[Suzanne BocanegraMy Life as an Artist Lecture with Paul Lazar and Frances McDormand] Photo by Georgia Nerheim
Photo by Georgia Nerheim

Spring Talks

Suzanne Bocanegra
My Life as an Artist Lecture 
with Paul Lazar and Frances McDormand

“An illuminating theatrical portrait of the mind of an artist at work.” –New York Times

"This show didn’t just knock my socks off. It took my socks, re-wove them into a cunning fabric-art work, and handed them gravely back.” –Helen Shaw

When MoMA asked the artist Suzanne Bocanegra to give a talk about her work, she created a lecture-performance that was part artist talk, part memoir, part gleefully rambling cultural essay. After that she made two more, presenting them at such venues as the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. All three are now performed together for the first time, with Paul Lazar (Silence of the Lambs, Big Dance Theater, The Wooster Group) and Frances McDormand (Fargo, Almost Famous, Moonrise Kingdom, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri). Through text, video, music, and costume they tour Bocanegra’s Texas upbringing and life as an artist in stories that span scandal between a priest and a witch, teenage years spent in a plaster body cast, and her grandparents’ farm across from the ‘Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.’ 

"Muchness is Ms. Bocanegra’s métier." –New York Times profiles Suzanne Bocanegra
This performance runs approximately 3 hours with one intermission.

Casting subject to change.

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