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Portrait of Laurie Anderson Installation view from Laurie Anderson: The Weather at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, 2021. Courtesy of the artist Photo by Ron Blunt


All advance tickets for this program have been claimed. Don’t worry! This four-hour performance is designed for attendees to drop in and out of throughout its duration, and we will save a select number of spots for walk-ups, on a first-come, first served basis. Attendees can arrive any time during the program and enjoy the experience for as long as they like.

Standby will be located on Jefferson Avenue.

Questions? Email Hirshhornexperience@si.edu
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For one time only, Grammy award-winning musician and multimedia artist Laurie Anderson presents a drone-based sonic outdoor experience as part of the yearlong celebration of Lou Reed’s 80th birthday. Anderson and special guests will perform live throughout the afternoon alongside an installation of guitars from her late husband’s collection that will be curated by Reed’s former guitar technician Stewart Hurwood. Reed’s instruments are arranged with a group of amplifiers to create an enveloping drone of harmonics that shifts as the sound waves and the audience move through the space.

Please note that the performance will be loud.

This performance will be presented as part of Sound Scene, an annual sound festival presented in partnership with DC Listening Lounge.


As a Grammy Award-winning musician, performer, writer, and artist, Anderson has an international reputation as an artist who combines the traditions of the avant-garde with popular culture. Anderson’s theatrical works combine a variety of media, including performance, music, poetry, sculpture, opera, anthropological investigations, and linguistic games, to elicit emotional reactions. As a visual artist, Anderson has been shown at the Guggenheim Museum, SoHo, and extensively in Europe, including the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. She has also released seven albums for Warner Brothers, including Big Science, featuring the song “O Superman,” which rose to No. 2 on the British pop charts. She is currently Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University.



June 3, 2022
3:00 pm–7:00 pm
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Hirshhorn Museum, Independence Ave SW & 7th St SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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