You don’t have to watch Mad Men or Hidden Figures to know that throughout history, women have faced an upward battle in the workforce. The art world is no exception, which makes Louise Bourgeois’s prolific career all the more compelling. Her spiderlike large-scale sculptures and surrealistic paintings primarily drew from very personal experiences and early childhood traumas. She has been called one of the pioneers of installation art and inspired generations of up-and-coming artists with her critical feminist work.
While Bourgeois’s art can be spotted across the globe—institutions like Dia:Beacon and the Bilbao Guggenheim prominently feature her installations—her Chelsea studio has remained relatively private (although she often hosted young artists in the ’70s looking for honest critiques of their projects). Thanks to Cura/genda and the Easton Foundation, you can get a rare, behind-the-scenes look into her creative process with a specialized tour.
In order to give art lovers a highly curated peek into Bourgeois’s creative process and legacy, Cura/genda founder Helen Homan Wu hires artists to infuse a specific perspective. In this instance, Wu has enlisted contemporary artist Francesca Di Matteo to lead the way through a world that most casual art fans would never otherwise see. In choosing DiMatteo to act as studio tour guide, Wu finds that “in both artists’ work, there are narratives that deal with vulnerability and anxiety with the form that have exquisite craft and technique, as well as are challenging and beautiful at the same time.”
Why You Should Go: We’ve always wondered what it would be like to live and work as an artist. Being able to get a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process with a studio tour like this is a rare opportunity.
Tour of the Louise Bourgeois Home and Studio
The tour on May 3, 2017, is waitlist only, but mark your calendars for the next tour in the fall.
349 West 20th Street (between Eighth and Ninth Avenues)
$50 for members