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Fine Art and Film Meet at UCR Palm Desert

UC Riverside's Palm Desert campus announces final marquee for it's fine art documentary series.

Fans of art, cinema and the intersection of both will enjoy the final installment of the free Public Art Documentary Series, which will take place at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, April 19 at UCR Palm Desert. The event will feature three short films, followed by a question-and-answer period with Dr. Steven Nash, executive director of the Palm Springs Art Museum. 

Dreaming of Spirit Animals: The Glass Art of Cappy Thompson, (25 minutes) -- A documentary about an internationally renowned glass painter in the Pacific Northwest. Artist Thompson created the largest hand-painted narrative stained glass window in the United States -- a window that is 90 ft. long by 33 ft. high. The film chronicles the work, from a dream in 2000 all the way to the unveiling in 2004. 

Jim Dine Poet Singing (The Flowering Sheets) (10 minutes) -- A documentary on Jim Dine’s creative process for his 2008 installation for the Museum at the Getty Villa. The first contemporary art project at the Villa, the work presents new sculpture and poetry inspired by ancient objects in the Museum's collection.   

Marfa Voices (25 minutes) -- A documentary by Donald Judd’s daughter Rainer that gives a particularly intimate and unique glimpse into the world of the artist. One of the most influential artists of the 20th Century, Donald Judd shared his artistic vision and process with those working around him. The film features excerpts from interviews with these individuals, each of whom has a unique and invaluable perspective into Judd’s artistic philosophy and working method. This film was selected to be shown because of the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert’s Donald Judd installation at the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden at the Eric Johnson Memorial Gardens. 

The films will be screened inside the auditorium at UCR Palm Desert, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended by clicking here.

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