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.
Over five weeks, join expert academics, researchers and curators in an exploration of Bourgeois’s relentlessly inventive seven-decade career.
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 – one of the most extensive exhibitions ever dedicated to an international woman artist in Australia.
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 in the Domain Theatre foyer.
Learning Curve Louise Bourgeois
Various Fridays and Saturdays, 10.30am
3 November – 9 December 2023
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Lower level 3, Domain Theatre
Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878
If booking tickets on behalf of others, you are responsible for communicating all correspondence from the Art Gallery Society of NSW to them.
‘Hold my bones together’: love and war in the art of Louise Bourgeois
In the final lecture of the series, Justin Paton explores the presence of war in Louise Bourgeois’s life and the oscillation between love and conflict, repair and destruction, in her art. Though Bourgeois seldom addressed war directly, her art is a profound account of ‘wars within’ and the challenges of psychic survival in an unsettled century.
Justin Paton is head curator of international art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and is co-curator of the exhibition Louise Bourgeois: Has the Day Invaded the Night or Has the Night Invaded the Day?