Body Cast

January 7, 2015, 7-8PM

Admission: Free

An Artist Lecture by Suzanne Bocanegra
Starring Frances McDormand
Directed by Paul Lazar

Lecture from 7-8pm at the theater followed by an after party at Marfa Contemporary from 8-10pm.

In 2010 the curator Laurence Kardish asked me to give a lecture on my work at the Museum of Modern Art. Rather than just do a normal artist lecture, where an artist runs through a bunch of slides of her paintings and sculpture, I thought I would make a new piece out of the idea of an artist lecture, an artist lecture about an artist lecture. In the course of that new piece I ended up telling a larger story—how I became an artist and how when I was 10 a strange series of events in my church showed me how an artist really worked.

I did the lecture with an actor, Paul Lazar, and the resulting piece—When a Priest Marries a Witch, an Artist Lecture by Suzanne Bocanegra starring Paul Lazar—ended up having several performances, at museums and theater festivals across the country. To one of these performances Paul invited Frances McDormand. They had worked together at the Wooster Group. Fran came and took us out for beers afterwards, and she asked me if there were any more stories I was planning on telling in this format. I told her I was planning one about how I grew up visiting my grandparents farm, which was next to the most famous whorehouse in Texas, and one about how I spent my early teenage years in a bodycast.

Fran said “I’ll take the bodycast.”

— Suzanne Bocanegra.

Presented By: Marfa Contemporary

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