April 18-23, 2017
University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
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An Artist Lecture by Suzanne Bocanegra Starring Lili Taylor

Farmhouse/Whorehouse

Lili Taylor performs Suzanne Bocanegra’s newest lecture as Suzanne Bocanegra.
Using text, song, costume, film, and projections, Farmhouse/Whorehouse draws on the lives of Bocanegra’s grandparents on their small farm in La Grange, Texas, which was across the road from the Chicken Ranch, better known as “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.”

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Lili Taylor performs Suzanne Bocanegra’s newest lecture as Suzanne Bocanegra. Using text, song, costume, film, and projections, Farmhouse/Whorehouse looks at the lives of Bocanegra’s grandparents on their small farm in La Grange, Texas, which existed across the road from the Chicken Ranch, better known as “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” Through the lens of the farm and the brothel, a story emerges that considers the invention of the pastoral in art, the homesteading movement, hippie communes in the 1960s and the idea of the prostitute in art and theater.

Farmhouse/Whorehouse is Bocanegra’s third in a trilogy of performances that uses the traditional artist slide lecture format to tell a larger story, creating a performance that is part memoir, part social history, and part cultural essay. The Mitchell Center presented the first and second performance in this trilogy: When a Priest Marries a Witch (CounterCurrent16) and Bodycast (CounterCurrent15), as well as Bocanegra’s theatrical performance Rerememberer (CounterCurrent14).

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Suzanne Bocanegra's artist lecture series examines the theatrical possibilities of a traditional artist slide presentation, using a trained actor to deliver the lecture as herself, like live sculpture, animated by her text. Her other recent work involves large-scale performance and installation, frequently translating two-dimensional information, images, and ideas into three-dimensional scenarios for staging, movement, ballet, and music.