Louise Bourgeois's bronze JANUS FLEURI (1968)
suspended over Freud's couch at The Freud Museum London.
Courtesy The Easton Foundation
Photo: Ollie Harrop, © Louise Bourgeois Trust
12 May 2012
New Encounters: Contemporary Art at the Freud Museum
Dr Joanne Morra in conversation with Freud Museum curator, Honor Beddard and artist William Cobbing
The contemporary art exhibitions programme at the Freud Museum began almost 25 years ago and has featured over 50 artists, including Susan Hiller, Sophie Calle, Vera Frenkel and Valie Export. On the occasion of the Louise Bourgeois exhibition, join artist, William Cobbing, art historian, Dr Joanne Morra and Freud Museum curator, Honor Beddard to considers the rich relationship that can exist between contemporary art and historical sites and the possibilities it creates for new interpretations and experiences.
William Cobbing is an artist living and working in London. Starting from a sculptural sensibility his artwork encompasses a diverse range of media, including video, installation and performance. He was awarded the ACE Helen Chadwick Fellowship in 2005/6 at Ruskin School and British School at Rome. The resulting works were exhibited in 2007/8 as 'Gradiva Project' at the Freud Museum and Camden Arts Centre, London, with the embossed manhole covers produced for these venues remaining as permanent public artworks.
Dr Joanne Morra is a Reader in Art History and Theory at Central St Martins. She has published on modern and contemporary art and theory and is a Principal Editor of the Journal of Visual Culture. Her present research interests are concerned with art, psychoanalysis and the spaces of the consulting room, the artist’s studio and the gallery. She is author of the forthcoming publication ‘Inside the Freud Museums: Art, Curating and Site-Responsivity (IB Tauris, 2014).
Honor Beddard is the curator at the Freud Museum, London. Previously she was a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum and has also worked at the BFI Gallery, the British Council and the Contemporary Art Society.