Learning Curve lecture: Louise Bourgeois

03 Nov - 09 Dec 2023

Over five weeks, join expert academics, researchers and curators in an exploration of Bourgeois’s relentlessly inventive seven-decade career.

Louise Bourgeois is one of the most influential artists of the past century. Born in Paris in 1911 and living and working in New York until her death in 2010, she is renowned for her fearless exploration of human relationships, haunting sculptures and tender textiles.

The lecture series is held in conjunction with Louise Bourgeois: Has the Day Invaded the Night or Has the Night Invaded the Day? at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Each lecture will be held on Friday and repeated on Saturday in the Domain Theatre. Each session includes a 15-minute intermission, during which tea and coffee will be provided.

Lecture 1: Needle Woman: Textiles as material and metaphor. Led by Emily Sullivan
Friday, 3 November 2023 and Saturday, 4 November 2023
10:30am – 12:30pm

Lecture 2: Hiding in plain sight: Louise Bourgeois and the lost river of Paris. Led by Léa Vuong
Friday, 10 November 2023, and Saturday, 11 November 2023
10:30am – 12:30pm

Lecture 3: To Unravel a torment, you must begin somewhere. Led by Jason Smith
Friday, 24 November 2023 and Saturday, 25 November 2023
10:30am – 12:30pm

Lecture 4: Big Maman: Louise Bourgeois and feminism. Led by Julie Ewington
Friday, 1 December 2023 and Saturday, 2 December 2023
10:30am – 12:30pm

Lecture 5: Hold my bones together: Love and war in the art of Louise Bourgeois. Led by Justin Paton
Friday, 8 December 2023 and Saturday, 9 December 2023
10:30am – 12:30pm


Image: Louise Bourgeois Crouching Spider 2003, bronze, brown and polished patina, stainless steel, 270.5 x 835.7 x 627.4 cm, Collection The Easton Foundation, New York © The Easton Foundation/VAGA at ARS/Copyright Agency 2023, photo: Ron Amstutz

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