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New Desert X Biennial to Coincide with Coachella in 2017

Artist Ed Ruscha, art collector Beth Rudin DeWoody, and filmmaker Mary Sweeney, among others, are board members behind the newly conceived Desert Exhibition of Art—Desert X for short—which is slated to coincide with the Coachella music festival in 2017 from February to April, reports Jori Finkel of the New York Times.

Curator and writer Neville Wakefield has been appointed the artistic director for Desert X’s first exhibition. Elizabeta Betinski, president of the Los Angeles–based arts nonprofit bardoLA, will be the biennial’s executive director.

The event, which will take place in Palm Springs, will bring in artists to create site-specific works that will respond to the history and geography of the area—a similar conceit used for Wakefield’s 2014 “Elevation 1049” project that took place in Gstaad, Switzerland.

Says Wakefield, “I’m interested in the way that entropy plays into art and this dialogue between creation and destruction, and that’s something you see very clearly in the desert. It’s such an extreme environment—so elemental.”