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Desert X

A Film Screening

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

NAS Building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Fred Kavli Auditorium

Free. Photo ID and registration required.

Join us for the D.C. premier of a new documentary film about Desert X. Taking the vast, strange and often contradictory desert landscape as its canvas, the inaugural Desert X, curated by Artistic Director Neville Wakefield, explored the familiar and the unknown through an exhibition of public art installations situated at sites across the California Desert.

Installations featured in the film include Will Boone's Monument, an underground bunker located off Ramon Road in Rancho Mirage, Sherin Guirguis’s One I Call at Whitewater Preserve, Claudia Comte’s Curves and Zig Zags and Phillip K. Smith III's The Circle of Land and Sky in Palm Desert. Desert X is a site-specific, contemporary art biennial that first took place in the spring of 2017. Sixteen artists from different parts of the world were invited to create new works in response to the unique conditions of the Coachella Valley.

Washington, D.C. Premiere. Run Time: 51 Minutes.

Image: Claudia Comte, Curves and Zig Zags, courtesy KCET, photo by Lance Gerber.

This screening is organized by Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences. It is part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital. Desert X film producer KCETLink Media Group is a leading national independent nonprofit public broadcast and digital network. This film is from their ARTBOUND series which explores California’s arts and culture.

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