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November 07, 2011


The Montana Museum of Art & Culture will present a lecture and film, “The Tragedy of Bataan,” by Jan Thompson at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the Masquer Theatre in of the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center at The University of Montana.

The event is held in cooperation with the Montana Broadcast Media Center and is free and open to the public.

“The Tragedy of Bataan” is narrated by Alec Baldwin and features interviews with 22 survivors of the Bataan Death March, including Montana artist Ben Steele. Thompson, the film’s producer, is an associate professor at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and president of the Descendants Group Auxiliary of the American Defenders of Bataan & Corregidor.

The presentation is held in conjunction with the MMAC exhibition “War Torn: The Art of Ben Steele: Paintings and Drawings from the Bataan Death March.”  The exhibition features oil paintings and drawings by World War II veteran Steele.

MMAC’s fall hours are noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday. For more information call 406-243-2019 or go online to


NOTE TO MEDIA: Digital images of select items included in the exhibition are available upon request by calling 406-243-2019.


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Contact: Brandon Reintjes, curator of art, Montana Museum of Art and Culture, 406-243-2019,