Virtual Happy Hour: Louise Bourgeois Birthday Celebration

Event Details

Event Date and Time

Thu, Dec 17, 2020
5:30 to 6:30 pm

Tickets and Reservations

Free. Registration required.



Bronze sculpture of a spider on a white platform against a magenta background.
Join NMWA staff for a virtual happy hour to celebrate Louise Bourgeois ahead of her December 25th birthday.

Event Description

Happy Birthday, Louise Bourgeois!

Join staff of the National Museum of Women in the Arts on December 17th for a virtual happy hour to celebrate Louise Bourgeois ahead of her December 25th birthday! We will make a specialty cocktail in her honor, share artworks and stories, and explore the museum’s collection and archives for all things Louise.

Registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join.

Special Guests:

Amei Wallach is an art critic, commentator, and filmmaker. Her feature-length documentaries, including Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, remain in international demand. Wallach has also written or contributed to several books and her articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Art in America, Smithsonian Magazine, and more. She was on-air arts commentator for the PBS MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour and chief art critic for New York Newsday. Wallach is currently president emerita of the U.S. chapter of the International Art Critics Association, on the board of CEC Artslink, and founding director of the AICA-USA Art Writing Workshop.

Andra ‘AJ’ Johnson will be teaching us how to make a specially created cocktail inspired by Louise Bourgeois. Johnson has been part of the DMV restaurant scene for years and currently serves as the Bar Director for the Serenata/Zumo cocktail bar in La Cosecha. She is a co-founder of DMV Black Restaurant Week and her forthcoming book, White Plates, Black Faces, tells the stories of people of color in the restaurant industry.

Featured Cocktail: The Web She Weaves

Ingredients for Cocktail:

  • 1.5 oz Brandy or Cognac
  • 1 oz Heavy Cream or Dairy Substitute of Your Choice
  • .75 oz Espresso or Coffee
  • .25 oz Amaretto
  • .25 oz Creme de Cacao Liqueur
  • .25 oz Green Chartreuse

Ingredients for Mocktail:

  • 1.5 oz Heavy Cream or Dairy Substitute of Your Choice
  • 1 oz Espresso or Coffee
  • .5 oz Chocolate Sauce
  • .25 oz Vanilla Extract

For Garnish: Espresso/Coffee Beans, Chocolate Sauce, Grated Nutmeg (optional)

Preferred Glassware: Martini or Coupe Glass

Additional Materials: Shaker Tin, Strainer, Ice, a toothpick or similar item with a pointed end to make a design with the chocolate