Suzanne Bocanegra: Poorly Watched Girls

October 5, 2018–February 17, 2019

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Suzanne Bocanegra, Lemonade, Roses, Satchel (video still), 2017. Music by Shara Nova. 3:38 mins. Courtesy of the artist.

In Poorly Watched Girls, visual artist Suzanne Bocanegra explores the ways that our popular entertainments theatricalize women in trouble—spiritual trouble, emotional trouble, and romantic trouble. Inspired by an opera, a film, and a ballet, Bocanegra, whose work involves large-scale installation and performance, draws on the breadth of her practice to create a multidisciplinary contemporary art experience. Blending elements from performing and visual arts—textile, collage, performance, staging, video, and original music—she blurs the boundary between the black box of the theater and the white box of the museum. The exhibition, Bocanegra’s largest to date, is the culmination of her collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum.


The Fabric Workshop and Museum
First, Second, and Eighth Floors

Opening Reception

Friday, October 5, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Artists in This Exhibition


Suzanne Bocanegra: Poorly Watched Girls
John Muse, CAA (College Art Association) News, June 7, 2019

Critical Eye: Close Stitching
Helen Shaw, Art in America, March 1, 2019

Best little lecture in Philly
Melissa Strong, Broad Street Review, February 12, 2019

Women's Tense Relationship with Fabric Artfully Unfolds
Ilene Dube, Hyperallergic, February 4, 2019

Suzanne Bocanegra: Poorly Watched Girls
Deborah Krieger, this is tomorrow, January 30, 2019

Suzanne Bocanegra: Poorly Watched Girls
Tori Marchiony, Articulate, January 28, 2019

The Fabric Workshop and Museum presents Suzanne Bocanegra's 'Poorly Watched Girls'
Pamela J. Forsythe, Broad Street Review, December 30, 2018

Suzanne Bocanegra, 'Poorly Watched Girls' At The Fabric Workshop And Museum, Philadelphia
Clayton Press, Forbes, December 25, 2018

Critics' Picks, Suzanne Bocanegra
Bea Huff Hunter, ARTFORUM, December 13, 2018

Many stages of girlhood in Suzanne Bocanegra’s Poorly Watched Girls at the Fabric Workshop and Museum
Imani Roach, Artblog, December 7, 2018

Suzanne Bocanegra at Fabric Workshop: Farm life, nuns, and a riveting take on Judy Garland
Thomas Hine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 14, 2018

Suzanne Bocanegra: Poorly Watched Girls
Grant Klarich Johnson, The Brooklyn Rail, November 1, 2018

Suzanne Bocanegra’s Haunting, Beautiful Clutter
Robert Sullivan, The New Yorker, October 19, 2018

Artist’s take on women in trouble on display at Philly Fabric Workshop and Museum
Peter Crimmins, WHYY, October 9, 2018

’Poorly Watched Girls’ at Fabric Workshop has nuns, Judy Garland, needlework
Shaun Brady, The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 8, 2018

Breaking Through Categories and Conventions at BAM
Arthur Lubow, The New York Times, December 1, 2017

Downloadable Media and Related Links

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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.


Support for Suzanne Bocanegra: Poorly Watched Girls is provided by the Coby Foundation, Ltd., the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Joy of Giving Something, Inc., the National Endowment for the Arts, and Maja Paumgarten and John Parker.

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.


Past Related Events

Adult Program
JUMPSUIT with Rational Dress Society
October 13, 2018, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Gallery Walk-through and Behind the Scenes Tour
October 24, 2018, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Traditional Indian Block Printing with Padmini Govind
November 10, 2018, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Teen Program
FWM Teen Happening: What Lies Beneath?
November 30, 2018, 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Gallery Walkthrough with Executive Director Susan L. Talbott
December 13, 2018, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Film Series
Night with Nuns at Lightbox Film Center
February 15, 2019, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

A Conversation with Suzanne Bocanegra and Hal Foster
November 28, 2018, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm