Bocanegra – Cage

Suzanne Bocanegra (b. 1957, Houston, TX) Bocanegra earned her BFA from the University of Texas, Austin (1979) and her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, California (1984). She won the Prix de Rome in 1990. She has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (1988, 1990, 2003); the Marie Walsh Sharpe Arts Foundation (1993); the New York Foundation for the Arts (1989, 1993, 2001, 2005); the National Endowment for the Arts (1994); the Joan Mitchell Foundation (2001); the Tiffany Foundation (2001); and the Danish Arts Council (2007). Bocanegra has recently held solo exhibitions at Lucas Schoormans Gallery (2003); Victoria Munroe Fine Art, Boston (2006); the World Financial Center Winter Garden, New York (2009); and the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (2010). Her lecture piece, When a Priest Marries a Witch: An Artist Lecture starring Paul Lazar, was first performed at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in May 2010; it was given a second time at the Wexner Center, Columbus, Ohio, in October 2010, and was the subject of a workshop and residency at the Performing Garage, New York, in November 2010. In April 2011, the lecture will open for a week-long run at The Chocolate Factory Theater, New York. Bocanegra’s large-scale performance piece, The Girl Scout Opera, will also debut at the Ohio State University in 2011. Bocanegra lives and works in New York City. More information about her work can be found at www.suzannebocanegra.com.

Mel Bochner (b. 1940, Pittsburgh, PA) Bochner received his BFA from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, in 1962. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois (2006); Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Bignan, France (2007); Peter Freeman Gallery, New York (2006, 2008); Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago (2009); Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles (2008, 2010); Galerie Nelson-Freeman, Paris (2007, 2010); and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco (2010). A 2006 retrospective of his drawings traveled through San Diego, California; Greensboro, North Carolina; Birmingham, Alabama; and New York. Bochner lives and works in New York City. More information about his work can be found at www.melbochner.net.

Dove Bradshaw (b. 1949, New York, NY) Bradshaw earned her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1974). She has been awarded the National Endowment of the Arts Award for Sculpture (1975) and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award for Painting (1985). Bradshaw has received grants from the New York State Council on the Arts through Merce Cunningham Dance Company for décor and costumes (1987); the Furthermore Foundation (2003); and the Antarctic Artists and Writers Program of the National Science Foundation (2006). In 2007, she was a resident artist at the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art, France. Bradshaw has had two mid-career exhibitions: Dove Bradshaw at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1998) and Dove Bradshaw, Formformlessness, 1969-2003 at the City University of New York (2003). Recent solo exhibitions have been held at Gallery 360°, Tokyo (2006); Björn Ressle Fine Art, New York and Senzatitolo Associzaione Culturale, Rome (2007); Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2008); and Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2008). Bradshaw has been included in group exhibitions at numerous venues, most recently including Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg (2008); the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente, Segovia, Spain (2009); and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2009). Radio Rocks, commissioned by Lucrezia Durini, became a permanent work for the town of Bolognano, Italy, in 2006. Bradshaw lives and works in New York City. More information about her work can be found at www.dovebradshaw.com.

Trisha Brown (b. 1936, Aberdeen, WA) Brown is well known as an innovative choreographer, and her work on paper is informed by her experiences with movement and dance. She earned her BA at Mills College, Oakland, California (1958) and received a DFA from Bates College, Lewiston, Maine (2000). Brown founded the Trisha Brown Dance Company in New York City in 1970, and she has since received numerous honors and recognitions for her choreography and dance performances. In 2008, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, organized a major retrospective of Brown’s dance pieces and drawings. A solo exhibition of Brown’s drawings was held at Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, in 2009. Brown lives and works in New York City. More information about her contributions to modern dance and choreography can be found at www.trishabrowncompany.org.

John Cage (b. 1912, Los Angeles, CA; d. 1992, New York, NY) Cage was well known as an experimental composer, philosopher, writer, and visual artist. He attended Pomona College in California from 1928 to 1930 and later studied under Henry Cowell and Arnold Schoenberg. A protean figure of the postwar avant-garde, Cage collaborated with Merce Cunningham and visual artists including Joseph Beuys, Robert Rauschenberg, and Nam June Paik. Solo exhibitions have most recently been held at La Casa Encendida, Madrid (2006); Margarete Roeder Gallery, New York (2006); the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Scotland (2007); Galerie Stihl, Waiblingen, Germany (2009); the New Arts Program, Kutztown, Pennsylvania (2009); and the Henie Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden, Norway. In 2010, a major traveling exhibition, John Cage: Every Day is a Good Day, was organized by Hayward Touring Exhibition and traveled through the United Kingdom to the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge; the Huddersfield Art Gallery, Huddersfield; the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow; and the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Cage’s work has been included in numerous museum exhibitions, including such recent venues as the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2008); the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California (2008); the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente, Segovia, Spain (2009); the Solmon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2009); ZKM|Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany (2009); the Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona (2009); and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin (2009). Cage lived and worked in New York City.