(In Person) Laurie Anderson Presents “Quartet for Sol”

FREE
Registration is required for participation in person.
Advance Insider tickets available Friday, June 10, noon ET
General passes available Monday, June 13, noon ET, pending availability
Ticket links to come
We strongly recommend claiming a ticket to ensure your seat. This program is expected to be at capacity.
Questions? Email Hirshhornexperience@si.edu
Hirshhorn Insiders, email HMSGdevelopment@si.edu


Don’t miss the final performance for Laurie Anderson: The Weather in the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden. Anderson will introduce a presentation of Quartet for Sol, a musical tribute that she composed based on conceptual artist Sol LeWitt’s number series drawings. LeWitt taught Anderson at the School of Visual Arts and remained a mentor throughout her career. Quartet for Sol, composed between 1972-74 and arranged in 2016, will be performed by celebrated cellist Rubin Kodheli and other performers to be announced. Kodheli and Anderson will perform a duet to open the event.

Can’t wait? Neither can we! Get a taste of Laurie and Rubin playing together for Laurie Anderson: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert (May 2021)

The performance will be recorded for online broadcast.


ABOUT THE PERFORMERS

As 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. 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.

Juilliard-trained composer Rubin Kodheli is a celebrated, genre-transcending creative rebel. Rubin crafts rapturous sonic collages which stir the soul and senses. His compositions teem with contemplative invitation and nuance, providing the opportunity to listen repeatedly, each time ripe with the possibility of hearing something that previously went unnoticed. The inspirational tapestry of his work is intentionally woven from blended threads of rock, jazz and classical influences, a stylistic trademark that has afforded Kodheli a career rich in its diversity of output. From his compositions appearing in feature films such as Precious (2009), to his original symphonic rock compositions, to his collaborations as a performer with genre defining artists — including Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass, Henry Threadgill, Christian McBride, Dennis Russell Davies, Meredith Monk, Joan Jett, Tom Harrell, and Snoop Dogg — Kodheli creates an intimate, masterful reimagining of the expressive capacity of his instrument.


SCHEDULE
(Timing subject to change)

 4:30 pm ET | Garden Opens

 5 pm ET | Performance Begins 


If you have any questions about accessibility for this program, please email hirshhornexperience@si.edu.


Image credit: Portrait of Laurie Anderson. Photo by Ebru Yildiz

(In Person) Film Double Feature: Laurie Anderson’s “Home of the Brave” and “Heart of a Dog”

FREE
Tickets available now 

We strongly recommend claiming a ticket to ensure your seat. This program is expected to be at capacity.
Questions? Email Hirshhornexperience@si.edu
Hirshhorn Insiders, email HMSGdevelopment@si.edu


In honor of Laurie Anderson’s broad achievement in filmmaking, enjoy an evening screening that combines a concert film and an introspective meditation on life and storytelling.


SCHEDULE

6 pm (Running Time: 90 minutes)
Home of the Brave

Experience the premiere of a newly remastered and never before seen version of Anderson’s dynamic concert film “Home of the Brave” (1986), directed by the artist herself. Filmed during her first world tour promoting 1984’s “Mister Heartbreak,” the film includes songs from the album, selections from her 1983 “United States” show, and other music, with visuals blending film, animation, dance and electronics.

7:45 pm (Running Time: 75 min)
Heart of a Dog

“Hello, little bonehead. I’ll love you forever.” So begins “Heart of a Dog,” Anderson’s wry, wondrous and unforgettable cinematic journey through love, death and language. Centering on Anderson’s beloved rat terrier Lolabelle, who died in 2011, “Heart of a Dog” is a personal essay that weaves together childhood memories; video diaries; philosophical musings on data collection, surveillance culture and the Buddhist conception of the afterlife; and heartfelt tributes to the artists, writers, musicians and thinkers who inspire her. Fusing her own witty, inquisitive narration with original violin compositions, hand-drawn animation, 8mm home movies and artwork culled from exhibitions past and present, Anderson creates a hypnotic, collage-like visual language out of the raw materials of her life and art, examining how stories are constructed and told—and how we use them to make sense of our lives.


ABOUT THE ARTIST

As 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. 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.

 

Art Cart: Wordy Weaving

Get witty at the Art Cart this week and weave words together inspired by artist and storyteller Laurie Anderson. Young artists will look closely at several of her artworks that weave words together, and make their own woven newspaper artworks. 

Find the Art Cart on the Second Level and pick up your wordy materials.


Do this at home! Create a woven artwork with scrap fabric inspired by Anni Albers. Create.

Three small, square woven pieces sit on a white surface.


 ABOUT THE ART CART

Want to make art inspired by your favorite Hirshhorn works on view? The Art Cart offers young artists a hands-on maker experience during their visit to the Hirshhorn. Each week’s Art Cart offers a fresh and fun theme featuring an artwork on view, an artmaking activity to do at the Museum, and kids projects to extend the fun at home! 

The Art Cart is free; no registration required. Drop in any Thursday between 10am-12pm. 

Stroller parking is available in the Lobby and Lower Level.

Help us stay safe and healthy! Review Smithsonian health and safety guidelines before your visit.

(In Person) Laurie Anderson Presents Lou Reed’s Drones with Stewart Hurwood

FREE

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
Hirshhorn Insiders, email HMSGdevelopment@si.edu


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.


 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.

 

Maker Morning: Performance Party

For kids (and adults!) of all ages

Bring your most creative self and meet us on the third level of the museum for a morning filled with performance and celebration. Participate in a workshop with local artist Nicoletta de la Brown. Join our friends from DC Public Library to celebrate books and reading. Create a bold accessory, dance in a performance art parade, and make your own crown to take home! 

Stroller parking is available.

WHAT’S HAPPENING

Hands-on maker stations focused on performance including making a soundsuit
10 am–1 pm | Third Level Escalator Lobby

Crown-making workshop with artist Nicoletta de la Brown
10 am–1 pm | Third Level Escalator Lobby

Reading Resources and Storytime with DC Public Library
10 am–1 pm | Lerner Room, third level


Join us again next month! Maker Morning is the Hirshhorn’s free series held on select Saturdays each month that invites kids of all ages to experience contemporary art through interactive hands-on making activities. Each month, we’ll introduce you to new activities and ideas, focused on this year’s theme of Breaking Boundaries. Drop in and explore the Museum through engaging interactives, kids tours, and more. Activities take place throughout the Museum and Sculpture Garden.

This program received federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.

Este programa recibió apoyo federal del Fondo de Iniciativas Latinas, administrado por el Centro Latino Smithsonian.

(Online) Meditation and Mindfulness: “Songs from the Bardo”

FREE
This program is online only via Zoom. Advance registration is required.


Meditation helps us build a relationship to a place of inner quietude. The Hirshhorn is partnering with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art and Smithsonian Folkways to present a 30-minute online sound meditation featuring Buddhist-inspired music by Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal, and Jesse Paris Smith from the album Songs from the Bardo. A conversation about the album will follow the meditation practice.  The program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Laurie Anderson: The Weather.

This special one-time session is part of a series of free, 30-minute online meditation sessions hosted three times a week by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art,  led by DC-based meditation teachers. The practice of meditation is rooted in a variety of Asian spiritual traditions. Each month, the National Museum of Asian Art uses a different theme as a lens through which to explore these traditions. Sessions include inspiration from art in the museum collections as well as appearances by special guest teachers and artists. All are welcome and no previous experience is required.

Meet the meditation teachers: Aparna Sadananda and Philip Bender.


ABOUT THE ALBUM

Songs from the Bardo, from internationally renowned multimedia artist Laurie Anderson, instrumentalist Tenzin Choegyal, and composer and activist Jesse Paris Smith, guides listeners through an introspective 80-minute investigation of the text of the Tibetan Book of the Dead. The album is a transporting experience, meant to draw the listener into the present moment and provide a framework for inner exploration. Choegyal says, “I have tried to channel the wisdom and traditions of my ancestors through my music in a very contemporary way while holding the depth of my lineage.” Like a guided meditation, this album suspends time, allowing listeners to fully lose themselves in the piece, as well as bringing to a new light the ideas expressed in the text, connecting the past and the present by illuminating death, the one constant in the impermanent human experience.

Enjoy an excerpt.

Songs from the Bardo can be purchased in the Hirshhorn Museum Store or online via Smithsonian Folkways.


Image courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways.

 

(In Person) “I have something to say”: Advocating for Human Rights Through Artmaking

FREE
Get tickets (limited availability)
Please note: This event will be held at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

A recording of this program will be available online on May 4.


Laurie Anderson and Mohammed el Gharani, who was detained at Guántanamo Bay from 2002 to 2009, will participate in a conversation exploring human rights and incarceration moderated by activist and film producer Kweku Mandela. The pair collaborated on the monumental video installation Habeas Corpus (2015), in which El Gharani, projected on a 14-foot sculpture modeled after the Lincoln Memorial, shares his recollections of Guantánamo and reflections on unlawful imprisonment.

Habeas Corpus is currently on view in Laurie Anderson: The Weather at the Hirshhorn.

This program is co-presented by the Anacostia Community Museum, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, National Museum of African American History and Culture, and National Museum of African Art.

The in-person program will be recorded for online broadcast. More information to come.


Image credit: Laurie Anderson, Habeas Corpus, 2015. 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

Art Cart: Word Play!

Join us to make art with words inspired by artist Laurie Anderson. Young artists will look closely at Anderson’s Four Talks and use magnetic letter and word tiles to create their own word art. Make an anagram, compose a poem, construct a shape, or tell a joke! 

Find the Art Cart on the Second Level to play with words.


Do this at home! Artist Tony Lewis loved Calvin and Hobbes when he was a boy. Inspired by a love of the “funny pages,” his artwork repurposes old comics into poems. Create.

Four comic strips of various sizes overlap, all of the details have been covered with various materials.


ABOUT THE ART CART 

Until we can gather for Storytime again, the Art Cart offers young artists themed sets of materials. Each week’s Art Cart offers a fresh and fun theme featuring an artwork on view, an art making activity to do at the Museum, and kids projects to extend the fun at home! The Art Cart is free, no registration required. Every Thursday, 10 am–12 pm

Help keep each other safe and healthy! Review Smithsonian health and safety guidelines before your visit.  Stroller parking is available on the Lower Level.

Art Cart: Invent an Instrument

Join us for a special Art Cart with the Washington Ballet! Make some noise with your self-made instrument! Investigate and play with sound. Then, make your own instrument inspired by artist Laurie Anderson. As a special collaboration with the Washington Ballet’s Dance for All, this Art Cart will include a dance workshop!

Find us on the Second Level.


Do this at home! Play a game inspired by Marcel Duchamp! Make your own noisemaker, with a secret noise inside. Create.

A makeshift noisemaker created from a toilet paper roll lies on a white surface.

A makeshift noisemaker created from a toilet paper roll lies on a white surface. Much of the roll has been covered in a clear plastic, while a golden foil covers the lower half of the roll. Two pieces of white and red striped string hold the pieces together on either end of the roll. The roll is decorated in the middle with drawn on flowers and a forever Love stamp.


Until we can gather for Storytime again, the Art Cart offers young artists themed sets of materials. Each week’s Art Cart offers a fresh and fun theme featuring an artwork on view, an art making activity to do at the Museum, and kids projects to extend the fun at home! The Art Cart is free, no registration required. Every Thursday, 10 am–12 pm

Stroller Parking is available on the Lower Level.

Help us stay safe and healthy! Review Smithsonian health and safety guidelines before your visit.

(Online) O Superwomen: Artist Talk with Rada Akbar and Laurie Anderson

FREE
This program is online only (via ZoomYouTube, and Facebook Live). Advance registration is required for Zoom participation, including the chance to ask the artist a question (time permitting). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the talk.


Laurie Anderson will be joined by Afghan conceptual artist Rada Akbar on International Women’s Day to discuss their upcoming collaboration, “A Fashion Show for Spirits,” in addition to exploring issues of women and power, perception and photography in Akbar’s ongoing project Abarzanan, which translates to “Superwomen” in Dari Persian, and Anderson’s Fully Automated Nikon (1973), currently on view in Laurie Anderson: The Weather at the Hirshhorn.


ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Rada Akbar, born and raised in Afghanistan, is an activist and artist who uses her art to speak out against misogyny and oppression. Her work consists of a mixture of wearable monuments, performance, painting, photography, curation, and installation pieces. It has been displayed in numerous national and international exhibitions. In 2015, she received an honorable mention in the UNICEF Photo of the Year Award. In 2020, her art exhibit called Abarzanan—Superwomen—which celebrates pioneering Afghan women, was featured in the New York Times, and in 2021 she received the Prince Claus Seed Award, MujerHoy awards and BBC 100 Women.

As 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. 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, New York; SoHo, New York; and extensively in Europe, including the Centre 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.


SCHEDULE

4:50 pm EST | Zoom broadcast opens

5 pm EST | Laurie Anderson in conversation with Rada Akbar


ASL translation will be provided on Zoom and CART (real-time captioning) will be provided across all platforms. If you have any questions about accessibility for this program, please email hirshhornexperience@si.edu.


Image credit (left–right): Portrait of Laurie Anderson. Photo by Ebru Yildiz.     Portrait of Rada Akbar. Courtesy of the artist.