Laurie Anderson: Blown Away

Artist Laurie Anderson sitting in the Hirshhorn's Sculpture Garden

Aug. 20-22, 48-hours, starting at 10 am ET

Watch a limited-time online screening of multimedia artist Laurie Anderson’s storytelling performance, exclusively on the Hirshhorn’s website.

On June 15, 2021, Anderson performed “Blown Away,” (2021) a live, storytelling cycle in the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden on the National Mall. Over the course of a 38-minute performance, Anderson, whom NPR called “an artist always ahead of her time,” delivers a series of intimate reflections ranging from the power of language and packaged happiness to the dangers of a coaxed kiss and artificial intelligence. Drawing on Balzac as her muse, Anderson harnesses the power of language and music against a backdrop of modern art, birdsong, and the wind. The performance serves as a prelude to “Laurie Anderson: The Weather,” her largest U.S. exhibition to date, which opens to the public, Sept. 24, 2021 at the Hirshhorn Museum.

The broadcast will begin at 10 am on Friday, Aug. 20, the same hour in which the Hirshhorn Museum opens its doors following a 17-month closure due to COVID-19. The simultaneous invitation to in-person and virtual visitors signals the national museum of modern art reopens as a hybrid campus, committed to connecting the broadest possible audience to the artists, art, and ideas of our time.

“Laurie Anderson: The Weather” is organized by the museum’s Robert and Arlene Kogod Secretarial Scholar, associate curator of media and performance art, Marina Isgro. The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of live performances by Anderson from January 2022 to July 2022.