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Date of Release: 
Friday, October 19, 2018
Contact Info: 

Erika Monroe-Kane, Director of Communications
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Immigration and Labor Expert to Discuss Bisbee ‘17 on Wednesday, October, 24 • Beginning at 7 pm


MADISON, WI—The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art announces that Katherine Benton-Cohen, will attend the Spotlight Cinema screening of Bisbee ’17 and will lead a Q&A afterward. A University of Wisconsin alum, Benton-Cohen played a crucial role in the development of the film and served as its historical advisor. 

Screening on Wednesday, October 24 as a part of MMoCA’s Spotlight Cinema, Bisbee ’17 is not to be missed.  No film has more to say about contemporary America than this documentary reckoning with a little-known atrocity that occurred 100 years ago. In a 1917 Arizona mining town, union busters brought an end to a strike by rounding up over 1,200 immigrant workers and “deporting” them into the desert, where they were left to die. A century later, local historians mount a reenactment with local residents, including the workers’ descendants. Looking back to comment on the present, Bisbee ’17 shows that horrific events like this can happen here—in fact, they already have. “Clearsighted and gratifyingly complicated... every important thing about this movie is still alive” (New York Times).

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Katherine Benton-Cohen served as historical advisor for Bisbee ’17, and is associate professor of history at Georgetown University.  She received her PhD from the Department of History at UW-Madison in 2002, where she wrote her dissertation on what became the book Borderline Americans: Racial Division and Labor War in the Arizona Borderlands (Harvard, 2009). She is also the author of Inventing the Immigration Problem: The Dillingham Commission and Its Legacy (Harvard, 2018). She also writes for popular press, including Lapham’s Quarterly, Huffington Post, and Politico. She currently serves as an Organization of American Historians (OAH) Distinguished Lecturer. She and her husband, a Wisconsin native, live in Washington, DC, with their two sons. 

The Spotlight Cinema series brings the Madison premieres of eight critically-acclaimed and award-winning narrative features and documentaries from around the world. A program of MMoCA, Spotlight Cinema is curated by Mike King. Funding for the series has been provided by maiahaus, Venture Investors, LLC, and an anonymous donor. This film series is one of two presented by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art each year, and follows the summer Rooftop Cinema film series.

Ticket sales begin at 6:30 pm in the museum lobby; films screen at 7 pm in the lecture hall. Admission is free for MMoCA members and $7 per screening for the general public.



OCTOBER 3, 2018 • 7 PM
Skate Kitchen(2018, USA, 105 min., Digital) Dir: Crystal Moselle


OCTOBER 10, 2018 • 7 PM
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (2017, USA/Japan, 102 min., Digital) Dir: Stephen Nomura Schibl


OCTOBER 17, 2018 • 7 PM
Notes on an Appearance (2018, USA, 60 min., Digital) Dir: Ricky D’Ambrose


OCTOBER 24, 2018 • 7 PM
Bisbee ‘17 (2018, USA, 112 min., Digital) Dir: Robert Greene


NOVEMBER 7, 2018 • 7 PM
Too Late to Die Young (2018, Chile/Brazil/Argentina/Netherlands/Qatar, 110 min., Digital) Dir: Dominga Sotomayor


NOVEMBER 14, 2018 • 7 PM
John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (2018, France, 95 min., Digital) Dir: Julien Faraut


NOVEMBER 28, 2018 • 7 PM
3 Faces (2018, Iran, 100 min., Digital) Dir: Jafar Panahi


DECEMBER 5, 2018 • 7 PM
Hale County This Morning, This Evening(2018, USA, 76 min., Digital) Dir: RaMell Ross



Housed in a soaring, Cesar Pelli-designed building, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art provides free exhibitions and education programs that engage people in modern and contemporary art. The museum’s four galleries offer changing exhibitions that feature established and emerging artists. The Rooftop Sculpture Garden provides an urban oasis with an incredible view. The museum is open: Tuesday through Thursday, noon–5 pm; Friday, noon–8 pm; Saturday, 10 am–8 pm; Sunday, noon–5 pm; and is closed on Mondays.     

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