Palm Springs, CA

There’s something about the desert that unbridles the creative spirit in us. It’s where Michel Foucault had an LSD vision quest in 1975. It’s The Desert Religions’ origins. And it has informed the work of artists and thinkers for millennia. Spring is creeping into the 70s in the Coachella Valley, and it’s got us revisiting our own desert experiences, absorbing others’ inspirational reactions to the desert and ready to explore a new or even a well-worn stretch of our favorite otherworldly landscapes. 

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Andrea Zittel’s High Desert Test Sites

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Garth’s Boulder Gardens

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Alma Allen: Sculptures

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Noah Purifoy’s Visions

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The Revolution of Charles Stephen Russell


Claude Collins-Stracensky’s Distiller after a temporary setback at High Desert Test Sites in Joshua Tree, California, caught by photographer Oriana Poindexter.

Claude Collins-Stracensky’s Distiller after a temporary setback at High Desert Test Sites in Joshua Tree, California, caught by photographer Oriana Poindexter.


Steve Halterman, a local set designer and stained glass artist from Joshua Tree, has created a stained glass window to preside over diners at King’s Highway, our roadside diner at Ace Hotel & Swim Club. Steve started designing stained glass inspired by his mother LaVerne, who ran a glass company while Steve was growing up. He’s come to Ace through a partnership with Commune Design (the design firm that we worked with to create Ace Palm Springs), and he works in collaboration this his partner Glen Steigelman and mother LaVerne Halterman. You can see their pretty faces below. The window for the Ace is the largest window they’ve done to date — Steve says they’re thrilled with the opportunity to add to not only a great hotel but to the fantastic community of Palm Springs. The feeling is totally mutual, Steve! Thank you for this amazing gift.










Photos by Glen Steigelman

Steve Halterman, a local set designer and stained glass artist from Joshua Tree, has created a stained glass window to preside over diners at King’s Highway, our roadside diner at Ace Hotel & Swim Club. Steve started designing stained glass inspired by his mother LaVerne, who ran a glass company while Steve was growing up. He’s come to Ace through a partnership with Commune Design (the design firm that we worked with to create Ace Palm Springs), and he works in collaboration this his partner Glen Steigelman and mother LaVerne Halterman. You can see their pretty faces below. The window for the Ace is the largest window they’ve done to date — Steve says they’re thrilled with the opportunity to add to not only a great hotel but to the fantastic community of Palm Springs. The feeling is totally mutual, Steve! Thank you for this amazing gift.



Photos by Glen Steigelman


We had a retro Valentine’s dance at Ace Hotel & Swim Club on February 13th at Ace Hotel Palm Springs. Doo Wop in the Desert was a collaboration with The Coachella Valley Art Scene, a local hub for art, music, and events in the valley. They also provide hair and fashion advice to retro style enthusiasts. Over 250 people attended in their finest vintage to dance, take photos in the customized photobooth, and eat frosted cupcakes from The Kid’s Business. DJ Alf Alpha kept everyone on their feet between two live sets by Evaro, a local band from Joshua Tree, with separate 50s and 70s themed outfits for each set. They were amazing and we’ll definitely be bringing them back to Ace. See our original invitation, and look at more shots from the party.

And if you had your photo taken at the party, email it to us. We might put it up on our blog.

Photos by Anthony J. DeMeglio


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