“Fascinating! Intimate.”


Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerineis a cinematic journey inside the life and imagination of an icon of modern art. As a screen presence, Louise Bourgeois is magnetic, mercurial and emotionally raw. There is no separation between her life as an artist and the memories and emotions that affect her every day. Her process is on full display in this extraordinary documentary. As an artist, Louise Bourgeois has for six decades been at the forefront of successive new developments, but always on her own powerfully inventive and disquieting terms. In 1982, at the age of 71, she became the first woman to be honored with a major retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. In the decades since, she has created her most powerful and persuasive work that has been exhibited, studied and lectured on worldwide. Filmed with unparalleled access between 1993 and 2007, Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine is a comprehensive and dramatic documentary of creativity and revelation. It is an intimate engagement with an artist’s world.

Three Iconoclasts: ICA Artists on Film

Throughout December and January, the ICA presents three feature-length films highlighting the creativity, ingenuity, and humanity of artists. Featuring the work of visual artists Nick Cave and Louise Bourgeois and the choreographer Elizabeth Streb, each film offers a glimpse into the creative process of three singular, iconoclastic artists, whose work has been exhibited, collected, and presented at the ICA. Compelling, thought-provoking, and occasionally heart-wrenching, the films highlight how art and artists invite us to see expansively, think differently, and live courageously.

All films are individually priced at $8 general admission; Free for ICA members.​

Streaming available starting on Friday, January 8, 2021.

ICA members! Contact membership@icaboston.org for redemption code.