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Jamieson Webster: Louise Bourgeois’s Hysterical Love of Psychoanalysis


Thursday, August 26, 2021
6:30 – 7:30 pm
YouTube Video Premiere

The exhibition Louise Bourgeois, Freud’s Daughter, highlights Bourgeois’s intimate relationship with psychoanalysis. Like a cabinet of curiosities, psychoanalyst Jamieson Webster explores an assortment of Bourgeois’s journal entries, dreams, and artistic works, to elaborate the texture of her engagement with psychoanalysis, whose themes move from the body, anxiety, and depression, to feminine sexuality, murderous wishes, and the primal scene. Along the way, we will meet some illustrious characters, not just Freud, but the French Princess, Marie Bonaparte, and her rival, Jacques Lacan.

Dr. Jamieson Webster is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. She is the author of The Life and Death of Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2011) and Conversion Disorder: Listening to the Body in Psychoanalysis (Columbia, 2018); she also co-wrote, with Simon Critchley, Stay, Illusion! The Hamlet Doctrine (Pantheon, 2013). She writes regularly for The New York Review of Books and teaches at the New School for Social Research.

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Louise Bourgeois,Venthouse, 1990, Marble, glass, and electric light, © The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY; Photo: Peter B