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Spring Talks Presents

Saturday, May 5, 2018
Suzanne Bocanegra
My Life as an Artist Lecture 
with Anne Gridley, Frances McDormand, and Lili Taylor
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater
7:00 pm
“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 Anne Gridley '02 (Nature Theater of Oklahoma), Frances McDormand (Fargo, Almost Famous, Moonrise Kingdom, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), and and Lili Taylor (American Crime, Six Feet Under, Mystic Pizza). 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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Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater

Ticket Information: Tickets: $25-65

$5 tickets for Bard undergraduate and graduate students are made possible by the Passloff Pass and available in advance for select performances.