The Key West Art & Historical Society will present “Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine” at 6:00pm on Thursday, April 28 in the Helmerich Research & Learning Center at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street.
For six decades, Louise Bourgeois was at the forefront of successive new developments, always on her own powerfully inventive and disquieting terms. In 1982, at the age of 71, she became the first woman to be honored with a major retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. In the decades since, she created her most powerful and persuasive work, including her series of massive spider structures that have been installed around the world.
Filmed with unparalleled access between 1993 and 2007, “Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine” is a comprehensive and dramatic documentary of creativity and revelation and a journey inside the world of a modern art legend and icon of feminism. Onscreen, the nonagenarian Louise Bourgeois is magnetic, mercurial and emotionally raw-an uncompromising artist whose life and work are imbued with her ongoing obsession with the mysteries of childhood.
The weekly film exhibits will alternate Thursdays at 6:00pm with the Society’s Distinguished Speaker Series, offering “films that expand our vistas and give us fresh views of our home,” continues Shields. “Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine” was selected to complement the currently running Custom House exhibit, “Roberta Marks: A Retrospective.”
“Art As History, History As Art” film series is made possible in part by the generosity of the Helmerich Trust. Tickets for the event can be purchased online at KWAHS.ORG/LEARN: $5 for members, $10 for non-members. For more information about this and other programs please contact Adele Williams, Director of Education, at 305-295-6616, ext. 115. Your Museums. Your Community. It takes an Island.