Louise Bourgeois: Tides and currents

Sunday, 10 March 2024
10:00AM - 5:00PM (AEST)
Art Gallery of New South Wales
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A symposium on the work of artist Louise Bourgeois, including talks, performances and screenings.

Louise Bourgeois Ode à la Bièvre 2007 (detail), private collection, New York © The Easton Foundation / VAGA at ARS / Copyright Agency 2023, photo: Christopher Burke

Join artists, writers, curators and scholars over three days of talks, performances and screenings as they dive into the work of Louise Bourgeois, one of the most influential artists of the past century.

This symposium will explore the ebbs and flows of Bourgeois’s career, which encompassed many themes, practices and mediums, and discuss the circulation and reception of her work in Australia and beyond.



Day 1, ‘Sound Waves’, includes a performance and talk by British artist Satch Hoyt on the sonic possibilities of Bourgeois’s art, artist talks on animal songs and non-human forms, and a screening of rarely-seen footage of a 1978 performance Bourgeois staged in New York.

Day 2, ‘Ins and Outs’, features Sydney-based artists on psychoanalysis and the creative process, a talk by award-winning writer Mireille Juchau and a conversation between eminent French curator and author Marie-Laure Bernadac and major Australian contemporary artist Julie Rrap.

Day 3, ‘Ecologies’, takes us strolling through the streets of New York with a screening of a documentary on Bourgeois. It also includes a talk by Marie-Laure Bernadac on cross-oceanic connections, and artists speaking about performance, forms of extinction and queer ecologies.


Convened by Léa Vuong from the University of Sydney and produced by the AGNSW with support from The Power Institute and the French Embassy in Australia. The symposium is in conjunction with the exhibition Louise Bourgeois: Has the Day Invaded the Night or Has the Night Invaded the Day? at the AGNSW.


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