Desert X 2019 Is Back And Featuring Artists From Jenny Holzer to Superflex

An exhibit in Desert X 2017
An exhibit in Desert X 2017

Desert X, the contemporary art biennial in various locations across California's arid Coahcella Valley, is back from Feb. 9 to April 21, 2019.

The first edition of this free, curated exhibition of large-scale artworks drew around 200,000 people in 2017.

A "Desert X 2017'' catalog will be available with details of all works by featured artists. "Desert, Why?'' will be a three-day event featuring performances, tours, receptions, and panels, including a panel at the Salton Sea regarding climate change.  And a new podcast series "is intended to be a modern take on a mobile audio tour to educate, inspire and entertain visitors," according to a release.

Among the highlights this year is Jenny Holzer’s “Before I Became Afraid, 2019,” featuring the words of gun violence survivors, family members and activists, and some poetry, projected onto a mountain.

Artist roster for 2019:

Iván Argote

Nancy Baker Cahill

Cecilia Bengolea

Pia Camil

John Gerrard

Julian Hoeber

Jenny Holzer

Iman Issa

Mary Kelly

Armando Lerma

Eric N. Mack

Cinthia Marcelle

Postcommodity (Cristóbal Martínez and Kade L. Twist)

Cara Romero

Sterling Ruby

Kathleen Ryan

Gary Simmons

Superflex, the Danish collective 

Chris Taylor and Steve Badgett

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