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Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum

63030 Blair Lane, Joshua Tree, California 92252 USA

“7.5 acres of desert sculpture!”

Noah Purifoy's "Outdoor Desert Art Museum" is 7.5 acres of open land displaying Purifoy's assemblage sculptures, all created on-site between 1989 and 2004. Purifoy’s work has been shown widely throughout the country and internationally, and is held in collections at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Corcoran Gallery, the Oakland Museum, and the California African American Museum, among others. Recent group exhibitions include Now Dig This: Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980, UCLA Hammer Museum, October 2, 2011- January 8, 2012 (traveling to MOMA PS1); Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in Painting and Sculpture: 1950-1970, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, October 1, 2011- February 5, 2012, traveling to Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, March 15-June 10, 2012; Places of Validation Art and Progression, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, September 29, 2011-April 1, 2012; and Civic Virtue: The Impact of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and the Watts Towers Arts Center, Watts Towers Art Center, Los Angeles, December 17, 2011 - February 12, 2012.

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Reviewed by
nataliejgarcia

  • 12 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
May 24, 2014

This is a GREAT stop if you're near Palm Springs or on your way to Yucca Valley or Joshua Tree. Not only is it free, but there is an informational sheet at the entrance so you can give yourself a tour. Other people may recognize this artist as the man who created the Watts Towers in LA, before he retired to the desert. This stop is not very far from the 29 Palms Freeway. Enjoy!

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Reviewed by
shoneequah

  • 9 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
September 02, 2014
Rated 3.0

Very strange little place but very cool to see. I went in the middle of the day but was sort of wishing I had gone in the morning or evening when the sun was at more of an angle. Would have made the experience moodier. :)

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
patchouli

  • 4 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
May 28, 2014

Very cool,happy to have seen in person

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Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum

63030 Blair Lane
Joshua Tree, California
92252 USA

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