Monochrome Monday – The Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Museum


Noah Purifoy (1917 – 2004) was an American assemblage artist who tackled issues of race and society. He spent the last 15 years of his life working on 10 acres in Joshua Tree, California. That space is now the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Museum (click here for the website). It is, without a doubt, worth the bumpy off-road trip (navigable by regular car). His assemblages will stay with you long after you leave.


I missed Silent Sunday because of travel – so it became a Monochrome Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend.


  1. You are welcome! My friend and I visited just ahead of a large (and rare) rain storm out in the desert, so we didn’t get to spend as long as we would have liked. (It also made the dirt-road situation a little more of an adventure!) I do plan to go back – there was too much to see in one visit anyway.


  2. I went on many trips with my Dad into the Aussie outback so I have fond memories of bumpy off-road tracks. Noah Purifoy’s museum looks wonderful; thanks for letting us know about it Marcy.


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