Press Releases

Date of Release: 
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Contact Info: 

Katie Kazan, Director of Public Information 
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Sheri Castelnuovo, Curator of Education
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Experimental Film Series

Experimental Film Series Continues at the 
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

MADISON, WI -- Spotlight Film & Video continues this spring at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art with a schedule of entertaining and challenging works by some of the most exciting artists working with motion pictures today. Programs are screened in the MMoCA lecture hall on alternate Thursdays beginning February 28, 2008.

Thursday, February 28 · 7 pm
Ryan Trecartin: I--BE AREA 2007
 (108 minutes)

“What would happen if all the characters appearing in those flickering videos on YouTube got together and decided to put on a show? They might look like the films of Ryan Trecartin, the 26-year-old wunderkind who was the youngest artist in the 2006 Whitney Biennial. Trecartin makes movies with a pack of friends who embody the clones, poseurs, avatars and wanna--bes of contemporary internet culture. The plots are slippery and almost non--narrative, but his style is so original and refreshing that the work could never be called boring. Often, in fact, it's downright thrilling.”
-- Barbara Pollack, Time Out New York, September 27, 2007

Thursday, March 13 · 7 pm
Films and Videos by Michael Robinson
 (75 minutes)
Michael Robinson will attend the screening

“The films and videos of Michael Robinson are a deft mix of stunning beauty and nervy wit. He combines lush, often optically printed imagery with the electric fuzz of video--games, old movie footage, and dusty magazine layouts in pop--song scored cine--ballads that are at once cynical and sincere. The sitcom--perfect world of Full House devours itself in the demonic Light is Waiting(2007); National Geographic centerfolds unfurl into oblivion in You Don't Bring Me Flowers (2005); and a radio tunes in karaoke transmissions from beyond in the elegiac And We All Shine On(2006).”
-- Amy Beste, Conversations at the Edge, Gene Siskel Film Center, 2007

Thursday, March 27 · 7 pm
Films by J.J. Murphy (
75 minutes)
J.J. Murphy will attend the screening

“Though he's perhaps best--known for Print Generation, in which the imagery of a one--minute piece of film, re--photographed fifty times over, becomes entirely abstract, J.J. Murphy's body of work encompasses a number of remarkable and beautiful films, in a variety of styles and modes. His structuralist bona--fides are amply demonstrated by Print Generation, but an encounter with his other films reveals his remarkable wit and formal range. From the minimalistic simplicity ofHighway Landscape, and the found--footage inventiveness of Science Fiction, to the disarmingly comical yet quizzical beauty of the great Sky Blue Water Light Sign, J.J. Murphy's films are as essential as they are difficult to pigeon--hole.”
-- Anthology Film Archives, New York, March 2008

Thursday, April 10 · 7 pm
Leslie Thorton: Peggy and Fred in Hell
  (95 minutes)

“In Leslie Thornton's lifetime project, Peggy and Fred in Hell, an improvisational approach to narrative, biography and pop--cultural debris evokes an atmosphere that hovers somewhere between mystery, fear and freedom. It centers around two children who have aged along with the project and are now young adults; they seem to exist solely for themselves in an alien, autonomous habitat.”
-- documenta 12 Film Program, June 2007

Spotlight Film & Video is programmed by Eric Crosby, a film studies PhD candidate in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Admission to Spotlight Film & Video is free for MMoCA members and $5 per screening ($15 for the entire series) for the general public. Tickets may be purchased at the door 30 minutes before each screening is scheduled to begin.

Spotlight Film & Video is part of the Lussier Family Film Series and is a program of the MMoCA education department; the spring program has also been generously supported by Theodora Zehner.


Hours at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art are Tuesday--Wednesday (11 am-5 pm); Thursday--Friday (11 am-8 pm); Saturday (10 am-8 pm); and Sunday (noon-5 pm). The museum is closed on Mondays.

Admission to exhibitions at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is free of charge. MMoCA is supported through memberships and through generous contributions and grants from individuals, corporations, agencies, and foundations. Important support is also generated through auxiliary group programs; special events; rental of the museum's lobby, lecture hall, and rooftop garden; and sales through the Museum Store.

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