CounterCurrent Festival 2015: "Bodycast: An artist lecture by Suzanne Bocanegra starring Lili Taylor"
Inspired by the two teenage years visual artist Suzanne Bocanegra spent in a body cast due to scoliosis, Bodycast is an inventive theatricalization of the ubiquitous "artist talk." Part performance and part essay, Bocanegra uses the format to explore how and why she became an artist. It is a sequel of sorts to Bocanegra's work When a Priest Marries a Witch, which used a similar approach to explore her Texas upbringing and had its premiere in 2010 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Exploring topics as disparate as Roman art, Rose queens and Texas drill teams, Bodycast mines specific details of Bocanegra's life to create a more general meditation on art-making and shifting ideals of feminine beauty.
Performed by film and television actress Lili Taylor, the story of Bocanegra's Bodycast takes on a new life, with the phantom presence of the artist herself looming in the sidelines.
Limited tickets. Reservations encouraged.