Carmen Argote: A Vast Furniture - Opening Program
preparing for the weekend
saturday, may 23, 2015

Please join us for a tour, potluck, and overnight campout to welcome A Vast Furniture, an installation by Carmen Argote, to Wonder Valley!  Feast and sleep under the stars in the “Schindler House,” transposed to a remote destination in the Mojave Desert community of Wonder Valley.
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Beginning at 6:00 pm, with a guided tour at 7:00 pm
Iron Age Road, Wonder Valley
If you are planning on attending the A Vast Furniture opening program, please read this important information before you hit the road:
  • Arrive at the site before dark.  This event is taking place at High Desert Test Sites' most remote parcel, Iron Age Road in Wonder Valley (allow about 45 minutes to get from downtown Joshua Tree to the site.)  
  • Print out or write down driving directions before you hit the road.  Mobile GPS devices can be unreliable.  Directions: From Twentynine Palms continue east on 29 Palms Hwy. Drive forever (23 miles) and look for the sign for Ironage Road. Turn left onto the dirt road right after the sign for Ironage. Reset your odometer and drive 1.3 miles (look for a small HDTS sign on your right/the east side of the road). Park at the side of the road - be sure to leave enough room for cars to pass!  Walk about 500 feet east, following the wash.
  • Dress in layers.  Although the forecast predicts highs in the low/mid 80s, winds can pick up and temperatures can dip at night.  (The temperature in Wonder Valley is usually a few degrees warmer than Joshua Tree.)
  • Pack lots of food to share.  Saturday’s dinner will be a communal potluck, which means bring something to share for at least 4-6 persons (email us if you need suggestions– hearty salads, a pot of chili, and simple things you can eat with your hands always work well!)  Don't forget your favorite camping chair, picnic blankets, camping stove, plate/bowl/utensils for yourself.  We will have some tables and light refreshments on hand, but the rest is up to you!  (There are few services in Wonder Valley - the closest is The Palms Restaurant & Saloon (they cook up great homemade burgers and our favorite Sunday Breakfast–but call ahead to inquire about hours and food service, as sometimes they run out on busy weekends!)
  • No open fires.  We will have one central, contained campfire going–extra firewood is welcome!  
  • Fill up on fuel, water, food, and supplies before leaving Twentynine Palms.  There are no gas stations or convenience stores once you leave Twentynine Palms.  
  • Be smart.  Leave no trace.  Be respectful.  Be prepared.  Be aware of your surroundings.  And don’t hesitate to jump in and help out if you see someone who needs a hand.
  • Things you will probably want to bring: lots of food, water, a sleeping bag/tent if you are camping, a flashlight, a hat, sunscreen, trash bags for your refuse, sturdy shoes, camping chairs, picnic blankets, an ice chest, plates/bowls/utensils, driving directions, a map, firewood to share, and be sure to fill up on gas!

Learn more about A Vast Furniture: Installation by Carmen Argote.

A Vast Furniture is presented by the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House and High Desert Test Sites, and is organized by Anthony Carfello, Adam Peña, and Aurora Tang.  Special thanks to Kip Fjeld, Stephanie Smith, and volunteer Cori Williams.