Pink Hot Tub, Bobbie’s Buckeye Bar and Brothel, Tonopah, Nevada
Archival Inkjet Print
14 x 22 inches
BIO: Michael Bosworth is an artist and educator based in Buffalo, NY. Currently a professor at Villa Maria College, Bosworth received his MFA in photography from the University of New Mexico, a BFA in Art and a BA in English from the University at Buffalo. He has participated in two recent biennials, The Other New York (Syracuse, NY) and Beyond/In Western New York (Buffalo, NY). He has exhibited work at galleries such as the Charles Bank Gallery, Sean Kelly Gallery (New York, NY), Albright-Knox Art Gallery, CEPA Gallery, Hallwalls, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Big Orbit Gallery (Buffalo, NY), Visual Studies Workshop (Rochester, NY). www.aesthetocracy.com
STATEMENT: Mary “Bobbie” Duncan Himes was born June 25, 1915, in Billings, Montana. She owned and operated the Buckeye Bar and Brothel in Tonopah, Nevada from 1941 until her death in 1989. She is buried in the Tonopah cemetery. Clarita Fazzari owned and operated the Buckeye after Bobbie died, however, the bar closed in the late 1990s when she was denied a brothel license renewal.
Representative of many of Nevada’s brothels, the structure of Bobbie’s Buckeye is comprised of groups of camping trailers and double-wides assembled together in the hills just outside of town. The pink hot tub is located in a section of the compound adjacent to the bar. The photograph is from a series exploring the closed and abandoned brothels throughout the state.