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Backyard Oasis: The Swimming Pool in Southern California Photography, 1945-1982

Michael Childers, The Hockney Swimmer, 1978

Free admission to museum on Thursdays from 4-8. Make it a great evening by visiting the exhibits on Thursday afternoon before strolling one block to Palm Canyon to the Palm Springs VillageFest, the weekly Street Festival in Palm Spirings.

As part of the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A., 1945-1980 regional initiative, Backyard Oasis examines swimming pools in photographs from 1945 to 1982 as visual analogs of the ideals and expectations associated with Southern California. These images of individual water-based environs in the arid landscape are an integral part of the region’s identity, a microcosm of the hopes and disillusionments of the country’s post-World War II ethos. As a private setting, the backyard pool became a stage for sub-culture rituals and clandestine desires. read more