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A Tale of Two Kaufmann Wives and Two Tragic Endings

Author Adele Cygelman delves into the lives of the two women who were eclipsed by their better-known husband and even better known house, Neutra's Desert Kaufmann House, and who both met a tragic end.

$18 (1 hr)

Category: Book Signing, Presentation, Talk, Annenberg Theater

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From the moment the Kaufmann house in Palm Springs was captured on camera in 1947, it became a beacon of modernism and one of the most recognizable houses in the world. But all the attention has been tightly focused on three men–the architect Richard J. Neutra, the owner Edgar J. Kaufmann and the photographer Julius Shulman.

Little is known about Liliane Kaufmann, who obligingly blocked the pool light in Julius Shulman's famous Twilight photo. Even less is known about Edgar Kaufmann's second wife, who assumed hostessing duties at the desert house after Liliane retreated back to Pittsburgh.

Join Adele Cygelman, author of Palm Springs Modern and Arthur Elrod: Desert Modern Design, as she delves into the lives of the two women who were eclipsed by their better-known husband and even better-known house, and who both met a tragic end.  

Following the presentation, Adele will sign copies of her books. This year Palm Springs Modern (Rizzoli, 1999), the first book to explore the extraordinary midcentury modern residential architecture in Palm Springs, celebrates its 25th anniversary in print. 


Things to Know
This event is for 
12 and older.
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:  Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute (2004.R.10) – Western Pennsyvania Conservancy – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Archives

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