This fall, Laurie Anderson is UT’s visiting professor in the humanities
Performance artist Laurie Anderson is UT’s Cline Centennial Visiting Professor in the Humanities this fall.
Poet, composer, photographer, filmmaker, vocalist and instrumentalist, Anderson will make three short visits Austin during her residency this semester, to present several public and University events.
The first phase of her residency is Sept. 9-11. For the public, she’ll present “Laurie Anderson: Collected Films and Videos,” followed by a question-and-answer session. The event is at 7 p.m. on Sept. 11 and is free. The presentation is at the Grand Ballroom, Salon C, AT & T Executive Education Center, 1900 University Ave.
Her second visit (Sept. 25-27) will coincide with the opening of “Landfall,” her solo exhibit at the UT Visual Arts Center. The opening reception is 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 27 and it’s free.
On Sept 26, from 3:30-5 p.m., Anderson will participate in a public conversation about collaboration in UT’s Bates Recital Hall. The event — which is free and open to the public — will be moderated by music professor Bruce Pennycook and playwright Kirk Lynn.
Finally, on Oct. 16, Anderson will perform with the famed Kronos Quartet in the Texas premiere of “Landfall” at the Bass Concert Hall. The 70-minute piece is Anderson’s artistic response Hurricane Sandy devastation of the New York area last October. The storm flooded Anderson’s Lower Manhattan basement, ruining instruments and items she had had for years. Anderson uses sound-triggering software that projects text on to the stage as the quartet plays.
Anderson has toured to Austin regulary over the decades. Most recently, in 2012 she brought her solo show “Dirtday” to UT for two shows.
Though she began her career in the hey day of the 1970s avant-garde scene, in 1981, Anderson experienced a bit of performance art crossover fame when her song “O Superman” hit No. 2 on the British pop charts.