Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine (2008), introduced by Amei Wallach, co-director and co-producer

Public Program Through the Looking Glass of Louise Bourgeois
26 September 2015

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On the eve of launching regular screenings of the documentary Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine (2008), Amei Wallach, the film's co-director and co-producer, will give a talk about her work with Bourgeois during filming, describing backstage moments which reveal the inner world of the artist.

On the eve of launching regular screenings of the documentary Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine (2008), Amei Wallach, the film's co-director and co-producer, will give a talk about her work with Bourgeois during filming, describing backstage moments which reveal the inner world of the artist.

The Spider, the Mistress, and the Tangerine is the outcome of a long standing collaboration between Wallach,  Ken Kobland (cinematographer and editor) and Marion Cajori (co-director, 1950–2006). Conceived as a story of Bourgeois’s exhibition for the 1993 Venice Biennale, it turned into a much larger project with time. The resulting piece combines archival material with the footage filmed in the artist’s New York studio and home during the 1990s and 2000s. The narration evolves around multiple interviews of Bourgeois and the people close to her, edited into the detailed shots of her works. Throughout the film, the camera picks out certain nuances, like her hands or smile. Under Kobland’s specific editing manner, this portrait of Louise Bourgeois appears more of an audiovisual collage than a traditional biopic. The aura is further conveyed by the soundtrack featuring Mahler, Puccini and Laurie Anderson among others.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Amei Wallach – critic, commentator and curator. She was for many years chief art critic for New York Newsday and on-air arts commentator for the “MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour.” She has written or contributed to 11 books, including Ilya Kabakov: The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away (Abrams, 1995), a psychological portrait of daily life in the Soviet Union; Louise Bourgeois (Storm King, 2007); Gee’s Bend: Architecture of the Quilt (Tinwood, 2006), and Crossroads: Art and Religion in American Life (The New Press, 2001). In 2008, with Marion Cajori, she directed the film Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress, and the Tangerine. She won a 2006 Best Show award from the International Art Critics Association/USA for her exhibition Neo-Sincerity: The Difference Between the Comic and the Cosmic Is a Single Letter

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