A Portrait of the Artist, or Fisher-Inspired Films: Program 5

Related Exhibition Calder to Warhol

Thursday, August 05, 2010, 7:00 p.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater

Martin was in the final decade of her life when Mary Lance began interviewing her for Agnes Martin. The sole figure in the film, Martin reflects on her philosophy, inspiration, career, and life history: coming of age in Saskatchewan, her 10 crucial years in New York, and her 47 years in the desert mountains of New Mexico. Intimate and quiet, this beautiful film is a window into understanding Martin's process of creation.

Chère Louise is the first film in Cornand's trilogy about French artist Louise Bourgeois, who passed away in May 2010 at age 98. Culled from 14 years' worth of interview sessions, set in Bourgeois's Brooklyn studio and her Chelsea home, the film traces the inspiration, autobiographical materials, and day-to-day routines that inform the artist's sculptures and paintings.

Additional Info

Part 1 of the Louise Bourgeois Trilogy

Agnes Martin: With My Back to the World
Mary Lance, 2002, 57 min., DVD

Chère Louise
Brigitte Cornand, 1995, 50 min., video

In French with English subtitles.

Support for A Portrait of the Artist, or Fisher-Inspired Films is provided by the Susan Wildberg Morgenstein Fund.

Image: Louise Bourgeois, The Nest, 1994; Collection SFMOMA, purchase through the Agnes E. Meyer and Elise Stern Haas Fund and the gifts of Doris and Donald Fisher, Helen and Charles Schwab, and Vicki and Kent Logan; © Louise Bourgeois/Licensed by VAGA, New York