The Desert Exhibition of Art—Desert X for short—will return for its second edition in Palm Springs in 2019. Running February 9 through April 2019, the next iteration will see founding artistic director Neville Wakefield joined by Amanda Hunt, the Museum of Contemporary Art’s director of education and public programs, and Matthew Schum, an independent curator based in Los Angeles.
Jenny Gil, who most recently served as the director of exhibitions at the Buenos Aires– and Miami-based nonprofit Faena Art, will replace Elizabeta Betinski as executive director. Artist Ed Ruscha, collector Beth Rudin DeWoody, filmmaker Mary Sweeney, and former director of the Palm Springs Art Museum, Steven A. Nash, among others, are the driving force behind the biennial.
“The inaugural Desert X was both an honor to work on and an extraordinary journey into the unknown with some of the most significant artists working today,” Wakefield said. “I could not have anticipated the overwhelming response to the exhibition, and the lure of the desert and its endless possibilities continue to inspire me. I want to delve even further into its potential and Amanda and Matthew bring valuable experience and a deep understanding and passion for presenting work in response to landscape, place and larger social and environmental issues.”