Suzanne Bocanegra in her Chinatown studio, New York City. Photo credit: Susan L. Talbott.   
Suzanne Bocanegra in her Chinatown studio, New York City. Photo credit: Susan L. Talbott.   

Suzanne Bocanegra: Poorly Watched Girls

September 21, 2018–January 13, 2019

Opening Reception:
Friday, September 21, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

The Fabric Workshop and Museum is pleased to present, Poorly Watched Girls, a solo exhibition by performance and installation artist Suzanne Bocanegra.

The exhibition draws on such disparate sources of inspiration as an opera set in a convent during the French Revolution; an 18th-century ballet based on a painting of a weeping woman; and Judy Garland's wardrobe test for the cult film, Valley of the Dolls. Speaking to The New York Times about her project with FWM, the artist notes, “Each of these original sources deals with a kind of voyeuristic observation of women in trouble — romantic trouble, spiritual trouble, emotional trouble.”

About the Artist
Suzanne Bocanegra is an artist living and working in New York City. A recipient of the Rome Prize, she has received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Tiffany Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her recent 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 presented in the United States and abroad, in such venues as Armand Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; the Serpentine Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Hayward Gallery in London. 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, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and as part of the Wordless Music series in New York.
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Support for Suzanne Bocanegra: Poorly Working Girls is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Major support of FWM is provided by the Marion Boulton "Kippy" Stroud Foundation. FWM receives state art funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support is provided by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Agnes Gund, and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.