Bakersfield Mist: An Obermann Talkback with Riverside Theatre

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 7:30pm
Riverside Theatre
213 N. Gilbert St.
Iowa City, IA 52245

The Obermann Center is pleased to sponsor talkbacks during Riverside Theatre's 2017-18 season. Featuring University of Iowa faculty, students, and staff, as well as community partners, these talks will provide a space for reflection and conversation. 

In this first talkback of the series, two guest speakers will reflect on different aspects of Bakersfield Mist—in particular, questions the play raises about class, truth, and the value and meaning of art. In conversation with Riverside’s Artistic Director Sean Lewis, Tonya Kehoe will share her experiences as a painter, illustrator, photographer, and art instructor, and Joyce Tsai will share her scholarship of the avant-garde and her experience as curator of the UI Museum of Art, whose collection includes Jackson Pollock’s 1943 Mural

About the play:
Inspired by true events, Bakersfield Mist is the story of Maude Gutman, an unemployed, chain-smoking ex-bartender living in a run-down California trailer park, who believes the painting she bought in a thrift store for $3 is really an undiscovered Jackson Pollock masterpiece worth millions. When stuffy New York art expert Lionel Percy arrives to evaluate the work, the result is a fiery and often hilarious debate over class, truth, value and the meaning of art.

Those interested in attending the talkback should plan to attend the play at 7:30 on 9/22; the talkback will begin after the performance.

For tickets, contact the Riverside Theatre box office at 319-338-7672.

About the guest speakers:
Tonya Kehoe is Professor of Art at Kirkwood Community College and has headed the Iowa City Campus Art Department. She has been teaching 2-D studio art and Art 101 for 15 years and has received two national teaching awards, although her favorite accolade is witnessing her students’ personal growth through artmaking. Tonya is a fine art painter, photographer, and illustrator who occasionally dabbles in performance art. She is also a mother, Reiki practitioner, and medicinal aromatherapist. To learn more about her projects and creative process, follow her on Facebook at Tonya Kehoe Art. 

Joyce Tsai is Curator at the University of Iowa Museum of Art and Clinical Associate Professor of Art Education at the UI College of Education. Her curatorial projects, research, and teaching center on the history and theory of the avant-garde, artistic engagement with technology, and on the integration of art conservation and conservation science in our understanding of artworks as material objects that change over time. She has published widely on a range of topics, from the impact of military training on artistic practice to the history, material science, and meaning of plastics in modern art.

Co-sponsored by Riverside Theatre and the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies