One of the highlights of Palm Springs Modernism Week 2015 was the presentation with Gary Johns, of The Paul Kaplan Group, celebrating Slim Aarons' famous photograph, "Poolside Gossip." The Paul Kaplan Group was proud to be a sponsor of this evening and support Gary Johns and to thank him for his countless hours of research that he put into this memorable presentation.
Background: Modernism Week in Palm Springs provides unique exhibits, lectures and tours that celebrate the mid-century lifestyle exemplified by our desert community.
There are images we have in our collective minds that can capture moments in time, most of which are related to milestones in history. Some of the most universally recognized photographs could include the "Times Square Kiss' in New York City on V-J Day in 1945, Marilyn Monroe's dress being blown upward to reveal her stunning legs in 1955's Seven Year Itch, or the planting of the U.S. flag on the moon by astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong in 1969. These are but a few examples of the indelible images that can give us pause and bond us with a sense of time and history.
We are fortunate here in Palm Springs to have our own beloved iconic image - Poolside Gossip, photographed by the legendary Slim Aarons in 1970. Mr. Aarons, who was an iconic figure himself, was once quoted to say that he specialized in "photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places". The setting for his photo was the Kaufman House, which was owned at the time by Nelda Linsk, one of the models in the photo. Considered a masterpiece, The Kaufman House is one of the most recognized and prized examples of mid-century modern architecture in town. Designed by Richard Neutra, it was once owned by singer Barry Manilow. Current owner, Brent Harris has meticulously restored it to its original glory.
If you've studied the culture or history of our desert community, you've certainly seen this photograph that captures a moment in time of a bygone era. This year, during modernism Week, you'll be able to tak part in an event that will bring this setting back to life as never before. Nearly 45 years after Aarons took his famous picture, the ladies portrayed in the photograph will reunite on stage to share their remembrances of the afternoon this historical image was captured. This very special event, taking place at the Annenberg Theater, will showcase Ms. Linsk and Helen "Dzo Dzo" Kaptur, who also posed poolside at the Kaufmann House, along with others who were featured in the photograph.
This event will by Modernism Week Board Member Gary Johns, who is also an agent specializing in mid-century architecture with The Paul Kaplan Group. The discussion will focus on their stories of life at the time and the gossip they recall of the era. They will reminisce on how they lived and enjoyed life in Palm Springs at the end of the 1960s. It will be a quintessential snapshot into our community's past.
In addition to the discussion, there is an option to attend a cocktail reception immediately afterward where you can rub elbows with these fabulous ladies. Tickets are very limited to this once-in-a-lifetime event. For more information, visit ModernismWeek.com.
Prints of Poolside Gossip are available for purchase from The Paul Kaplan Group- click here for more info.
Written by John R White of The Paul Kaplan Group, Inc.