Laurie Anderson in conversation with Professor Michael Smith

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 12:00pm

Fourth Floor Lobby of Bass Concert Hall

Free and Open to the Public


portrait of laurie anderson

The kaleidoscopic exhibition Landfall showcases the artwork of performance artist and contemporary music pioneer Laurie Anderson. Presented in conjunction with her performance Landfall with the Kronos Quartet at Texas Performing Arts, the exhibition is a physical and visual manifestation of Anderson’s intensely rhythmic multi-media performance. Tracing aspects of her long-standing interest in storytelling, as well as strangely unexpected intersections among art, music, technology, and language, Landfall highlights moments and stories from the world around us, as observed through Anderson’s distinct gaze.

Anderson will discuss her artistic practice and process with Professor Michael Smith, as well as field questions from the audience about her previous evening’s performance of Landfall.

The performance of Landfall by Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet scheduled for this Wednesday, October 16 at Bass Concert Hall has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. Her conversation with Michael Smith on Thursday, October 17 has also been canceled. 

About the Artist

Laurie Anderson, one of today’s leading performance artists, lives and works in New York. She graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College with a degree in Art History and received an MFA in Sculpture from Columbia University in 1972. Known primarily for her multimedia presentations, Anderson has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, electronics whiz, vocalist, and instrumentalist. She was named NASA’s first artist-in-residence in 2003 and is currently the inaugural distinguished artist-in-residence at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Anderson has performed and exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, and her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Harvard University Art Museum among others.

Michael Smith is a Professor of Transmedia in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin. He received his BA from The Colorado College and attended The Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in New York City. Smith has exhibited extensively around the US, Canada and Europe at a variety of venues from museums and galleries to nightclubs and television. His works are in the permanent collections of The Walker Art Center, Museum of Modern Art, Centre Georges Pompidou, and Museum of Radio and Television in New York City. 

Landfall is co-sponsored by Texas Performing Arts, and The University of Texas Humanities Institute, and the Department of Art and Art History. Laurie Anderson is the C.L. Henriette Cline Centennial Visiting Professor in the Humanities. Additional exhibition support comes from the Center for Women’s & Gender’s Studies.

Presented in collaboration with the Department of Art and Art History and in conjunction with the exhibition Landfall, on view September 27 – December 7