Day Trip: Louise Bourgeois at Vassar College

April 3, Friday, 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

UPDATE 3/17/20: This event has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Join Education Curator Linda Whelihan on this excursion to Vassar College to see textiles and prints that Louise Bourgeois made in her later years. We’ll be traveling by passenger van to Poughkeepsie, New York, to see the exhibit. Margaret Vetare, Curator of Public Education at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Museum, will provide insight on this fascinating exhibit, touching on the family history that informed Bourgeois’ works on paper and household textiles. We’ll have lunch on campus and then get a tour of a selection of artist-made books from the rare books collection. After the tour, we’ll make our own small book inspired by the work on view. Then we’ll get back in the van for a comfortable ride home.

Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010) is one of the most renowned artists of the twentieth century. “Louise Bourgeois: Ode to Forgetting, From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation” focuses on prints and textile works the artist made in her eighties and nineties. Many of the works incorporate fabrics and embroidery, reflecting a lifelong interest in textiles connected to Bourgeois’ childhood years in her family’s business of tapestry restoration in Paris. Explorations of time and memory were of importance throughout her life and career and are especially palpable in these late works. 

The exhibition was organized by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Washington State University, in collaboration with the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College. Support is provided by the Friends of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center Fund and the Horace Goldsmith Exhibition Fund.

$150 ($125 BMAC members) Space is limited to 12 participants. Registration required.