In August of 1999, the Dalai Lama spoke at several well-attended events in New York City. Bourgeois's son, Jean-Louis, requested that his mother execute a benefit print to raise money for the Dalai Lama’s cause about a month prior to the speaking engagements. Although Bourgeois created this composition, the benefit project did not come to fruition and this print was never published.
Inscriptions on drawings in the suite of drawings titled, "The Iodine Scene," 1999: "ODE TO THE FIVE W, WHO WHERE WHEN WHY WHAT" and "LB a child who loved to be mothered. who, when, where, why, what, ground, qui, quoi, pourquoi, ou."
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