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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

When a Priest Marries a Witch

an Artist Lecture by Suzanne Bocanegra

starring Paul Lazar

directed by Suzanne Bocanegra and Paul Lazar


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 second lecture in a four part series taking stage at NYU Skirball this season, When a Priest Marries a Witch tells a spellbinding tale set in the 1960s about a priest, an artist, and a young girl in Pasadena, Texas.

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When a Priest Marries a Witch is the second of four lectures by Suzanne Bocanegra taking place throughout NYU Skirball’s 2023-24 Season. The series will also include Farmhouse/Whorehouse (Oct 30), 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, Nov 27 @ 7:30pm