Performing Arts - Other | April 14 | 6 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Mr. Akita is a satire about life, sex, art, masculinity, ego, expectations, failure, disillusionment, and the sublime, written and directed by Los Angelesbased artist Asher Hartman and performed by San Franciscobased artist Cliff Hengst. This one-man performance introduces a nameless middle-aged man in a black professional suit reminiscing about his past, specifically a convoluted relationship with his art school professor Mr. Akita. The professors character evokes the great Modernist paintersin particular Willem de Kooning, with his Dutch-American accenteven though Mr. Akita happens to be a dog. Across the gallery from the protagonist hangs a large painting with a bright white sunburst radiating from its center, Sun Burn (Split) 1 by Emily Joyce. The man engages the painting in a dialogue about his evocative journey in search of existential answers through the lens of art.
Tickets go on Sale April 1st. Please purchase them using the link below.
Please arrive early, no late admissions. Performance not suitable for children. Buy tickets online