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General Passes have all been claimed. The walk-up line opens at 5PM and we will do our best to seat as many people as possible.

An Evening with Laurie Anderson has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 6:30 pm on our outdoor Plaza.

  •  If you are a pass-holder for Oct. 6: We’ll hold your place. An email via E-tix will hit your inbox with updated passes. If you are unable to attend, please email HirshhornExperience@si.edu so we can reallocate.
  • If you were planning to join our walk-up line: Take heart. Our plaza is expansive. We’ll do our best to accommodate as many guests as possible.
  • If you are a VIP Pass-Holder for Oct. 6: Our Advancement department will reach out directly with details. We look forward to rescheduling your encounter with the artist. Thank you for your support.

Grammy Award-winning musician and artist Laurie Anderson returns to the Hirshhorn Plaza for an intimate one-night only performance with composer and jazz musician Doug Wieselman. Anderson’s immersive, site-specific installation Four Talks, currently on view at the Museum, was a highlight of her recent exhibition Laurie Anderson: The Weather and showcases the artist’s multifaceted artistic practice.

Anderson will also share insights into her recent publication The Art of the Straight Line by Lou Reed, a compilation of Reed’s writings on Tai Chi, music, and meditation. Reed, Anderson’s life partner and husband, was a legendary musician, songwriter, and poet. Copies of The Art of the Straight Line will be available for purchase at the Hirshhorn bookstore prior to the program.

Laurie Anderson VIP Limited Edition Package

VIP ticket buyers will be treated to an exclusive evening with Laurie Anderson, including two premium seats for the Hirshhorn’s performance, followed by a meet and greet with Laurie Anderson in her Four Talks installation. Ticket buyers will also receive a limited-edition box set (edition of 20) of Laurie Anderson: The Weather. Created as a celebration of the Hirshhorn’s groundbreaking exhibition of the same name, this box set features two signed and numbered prints (each in an edition of 20), along with a signed copy of the exhibitions, companion zine, and a vinyl recording—all bound in a four-panel folio.

VIP Package available here


A Grammy Award-winning musician, performer, writer, and artist, Laurie Anderson has an international reputation as an artist who combines the traditions of the avant-garde with popular culture. Her works combine a variety of media, including performance, music, poetry, sculpture, opera, anthropological investigations, and linguistic games, to elicit emotional reactions. She has released seven albums for Warner Brothers, including Big Science (1982), featuring the song “O Superman,” which rose to No. 2 on the British pop charts. As a visual artist, Anderson has exhibited her work at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm; MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Guggenheim Museum, Soho; and other venues. The Hirshhorn presented her largest survey exhibition to date, Laurie Anderson: The Weather, from 2021-2022.

Doug Wieselman is a musician and composer who has also worked in theater, dance, and film. In addition to Laurie Anderson, he has played and arranged music for diverse artists including Antony and the Johnsons, CocoRosie, Jerome Robbins, Robert Woodruff, and Hal Willner. He has co-led Kamikaze Ground Crew for over 30 years; leads his trio, Trio S, with ‘cellist Jane Scarpantoni and drummer Kenny Wollesen; and has released a solo clarinet record, From Water, based on melodies he has heard from bodies of water. He also was co-composer for the Nickelodeon children animated show The Backyardigans in association with Evan Lurie. Earlier this year he released a record, WA-Zoh, based on and inspired by bird songs.

Passes to “An Evening with Laurie Anderson” are distributed at no-cost by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and can not be sold.


October 24, 2023
6:30 pm–7:30 pm
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