Desert X is back for 2023.

Sleeping Figure by Matt Johnson, Desert X 2023
Lance Gerber, courtesy the artist and Desert X

There are so many reasons that the Palm Springs area is a must-visit right now—the weather is absolutely gorgeous, there are so many new restaurants, and it’s an epicenter for cultural moments, like the Coachella Valley Music and Arts festival in April and Desert X, which runs through May 7.

I recently got to visit Desert X (a first time for me!) and it was such an awe-inspiring experience. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s an art exhibition that takes place all over the Coachella Valley that’s open to the public and admission is free. The artists’ works are located in different locations throughout the area, so essentially, you can spend a whole day driving to the spots and taking in the art, all without spending a dime. 

Like previous exhibitions, Desert X 2023 looks at social and environmental themes. And this year the focus is “on the changes that give form to a world increasingly shaped by climate crisis, globalism, and the political and economic migrations that follow in their wake.” Curated by Artistic Director Neville Wakefield and Co-curator Diana Campbell, the works span sculpture, painting, writing, architecture, film, music, and more with 12 artists from Europe, North America, and South Asia participating. There is also an emotionally moving installation that honors Tyre Nichols, the 29-year-old Black man who died in January after a brutal beating by Memphis police officers. Photography was one of Nichols’s passions and six of his photographs are featured on billboards along North Gene Autry Trail, between Via Escuela and the I-10.

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If you want to plan a visit, go to to check out the map of the 2023 installations and for more information on how to experience the exhibition. Visiting hours are normally sunrise to sunset Sunday through Saturday (unless otherwise noted) and docents are at most sites every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

Get a peek at the works and their official descriptions below.

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