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Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson is a writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist who has created groundbreaking works that span the worlds of art, theater, experimental music, and technology. Her recording career, launched by “O Superman” (1981) includes the soundtrack to her feature films Home of the Brave (1986) and Life on a String (2001).

Anderson’s live shows range from simple spoken word to elaborate multi-media stage performances such as Songs and Stories for Moby Dick (1999). In 2002 Anderson was appointed the first artist-in-residence of NASA which culminated in her 2004 touring solo performance The End of the Moon. In 2010 a retrospective of her visual and installation work opened in Sao Paulo, Brazil and later traveled to Rio de Janeiro.

Her film Heart of a Dog was chosen as an official selection of the 2015 Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. The same year, her exhibition Habeas Corpus opened at the Park Avenue Armory to critical acclaim and in 2016 she was the recipient of Yoko Ono’s Courage Award for the Arts for the project.

In 2018 Landfall, a Grammy winning collaboration between Anderson and Kronos Quartet, was released through Nonesuch Records. Commissioned by Kronos Quartet in 2013, the work was inspired by the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy.

Anderson’s largest solo exhibition to date, The Weather, debuted more than a dozen new artworks, interspersed with select key works, including Habeas Corpus (2015), from her five-decade career. Her largest solo European exhibition, Looking into a Mirror Sideways, is open in Stockholm at Moderna Museet.

Anderson lives in New York City and continues to tour her evolving performance Language of the Future and is working on a new major work ARK that will premiere at the Factory in Manchester in fall of 2024. She has collaborated with Christian McBride and Philip Glass on several projects.

Photo by Stephanie Diani.