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Palm Desert's Public Art Documentary Film Series Is Back

Post Date:01/02/2019

Palm Desert’s Art Documentary Film Series returns for its 11th year in 2019 with a fresh lineup of compelling films designed for lovers of inspiring and thought provoking cinema.

The free, art-themed documentary series begins January 17 with a screening of Desert X: Land Art at the Edge of the City. This KCET Artbound episode explores the 2017 Desert X Exhibition, which included 16 works of art that were on display throughout the Coachella Valley from February 25 to April 30. Artists highlighted in the episode include Doug Aitken, Lita Albuquerque, Claudia Compte, Armando Lerma, Jeffrey Gibson, Phillip K. Smith, and more. A question and answer session with Jenny Gil, executive director for Desert X, will follow the screening.

The documentary film series is presented by the City of Palm Desert Public Art Department and the University of California, Riverside Palm Desert Graduate Center. Films screen selected Thursdays, January through April, at 6 p.m. in the auditorium at UCR Palm Desert, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive. Each screening will include a featured speaker who will answer questions about that night’s film. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. For more information and reservations, please call the Palm Desert Public Art Department at 760-837-1663 or register online at

Additional films include:

February 21
Eames: The Architect and the Painter
The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames were America's most influential and important industrial designers. Eames: The Architect & The Painter draws from a treasure trove of archival material, as well as new interviews with friends, colleagues, and experts to capture the personal story of Charles and Ray while placing them firmly in the context of their fascinating times.

March 21
AS IS by Nick Cave
In 2015, visual artist Nick Cave traveled to Shreveport, Louisiana to begin an eight month art project leading up to a one-time multimedia performance using hundreds of people from the local community. This behind the scenes documentary shows how one man brought people from all walks of life together using the power of art.

April 25
Herb & Dorothy 50 x 50

In 2008, legendary art collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel made an announcement that stunned the art world. The retired postal worker (Herb) and librarian (Dorothy), who built a world-class art collection on their humble salaries, gave that collection to the public. Developed as the follow-up film to Megumi Sasaki’s award-winning 2008 documentary Herb & Dorothy, Herb & Dorothy 50 X 50 captures the last chapter of the Vogel’s extraordinary life, raising various questions on art, and what it takes to support art in today’s society.