The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens withdrew from its partnership with Desert X to host Chicago’s smoke-based artwork after a local journalist said it could endanger animals.
The Palm Springs City Council worried that sponsorship would be read as implicit approval of the biennial’s partnership with Saudi Arabia.
Ed Ruscha, Yael Lipschutz, and Tristan Milanovich say the Saudi government’s violations of human rights and the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi prompted their resignations.
For a site-specific art exhibition that claims to be about attention to the environment, Desert X 2019 seems surprisingly insensitive to context.
The second edition of Desert X is a manifesto for poetical activism, tangled between nature and urban development.