Public Art Documentary Film Series

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Discover inspiring and thought-provoking cinema at the 2017 Palm Desert Public Art Documentary Film Series. Beginning in January, the public is invited to a ninth season of free screenings of art-themed documentaries presented by the City’s Public Art Department and the University of California, Riverside Palm Desert Graduate Center. Each screening will include either a featured speaker who will discuss that night’s film or a special presentation.  

Palm Desert Public Art Film Series Q&A, Deborah Schwartz Glickman, Dr. Steven Nash

2017 Series Schedule

All films screen the third Thursday of the month, January through April, at 6 p.m. in the auditorium at UCR Palm Desert, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive.

Stealing Klimt
January 19

The film focuses on the long struggle of Maria Altmann to recover five Gustav Klimt paintings stolen from her family by the Nazis in 1938. The paintings included the iconic Woman in Gold, a portrait of Maria's aunt, Adele Bloch-Bauer, which became known as the "Mona Lisa of Austria."

A question and answer session with Donald S. Burris, Managing Partner, Burris, Schoenberg & Walden, will follow the screening.

Pilchuck, A Dance with Fire
February 16

Since its founding by iconic figure Dale Chihuly and a few art school friends in 1971, the Pilchuck Glass School has been pushing the limits of a medium that can last centuries or shatter in an instant. Pilchuck, A Dance with Fire identifies the remarkable convergence of visionary individuals, regional culture, and fortunate timing to explain the blossoming of Pilchuck and the studio glass movement.

Featured speaker: Artist Patrick Blythe

Bending Sticks: The Sculpture of Patrick Dougherty
March 16

In a career spanning four continents and three decades, internationally acclaimed environmental artist Patrick Dougherty has created over 200 majestic sculptures out of nothing more than saplings. Bending Sticks follows Dougherty and his collaborators during a year of “stickwork” revealing his creative process, inspirations, thoughts about the temporary nature of his work, and unusual personal story.

Featured speaker: Katherine Hough, Chief Curator, Palm Springs Art Museum

Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson
April 20

Edith Lake Wilkinson moved from West Virginia to New York by herself in 1888 to study at the Art Students’ League. Packed in a Trunk depicts Edith’s great-niece, Jane Anderson (Emmy-winning writer & director) two-year exploration as she seeks recognition for her great-aunt’s life’s work.

Instead of a featured speaker, the film will be preceded by an awards ceremony for the UCR Palm Desert/ Palm Springs Art Museum Artists Council Spring Exhibit People’s Choice Award.

Attending the Event

Film screenings are free, but reservations are recommended.  To make a reservation, visit the UCR Palm Desert events website. For questions or more information, please call 760-837-1663.