The Humanities Institute at the University of Texas at Austin is delighted to welcome Laurie Anderson as its seventh C. L. and Henriette Cline Centennial Visiting Professor in the Humanities. Anderson will visit Austin three times during her residency and will participate in a variety of public and University events.
A graduate of Barnard College with an MFA in sculpture from Columbia University, Anderson is an experimental performing artist and composer renowned for her innovative use of technology in the arts. This includes incorporating such devices as elaborate installation pieces, voice filters, and improvised musical instruments. Throughout her career she has cast herself in roles as wide-ranging as poet, composer, photographer, filmmaker, vocalist, and instrumentalist.
Over the past three decades, Anderson has performed throughout the United States and internationally. Some of her notable works include United States I-V, Empty Places, The Nerve Bible, and Songs and Stories for Moby Dick. She has also presented a number of acclaimed solo works, including Happiness, which premiered in 2001.
Anderson’s visual work has been featured by several museums in the U.S. and Europe, including a retrospective at The Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon in France, entitled The Record of the Time: Sound in the Work of Laurie Anderson, as well as an exhibition at the Sean Kelly Gallery in New York, entitled The Waters Reglitterized. She has published six books, among them Night Life and Stories from the Nerve Bible: A Twenty-Year Retrospective, and has released seven albums through Warner Brothers, most recently “Homeland” and “Big Science.”
She received the 2001 Tenco Prize for Songwriting in San Remo, Italy and the 2001 Deutsche Schallplatten prize for Life on a String, in addition to grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2002, Anderson was appointed the first artist-in-residence of NASA, out of which she developed her solo performance “The End of the Moon,” which premiered in 2004 and toured internationally through 2006.
The first phase of her residency, from September 9-11, 2013, includes a seminar with University faculty and graduate students, and a public showing of Laurie Anderson: Collected Films and Videos, followed by a question-and-answer session. The second visit, from September 25-27, features discussions with faculty and students, and the opening of the Landfall exhibit at the Visual Arts Center. During her final visit, from October 15-17, Anderson will perform with the Kronos Quartet in the Texas premiere of Landfall at the Bass Concert Hall. There will be talk-backs after the performance and the following morning (photo: Laurie Anderson performing with the Kronos Quartet).
Major support for Laurie Anderson's residency is provided by Texas Performing Arts, the Visual Arts Center, the C. L. and Henriette Cline Centennial Visiting Professorship in the Humanities, the Holloway Endowment, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Department of Art and Art History.