Desert X Brings Outdoor Art Back to the Coachella Valley

Explore the outdoor, distance-friendly installations starting in March
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Local museums remain closed due to the pandemic, but art-lovers will soon be able to experience something special–and pandemic-safe. Desert X is returning to the Coachella Valley, bringing new, large-scale, outdoor art installations to explore.

Desert X pops up only once every other year, drawing the curious out to drive through a series of free, open-air pieces installed in the desert landscape. The 2021 edition will run March 12 to May 16.

Curated by artistic director Neville Wakefield and co-curator César García-Alvarez, the list of this year’s participating artists has not yet been revealed. Previous iterations have included works by Doug Aitken, Jenny Holzer, Iván Argote, Pia Camil, and other important names in contemporary art.

A statement from organizers says that “Desert X will include newly commissioned works that collectively pose urgent questions about our pasts while imagining the possibilities of a shared future.”


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