Jori Finkel wrote, were stacked against Desert X this year.

But the biennial art exhibition was also well-suited to the pandemic: The show is made up of site-specific public installations.

Neville Wakefield, who is Desert X’s artistic director and co-curator of its third edition, said its organizers never considered canceling.

“While museums in L.A. have been closed for a year, we felt a responsibility to do what our walled institutions couldn’t and nourish the need for culture,” he told Jori.

Read more about Desert X.


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