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Docomomo US and Cocaine Decor: Considering the Cultural Impact of 1980s Design

Support Docomomo and the preservation of 1980s architecture and design. Learn about the challenges faced, then step up and become a VIP Supporter of the fundraising reception, includes membership.

General Admission $25, VIP $175

Category: @Palm Springs, @Annenberg Theater, Presentation, Talk

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What does it take to preserve architecture and design from the 1980s, a messy decade associated with exhuberant excess? Can we define buildings and houses previously associated with or influenced by hedonism as being worthy of preservation, and how do we shift our thinking of such a recent era to do that?    What can you do to support these efforts? 

Join Liz Waytkus, Executive Director of the nation's leading modern preservation organization, Docomomo US, and Rock Herzog, interior designer and content curator of Twitter’s @CocaineDecor, which he founded in the summer of 2020 and popularized the phrase ‘cocaine decor’,  for a conversation on what cultural considerations can be made in order to place the 1980s in a position of protection and preservation. Waytkus will discuss her advocacy work for such projects as 60 Wall Street and the Ambassador Grill in New York City.  Herzog will provide cultural framing for the period in which such projects were created. The two will ask the audience to consider design from this recent time, personal bias, and evaluate what we may in hindsight be dismissing as too decadent to deserve more serious considerations. 

Ms. Waytkus manages collaborative advocacy efforts for Docomomo US across the United States and spear-headed the efforts to save the Ambassador Grill and UN Plaza Hotel lobby, an important success to show for future protections elsewhere. As part of Cocaine Decor, Mx. Herzog researches the impact of culture on design from the 1970s through the 1990s, with a particular emphasis on the role that drug culture, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and the rise of the gay designer played in understanding the period in design. 

Following the presentation is a Docomomo US Fundraising Reception to directly support their efforts to preserve 1980s architecture and design.  Enjoy DJ ModGirl spinning iconic 80s tunes and an elegant wine and hors d’oeuvres reception catered by Eight4Nine, in the museum’s stunning outdoor sculpture garden. (VIP 'presentation with reception' ticket purchase required).  

VIP ticket includes preferred seating, post presentation reception and 1 year membership to Docomomo USA (value $100).  General Admission ticket is a ‘presentation only’ ticket.  

Docomomo US is the United States chapter of Docomomo International, a non-profit organization dedicated to the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites, and neighborhoods of the modern movement.  Founded in the United States in 1995, Docomomo US is a non-profit organization led by a national Board of Directors and staff that represents a union of regional chapters that share its members’ knowledge of and enthusiasm for modern architecture and design.  docomomo-us.org

General Admission $25, VIP $175

Things to Know
This event is for ages 18 and older.
Fundraiser VIP Ticket includes the presentation, reception and 1 year individual membership to Docomomo US (a $100 value).
General Admission Ticket is for presentation only.
Presentation is 3:00 p.m. - 4: 00 p.m.
Presentation with reception is 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
The entrance to the Annenberg Theater is located behind the Annenberg Theater Box Office, adjacent to the Palm Springs Art Museum's North Parking Lot.
Ample free public parking is available in the multi-level public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.

Event Check-in Location 
Annenberg Theater,  Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 N. Museum Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Photo credits: #cocainedecor, Docomomo

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