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Lecture with Visual Artist Suzanne Bocanegra

Suzanne Bocanegra is an artist living and working in New York City. 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.

Her recent work involves large-scale performance and installation, frequently translating two dimensional information, images and ideas from the past into three dimensional scenarios for staging, movement, ballet and music.

Flowers in a Ceramic Vase
All the Petals from Jan Brueghel the Elder's
'Flowers in a Ceramic Vase' (1620), 2005 113 x 72

Bocanegra's piece "Rerememberer," uses the weaving instructions for a scrap of antique Danish peasant fabric as a template for an evening-length theatrical performance, with an amplified loom, an accordion virtuoso, a dj, and an orchestra of fifty volunteers playing violin who have been taught to play only one hour before the performance. "Rerememberer" was premiered at the Judson Memorial Church in New York City in 2009 and traveled to Copenhagen in June 2010.

Her piece" Suzanne Bocanegra: an Artist Talk Starring Paul Lazar" premiered at the Museum of Modern Art, NYC in May 2010 and traveled to the Wexner Center, the Tang Museum, the Performing Garage and had a theatrical run at the Chocolate Factory. This piece will be performed this fall as a collaboration between the Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, as well as at the Baltimore Contemporary Museum.

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. Her theatrical, video and film work has been presented at the Bang on Can Festival, the New Haven Festival of Art and Ideas, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and as part of the Wordless Music series in New York.

A major show of Bocanegra's work titled "I Write the Songs" opened at the Tang Museum in July 2010 travelled to Site Santa Fe in the summer of 2011.

Event Information


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

7:30 PM

Free and open to the public

Patricia and Ward Hagan '48 Dance Studio

Lewis Center for the Arts
at 185 Nassau Street



 Suzanne Bocanegra
© Serling 2009

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