The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden presents the largest-ever US exhibition of artwork by groundbreaking multimedia artist, performer, musician, and writer Laurie Anderson, from Sept. 24, 2021–August 7, 2022. Laurie Anderson: The Weather debuts more than a dozen new artworks, interspersed with select key works, including Habeas Corpus (2015), from throughout her five-decade career. Guiding visitors through an immersive audiovisual experience in the Museum’s second-floor galleries, this dynamic exhibition showcases the artist’s boundless creative storytelling process, featuring her work in video, performance, installation, painting, and other media.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of live performances by Anderson from January 2022 to August 2022. Curated by Marina Isgro, Robert and Arlene Kogod Secretarial Scholar, Associate Curator of Media and Performance Art, and Mark Beasley.
This exhibition contains dark galleries with immersive light and sound installations. Some works include flashing lights that may affect visitors who are photosensitive.
Printed copies and a braille version are available at the museum.
About the Artist
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.
IN THE NEWS
60 Minutes: Laurie Anderson The 60 Minutes Interview
The New York Times Magazine: Laurie Anderson Has a Message for Us Humans
No More Rulers: Laurie Anderson: Where Do We Start?