Laurie Anderson

[Laurie Anderson, New York City, (backstage, Carnegie Hall), February, 1993 – photo: Allen Ginsberg, courtesy Stanford University Libraries/Allen Ginsberg Estate]

Pioneering  multimedia artist, performer, filmmaker, musician, writer,  Laurie Anderson turns 75 today

 Sam Anderson (no relation!)  profiled her last Fall in the New York Times 

Michael Andor Brodeur in The Washington Post 

Her ongoing show at the Hirschhorn Museum, Washington DC, “The Weather”, (the largest-ever US exhibition of artwork by her), will be up for a few months more, (until August 7)

As the curators note, this exhibit “debuts more than a dozen new artworks, interspersed with select key works, including “Habeas Corpus“(2015), from throughout her five-decade career” (and showcases) “the artist’s boundless creative storytelling process, featuring her work in video, performance, installation, painting, and other media.”

Laurie at the Museum, speaking on process – here 

More activities related to the exhibit – see here

Don’t miss, in particular, this – “I Have Something To Say” – Advocating for Human Rights Through Artmaking”  (Mohammed el Gharani‘s astonishing testimony)

and this –  “Songs From the Bardo”

Check out also this,  “Laurie Anderson’s Buddhism – Art, Meditation, and Death as Adventure”
and this
Here’s her recent contribution for the 2022 benefit for Tibet House

“Spending The War Without You” – Her 2021  Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard are available in their entirety) – here 

The Art of Falling, her most recent solo work, addresses “the complex questions of our shifting world”. “Incorporating songs, electronics and visual imagery, (it) is a masterful mix of stories about falling in love, falling asleep and falling in line”
Laurie is interviewed and comments on that and other matters, this past February, while in Ireland, for the Irish Times

ah, then, of course, there’s O Superman, her breakthrough “hit” which, (thanks to DJ John Peel)  reached number 2 in 1981 in the UK charts)

O Superwoman – that was the title of her Hirschhorn talk last March with Afghan artist, Rada Akbar

Here’s Lou Reed, her much-missed partner, on the extraordinariness of his extraordinary wife

Happy 75th Birthday, Laurie!

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