Discussion Questions

The Nest

Louise Bourgeois

November 2018

Louise Bourgeois, The Nest, 1994; collection SFMOMA, purchase through the Agnes E. Meyer and Elise S. 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, NY

  1. Describe the lines and shapes that you see in this work. For example, “I see a thin, curving line.”
  2. Is this work beautiful to you? Why or why not? Is it still art if it is not beautiful, or if it makes you uneasy? Why or why not?
  3. Bourgeois selected the spider as a symbol to represent her. What symbol would you choose to represent yourself? Why?

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