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“Suzanne Bocanegra’s art is an antidote to the history-free, prepackaged world that threatens every day to overwhelm us. Her work is also beautiful.” – The New Yorker


an Artist Lecture by Suzanne Bocanegra

starring Lili Taylor

directed by Lee Sunday Evans


Visual artist Suzanne Bocanegra uses theater to interrogate the history and practice of visual art. Part performance, part memoir, and part essay, her Artist Lectures are both intensely personal and exhaustively researched, exploring not only how and why she became an artist, but also general mediations on art-making, history, and our shifting ideals of human beauty.

The first lecture in a four part series taking stage at NYU Skirball this season, Farmhouse/Whorehouse considers the lives of Bocanegra’s grandparents on their small farm in Texas. Starring actress Lili Taylor and directed by Lee Sunday Evans, Farmhouse/Whorehouse uses storytelling through multimedia to examine the idyllic place that the rural world occupies in urban imaginations.

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Farmhouse/Whorehouse is the first of four lectures by Suzanne Bocanegra taking place throughout NYU Skirball’s 2023-24 Season. The series will also include When a Priest Marries a Witch (Nov 27), Bodycast (Jan 29), and Honor (Apr 8). Tickets for the spring season events will go on sale at a later date to be determined.

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Mon, Oct 30 @ 7:30pm