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Never the Same: The Prisoner of War Experience

Please join us for a special film screening event at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 10th in the Masquer Theatre in the PARTV Center as MMAC presents Never the Same: The Prisoner of War Experience with narrator and award-winning actress Loretta Swit and director Jan Thompson. Presented in conjunction with our current exhibition Human Condition: The Art of Ben Steele, the film will be followed by a Q-and-A session with our special guests. 


A Meet & Greet party with Swit and Thompson will take place before the screening from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Missoula Children's Theatre. Tickets to the party cost $25 each and may be reserved by calling 406-243-2019.  Proceeds will benefit the American Defenders of Bataan & Corregidor Memorial Society and MMAC.  

Image: Top - Portrait, Loretta Swit, Bottom - Still photo from Never The Same
Header Images:  Left: Portrait Ben Steele circa 1940, Right: Ben Steele, The Bataan Death March, oil on panel, n.d., 30 x 48 inches 

Special Events:

Docent Tour:

Friday, August 7th, 5 - 6pm

UM PARTV Center - Paxson and Meloy Galleries

Join one of our special docent led tours to learn more about our current exhibitions. Group meets in the lobby of the PARTV Center before touring the current exhibitions in the galleries.


Never the Same Meet & Greet Party:

Thursday, September 10th, 5:30 - 6:30pm

Missoula Children's Theatre Lobby

Join award-winning actress Loretta Swit and documentary director Jan Thompson for a Meet & Greet Party. Tickets are $25 and proceeds benefit the American Defenders of Bataan & Corregidor Memorial Society as well as MMAC. This is a fun way to kick off the evening before attending our free film screening.


Film Screening:

Never the Same

Thursday, September 10th, 7pm

UM PARTV Center - Masquer Theater

More than 20 years in the making, this innovative documentary depicts the experience of American prisoners of war held by the Japanese during World War II. Conversation after the screening with narrator, award-winning actress Loretta Swit from the MASH television series, and the film's 

director, Jan Thompson.


Opening Reception:

The Intimate Diebenkorn: Works on Paper 1949 - 1992

Thursday, September 24, 5 - 7pm

UM PARTV Center Lobby

MMAC is proud to be one of only four venues to host this national traveling exhibition of rare works on paper by Richard Diebenkorn which portray a richly intimate glimpse into the artist's evolution spanning more than 40 years. This exhibition features 52 pieces, many of which have never been publicly viewed. The exhibition was curated by Chester Arnold, chair of the Fine Arts Department of College of Marin, courtesy of the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation. Join us for the opening reception that includes light refreshments and live music as we celebrate this groundbreaking show.


Image Above: Ben Steele, The Hold of a Hell Ship, Being Transported to Japan in July 1944, Oil on Canvas, n.d. Image Right: Richard Diebenkorn, Untitled, c. 1988-92, gouache, pasted paper, graphite and crayon on paper, 9 1/2 x 6 5/16 inches (24.1 x 16 cm), The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation,

Photograph copyright (c) The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation

Public Tour Offered August 7th

Start your First Friday art walk off with MMAC's docent led tour of the current exhibitions Hometown: Images of Missoula From the MMAC Permanent Collection and Human Condition: The Art of Ben Steele on August 7th.  This starts at 5pm and meets in the lobby of PARTV before continuing through the galleries.  This is our last public tour before the close of these shows September 12th, so grab a friend and come learn about these amazing artists and artworks that make up MMAC's Permanent Collection.
MMAC's Commitment to Public Education: Art is the Lens
Thanks again to Professor Henry Freedman for his insightful lecture on the history of war in art. MMAC is committed to enhancing the public's knowledge of art through free events like this one. Thanks to everyone who attended and we look forward to offering more events like this in the fall.  Stay tuned! 
Image: Professor Henry Freedman discusses depictions of war in art in the Masquer Theatre.  (Credit: Katie Marshall)

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