Diana Campbell to Co-curate Desert X 2023 with Artistic Director Neville Wakefield

Diana Campbell

After welcoming over 650,000 to Desert X 2021 and more than 1.25 million to our three previous exhibitions in the Coachella Valley, we are pleased to announced the dates for our fourth exhibition in the Coachella Valley, March 4 – May 7, 2023.

The newly appointed Desert X 2023 co-curator Diana Campbell is the founding artistic director of Dhaka-based Samdani Art Foundation in Bangladesh and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit and is credited with its development into a leading research and exhibitions platform. Campbell has been working in South and Southeast Asia since 2010 and is committed to fostering a transnational art world and to amplifying the reach of indigenous voices in the art world, inspired by her cultural background as a member of the CHamoru diaspora from Guam.

We have confirmed the election of three new board members, expanding the Desert X leadership to 16 members. Joining the board are Jarvis Crawford, Community Center Manager at the James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center for the City of Palm Springs Parks & Recreation Department; Nicholas Galanin, Desert X 2021 artist; and Commissioner Guillermo “Bill” Sanchez, chairman, Riverside County Planning Commission, principal of Capital Building Services in Rancho Mirage and partner at Memo Design, an architectural design firm.

Mara Gladstone, who led the public and educational programming for the exhibition in 2021, has been named to the newly-created position of deputy director and head of programs. Gladstone was previously a curator at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Diane Mailey, who most recently was director of the Institute at the Golden Gate, a program of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy in San Francisco, has been named director of development. Gladstone and Mailey join an expanding and accomplished executive and curatorial team led by Artistic Director Neville Wakefield and Executive Director Jenny Gil.

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