Museum Guest Lecture On Ancient Rock Art

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)–Paul Goldsmith, award-winning cinematographer, will give a guest lecture about ancient rock art at the San Bernardino County Museum on Wednesday, May 22, at 7:30 p.m. The lecture is open to the public at no cost.

“I will show a clip of our film, “Talking Stone,” on Coso Rock Art. The film explores a site on the China Lake Naval Weapons Testing Base that is all but inaccessible and contains perhaps the largest concentration of rock art in the world,” said Goldsmith. “The images are mysterious, some are scary, many are of bighorn sheep, and all of them are messages from the deep past. I will discuss what I have learned from talking to archaeologists, an astronomer, a psychologist, an artist, big horn sheep hunters, and Kawaiisu elders.”

Goldsmith is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers and has received a number of awards for his work as a director of photography. His most recent television documentary, “Two Days in October” (PBS, dir: Robert Kenner), won an Emmy and a Peabody in 2006. Paul also won the 1998 Emmy for Documentary Cinematography for “Don’t Say Goodbye” (PBS/National Geographic). Earlier, Paul was a cinematographer on the feature documentary “When We Were Kings” (dir: Leon Gast), about the Ali–Foreman fight in Zaire, which won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in 1996.

Among Paul’s feature credits are “Jeremy” (dir: Arthur Barron, Camera D’Or, Cannes) and “Shock To The System” (dir. Jan Egleson, starring Michael Caine). Among other television credits, he was director of photography of the series “Max Headroom” (Lorimar ABC), and the PBS special “Men In Crisis” (PBS, directed by and starring Woody Allen). As a member of TVTV (a seminal guerilla television group) he co-produced a number of TV specials including “The Lord of the Universe” (PBS) which won a Columbia DuPont Award and “Hard Rain” (NBC, for Bob Dylan). He has received grants for two short documentaries which he is currently at work on when he is not booked on commercials.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. Parking is free. For more information, visit The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services’ telephone number is 909-307-2669 ext. 229 or (TDD) 909-792-1462.

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