship, or your work’s relationship, to ideas of “beauty”?

I don’t really think too much about beauty in an art context. When I look at art or when I make art I tend to think more about what the artist was thinking or, regarding my own work, I’m trying to get information out into the world that matters to me in some way. I have a lot of art up in my apartment right now because I run an art organization, Artist Curated Projects, and I really love most of it but I don’t think about any of it in terms of beauty. When I was in grad school the worst thing you could tell someone was that their work was beautiful…

Talk a bit about the series of works you created at your residency at One Colorado — related to one of our favorite books in the world, Gertrude Stein’s “Tender Buttons.”

The public art project I made this year using text by Gertrude Stein is something I’m really excited about. I have been working with that text for a couple years making collages. Last year driving to my studio downtown I would see neon posters, made by Colby Posters, on telephone poles and fences. This is a very common form of advertising here and these posters have been used by a lot of artists. While I was using Stein’s text to make cardboard, wood and paper signs and collages I started to think these posters might be a great way for the general population to experience this text that I really love and enjoy. I see some of the text in “tender buttons” as really queer & coded but I think it’s so open-ended that it could mean so many things depending on who the viewer is. Aside from being posted in public, the posters have been used for classes, occupy LA and other protests. I recently made larger versions of them, paintings, for a show in Austin, Texas — along with a sound piece I made in collaboration with Tara Jane O’Neil. The sound piece combines ambient sounds collected while I put the posters up and “this is it with it as it is" spoken continuously for three minutes.

What will you be working on this weekend at Snow in the Desert?

I think this weekend I will have my library that I collected from the One Institute Gay and Lesbian Archive. They sell books for 50 cents there and over time I collected about 65 books. The books are wrapped in collages — I think we will unwrap them together and talk about that project a little. My library has some very obscure books in it but I think the books and the authors are important because they were out when it was hard to be out — making it easier for everyone now.


Bookmaker and badass Trinie Dalton joins us this Saturday as part of Snow in the Desert, an activated art space for women at Ace Hotel Palm Springs, along with artist Eve Fowler, magician/musician Abby Portner, artist Anna Sew Hoy, pastry maverick and painter Leah Rosenberg, and other incredible peeps including host and co-founder of First Person Magazine and Living Arts Fund, Betty Nguyen, who DJs women producers, singers and songwriters Saturday night in the Amigo Room.
As illustrated above, Trinie’s work recently moved Thurston Moore to epistolary splendor.
Here’s the full schedule for the weekend — it’s going to be a kind of unprecedented mix of poolside lounging and artistic power that could just change the world.
SATURDAY MAY 5
Noon-4pm PoolsideMagician and musician Abby Portner DJs and performs live with a set that invites you to improvise with her as she provides instruments and a framework of vibrations.
2-4pm ClubhouseARTIST WORKSHOPS
Leah Rosenberg, head pastry chef and artist from Blue Bottle Cafe in San Francisco and at SFMoMA, prepares a DIY sno-cone station where participants  can select from locally foraged ingredients to build their own flavor combinations.
Bookmaker and badass Trinie Dalton sets up a collage art book station where you can make your own mini books.
The inimitable Anna Sew Hoy leads a “make your own talisman” table with clay, leather cords and beads.
10pm-2am Amigo RoomCurator, artist and First Person Magazine and Living Arts Fund founder Betty Nguyen spins an homage to both women and Cinco de Mayo. She’ll be curating songs by women producers, singers and songwriters, coordinating the decades chronologically — 50’s girl groups early on, then 70’s disco singers, then Latin freestyle jams into the wee hours.
SUNDAY MAY 6
Noon-4pm PoolsideDJ Dorian Garry plays mellow-vibed, long-playing, smooth jams. A tour manager by day, and a devotee who knows music inside and out.
See all info here.

Bookmaker and badass Trinie Dalton joins us this Saturday as part of Snow in the Desert, an activated art space for women at Ace Hotel Palm Springs, along with artist Eve Fowler, magician/musician Abby Portner, artist Anna Sew Hoy, pastry maverick and painter Leah Rosenberg, and other incredible peeps including host and co-founder of First Person Magazine and Living Arts Fund, Betty Nguyen, who DJs women producers, singers and songwriters Saturday night in the Amigo Room.

As illustrated above, Trinie’s work recently moved Thurston Moore to epistolary splendor.

Here’s the full schedule for the weekend — it’s going to be a kind of unprecedented mix of poolside lounging and artistic power that could just change the world.

SATURDAY MAY 5

Noon-4pm Poolside
Magician and musician Abby Portner DJs and performs live with a set that invites you to improvise with her as she provides instruments and a framework of vibrations.

2-4pm Clubhouse
ARTIST WORKSHOPS

Leah Rosenberg, head pastry chef and artist from Blue Bottle Cafe in San Francisco and at SFMoMA, prepares a DIY sno-cone station where participants  can select from locally foraged ingredients to build their own flavor combinations.

Bookmaker and badass Trinie Dalton sets up a collage art book station where you can make your own mini books.

The inimitable Anna Sew Hoy leads a “make your own talisman” table with clay, leather cords and beads.

10pm-2am Amigo Room
Curator, artist and First Person Magazine and Living Arts Fund founder Betty Nguyen spins an homage to both women and Cinco de Mayo. She’ll be curating songs by women producers, singers and songwriters, coordinating the decades chronologically — 50’s girl groups early on, then 70’s disco singers, then Latin freestyle jams into the wee hours.

SUNDAY MAY 6

Noon-4pm Poolside
DJ Dorian Garry plays mellow-vibed, long-playing, smooth jams. A tour manager by day, and a devotee who knows music inside and out.

See all info here.


Save the date: artists Eve Fowler and Anna Sew Hoy — excerpts from their co-created piece, Two Serious Ladies, are shown here — join a transcendent roster of writers, makers, movers and shakers at an all-female art symposium and retreat with First Person Magazine and Living Arts Fund at Ace Hotel Palm Springs May 5 and 6. The cast of teachers and thinkers includes artist and writer Trinie Dalton, Fowler, Hoy, artist Margaret Tedesco, social practice artist Amanda Eicher, musician Eva Inca Core, DJ Asma Maroof (of Nguzunguzu) and First Person Mag publisher and Living Arts Fund director Betty Nguyen.
We’ll post more details soon, but know that they include the making of ice cream, films at twilight, panels on how art influences local and global communities, and music by the campfire. The retreat will be documented for the upcoming First Person “Value of Art” issue. 

Save the date: artists Eve Fowler and Anna Sew Hoy — excerpts from their co-created piece, Two Serious Ladies, are shown here — join a transcendent roster of writers, makers, movers and shakers at an all-female art symposium and retreat with First Person Magazine and Living Arts Fund at Ace Hotel Palm Springs May 5 and 6. The cast of teachers and thinkers includes artist and writer Trinie Dalton, Fowler, Hoy, artist Margaret Tedesco, social practice artist Amanda Eicher, musician Eva Inca Core, DJ Asma Maroof (of Nguzunguzu) and First Person Mag publisher and Living Arts Fund director Betty Nguyen.

We’ll post more details soon, but know that they include the making of ice cream, films at twilight, panels on how art influences local and global communities, and music by the campfire. The retreat will be documented for the upcoming First Person “Value of Art” issue. 


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