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Fourth Annual Public Art Documentary Film Series Starts Jan. 19

Palm Desert — The fourth annual Public Art Documentary Film Series, a joint venture between the city and the University of California, Riverside in Palm Desert, kicks off on Jan. 19.


Screenings are at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of every month through April, in the auditorium at UCR Palm Desert, 75-080 Frank Sinatra Drive.


Admission is free, but reservations are recommended and can be made at (760) 837-1664 or online at


“There is room for 300 people for each film. Usually we come pretty close to filling the reservations, or we reach the maximum,” said Deborah Schwartz, public art coordinator for the city.


There has already been an enthusiastic response to the announcement of the new film series, she said, encouraging anyone interested to make reservations soon.


Each screening will include a featured speaker who will discuss that night’s film.


This year’s scheduled screenings are:


Jan. 19: “Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time.” This is the first major film the internationally known landscape sculptor has allowed to be made about his works.


Featured speaker will be local artist Patrick Blythe, who, Schwartz said, has an in-depth knowledge of Goldsworthy and his work.


Feb. 16: “Tony Cragg: In Celebration of Sculpture,” was shot in New York; California; London; Eindhoven, The Netherlands; and Dusseldorf, Germany as Cragg installed international exhibitions of his work.


March 15: “The Rape of Europa,” a feature documentary that chronicles the story of the theft and destruction by the Third Reich — and sometimes miraculous survival — of Europe’s art treasures during World War II.


April 19: The series ends with “An Evening of Short Films” highlighted by “Dreaming of Spirit Animals: The Glass Art of Cappy Thompson,” a documentary featuring the international glass painter.



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