In this video, Suzanne Bocanegra describes how “a tiny little Seurat painting” inspired her to create Little Dot. She envisioned the defined movements of a ballerina’s feet as a parallel to the movement of Seurat’s pulsating dots, leading her to create a piece that combines sculpture, sound, and live performance. Translation and collaboration form the heart of Bocanegra’s process. Her work often transforms two-dimensional art historical source materials into three-dimensional installations. For her recent works, Bocanegra expands on her use of these sources, exploring their potential “not just as templates for another static work of art, but as a script, a musical score, or an instruction for how to move or how to behave.”

 Bocanegra’s 2010 solo exhibition, Opener 21: Suzanne Bocanegra: I Write the Songs, is part of the Tang Museum’s Opener series, which presents important bodies of work by contemporary artists through exhibitions and accompanying catalogues. CREDITS | Producer/Camera/Editor: Vickie Riley. Interview: Ian Berry. Seurat image public domain. Educational use only. ©The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, 2010


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