Bocanegra and McDormand perform “Bodycast” tonight

In her artist lecture “Bodycast,” Suzanne Bocanegra (right) details her struggle with a body cast to treat scoliosis during her teenage years and how it influenced her artistic process. It will be performed indirectly with actress Frances McDormand (left) taking on Bocanegra’s persona.

Actor Frances McDormand and artist Suzanne Bocanegra

Tonight at the Henry, we welcome artist Suzanne Bocanegra who, with Academy Award-winning actor Frances McDormand, will tell a multimedia story of Titian, girls’ drill teams, rose queens, scoliosis, and the history of how artists are taught to make art, and how all of us are taught to look at it. The performance is sold out.

Based in New York, Suzanne Bocanegra’s 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. 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.

Bodycast is organized by the Henry and presented in partnership with the UW School of Drama. The School of Drama investigates the art of theatre and performance — its practice, history, meaning — and fosters a spirit of inquiry by providing artists and scholars with tools for critical and inventive thinking and opportunities for practical application. Check out their 2012-2013 Season HERE.

Photo credit: Hammer Museum

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