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Presented by Laurie Wilson, Ph.D.,


The program offers an intimate portrait of Louise Nevelson’s remarkable life and
art, drawing on hours of personal interviews with the artist at the height of her
fame, as well as with her colleagues, friends and family members. Laurie Wilson
tells the story of this major artist who became one of the three great American
sculptors of the twentieth century. Nevelson’s artistic, spiritual, even physical
transformation is dramatic, complex, and inseparable from major historical and
cultural shifts of the twentieth century, particularly in the art world. Laurie
Wilson offers previously undiscovered material, including rare archival images of
Nevelson and her art.
Learning Objectives
As a result of attending this session, participants should be able to:
• Explore how the biography of an artist can illuminate psychoanalytic
• Examine how Nevelson's longtime interest in the unconscious affected her
life and art
• Recognize the value of applied analysis in reaching a general public
Laurie Wilson, Ph.D., is a biographer and art historian, and a practicing
psychoanalyst on the faculty of the Psychoanalytic Institute at NYU Medical
School. She authored Alberto Giacometti: Myth, Magic and the Man and Louise
Nevelson, Light and Shadow. Her involvement with Nevelson dates back to the
1970s, when she spent fifteen hours interviewing the artist for her doctoral
dissertation, Louise Nevelson Iconography and Sources (1976), which was
subsequently published in the series, Outstanding Dissertations in the Fine Arts.
She has also written more than a dozen chapters, articles and essays on
Nevelson for professional journals and publications, including essays for the
1980 Whitney Museum exhibit (for which she conducted additional interviews
with the artist) and the catalogue essay for an exhibit at the Phoenix Museum
of Art.
Thursday, March 16, 2017, 8 PM-10 PM • 2 CE Credits
$20 with CE Credits
Free attendance without CE Credit