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Cat. No. 247/I

Umbilical Cord

State/Variant:
State I of IX
Date:
2000
Themes:
Figures, Motherhood & Family
Techniques:
Other
Description:
Roulette, with red pencil additions
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 10 7/8 x 8 3/8" (27.7 x 21.3 cm); sheet: 15 1/4 x 11 1/4" (38.8 x 28.5 cm)
Signature:
Not signed
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Sarah V, New York
Edition:
1 known impression of state I
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Proof before the editioning of state VIII on fabric.
State Changes and Additions:
Additions in red pencil: reinforced overall, anticipating state II.
Background:
"Umbilical Cord" relates to a monumental installation for the inaugural exhibition in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall in 2000. The installation consisted of "Maman," a 30' steel sculpture of a spider, and "I Do, I Undo, I Redo," three steel towers ranging in height from 42' to 57'. Each tower contained a different sculpture of a mother and child inside a bell jar. The sculpture in the tower titled, "I Redo," featured a mother and child attached by an umbilical cord. Bourgeois also made another related print called "Do Not Abandon Me," 2000, which includes a similar mother and child.
Other Remarks:
According to Felix Harlan of Harlan & Weaver print workshop, Bourgeois initially worked with printer Sarah V on this project. In state I, Sarah V transferred the composition onto the plate using a roulette. Bourgeois then asked Harlan & Weaver to hire Sarah V as a workshop printer in order to carry on with this project. The subsequent states were done under the auspices of Harlan & Weaver and, thus, they are credited as printer.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
1006.2008

Umbilical Cord
2000-2002

States

Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State I of IX
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State II of IX
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State III of IX
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State IV of IX
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State V of IX
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State VI of IX, variant
2000
Published Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State VI of IX, variant
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State VII of IX, variant
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State VII of IX, variant
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State VIII of IX, variant
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State VIII of IX, variant
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State VIII of IX, variant
2000
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2002
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State VIII of IX
2002
Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2002
State IX of IX
2002