Susan Aberth received a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and M.A. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She received a Professional Development Fellowship, the College Art Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities (2000-1), and is author of Leonora Carrington: Surrealism, Alchemy and Art (Lund Humphries, London and Turner, Madrid 2004), and exhibition catalogues César Menéndez (1998), Williams Carmona (1999), and La Belleza y la Fuerza: Latin American Art (2001) and contributor to An Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century North American Women Artists and the St. James Dictionary of Latin American Artists.
Louise Bourgeois was born in 1911 in Paris. She entered the Sorbonne to study mathematics in 1932 but turned to art the next year, enrolling at several art schools, including the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, in addition to apprenticing in artists' studios in Montparnasse and Montmartre. She emigrated to New York, in 1938, and continued her studies at the Art Students League. Her first one-person exhibition was held at the Bertha Schaefer Gallery, New York, in 1945, and her sculpture was first shown in 1949 at the Peridot Gallery, New York. In 1982 the Museum of Modern Art, New York, organized a retrospective, which traveled to various American venues. Her work has since been shown internationally, including in Documenta 9 (1992) and the São Paulo Bienal of 1996. Bourgeois's first European retrospective was organized in 1989, traveling from the Frankfurter Kunstverein to the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, and the Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, among other venues. Bourgeois represented the United States at the Venice Biennale in 1993. Tate Modern, London, organized a major traveling retrospective of her work in 2007.
Gallery Talks at Dia:Beacon is a series of presentations that take place the last Saturday of every month at 1 pm and are free with admission to the museum. Focused on the work of the artists in Dia's collection, the one-hour presentations are given by curators, art historians, and writers, and take place in museum's galleries.
Gallery Talks at Dia:Beacon are made possible through the generosity of the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency; The Karan-Weiss Foundation; and the Jane W. Nuhn Charitable Trust.