April 18-23, 2017
University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts

Suzanne Bocanegra

Bodycast an Artist Lecture by Suzanne Bocanegra Starring Lili Taylor

Inspired by the two teenage years visual artist Suzanne Bocanegra spent in a body cast due to scoliosis, Bodycast is an inventive theatricalization of the ubiquitous “artist talk.” Part performance and part essay, Bocanegra uses the format to explore how and why she became an artist. It is a sequel of sorts to Bocanegra’s work […]

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Inspired by the two teenage years visual artist Suzanne Bocanegra spent in a body cast due to scoliosis, Bodycast is an inventive theatricalization of the ubiquitous “artist talk.” Part performance and part essay, Bocanegra uses the format to explore how and why she became an artist. It is a sequel of sorts to Bocanegra’s work When a Priest Marries a Witch, which used a similar approach to explore her Texas upbringing and had its premiere in 2010 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Exploring topics as disparate as Roman art, Rose queens, and Texas drill teams, Bodycast mines specific details of Bocanegra’s life to create a more general meditation on art-making and shifting ideals of feminine beauty.

Performed by film and television actress Lili Taylor (Mystic Pizza, Say Anything…, I Shot Andy Warhol, Six Feet Under, The Haunting), the story of Bocanegra’s Bodycast takes on a new life, with the phantom presence of the artist herself looming in the sidelines.

About The Artist

Suzanne Bocanegra is an artist living and working in New York City. Bocanegra’s work has been seen in exhibitions in the United States and abroad, in such venues as the Serpentine Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Hayward Gallery in London, the Armand Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia. A major show of Bocanegra’s work titled I Write the Songs opened at the Tang Museum in July 2010 and traveled to Site Santa Fe in 2011.

Bocanegra’s lecture/performance When a Priest Marries a Witch, an artist Lecture by Suzanne Bocanegra starring Paul Lazar, premiered at MoMA in 2010 and traveled to the Wexner Center, the Performing Garage, James Cohan Gallery, Princeton, Brown, and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, among others. When a Priest Marries a Witch was filmed at The Performing Garage and will be released this spring. Her most recent piece Bodycast, an artist lecture by Suzanne Bocanegra starring Frances McDormand, premiered at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh and had its New York premiere as part of the Next Wave Festival at BAM in 2013.

A recipient of the Rome Prize, she has received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Tiffany Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.