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Laurie Anderson


  • Exhibition

  • On view through 2024

Reservations are required to experience Laurie Anderson and Hsin-Chien Huang’s two virtual reality works, To the Moon and Chalkroom; there is no additional charge, but advanced reservations are required. Please note: kids must be 10 and older to experience the VR works.

Laurie Anderson is one of today’s premier multimedia artists, known for her achievements as a visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, vocalist, and instrumentalist, and her innate ability to meld her dynamic practices into new and vibrant forms. Her seemingly boundless oeuvre includes the creation of books, albums, and performances that incorporate film, slides, recorded audio, live music, and spoken word. Anderson has long been recognized as a groundbreaking leader in the use of technology in the arts and has developed new musical instruments, including the tape bow violin, in which the bow has been replaced with magnetic audiotape and the bridge with a reader. She was one of MASS MoCA’s first artists-in-residence and has returned to the museum many times to develop and discuss works-in-progress. In MASS MoCA’s B6: The Robert W. Wilson Building, Anderson invites viewers to explore a multi-functional constellation of galleries and installations including a working studio, audio archive, exhibition venue, and a virtual reality environment for experiences she co-created with Hsin-Chien Huang. Taken together, the exhibition highlights both Anderson’s creative process and some of her most unforgettable works.

As of October 2022, works from her recent exhibition The Weather at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC have come to fill one of her gallery spaces at MASS MoCA. The updated gallery includes past works such as Sidewalk (2012), a video projection displayed on the gallery floor, as well as new works such as Scroll (2021), an “AI Bible” created in collaboration with the Art Intelligence Agency and the Australian Institute for Machine Learning.

Further Reading
Interview with Laurie Anderson, f news Magazine, April 2006

Download a PDF of the exhibition guide here.

Laurie Anderson, The Chalkroom, 2017
Virtual reality installation with Hsin-Chien Huang
photo: Christin DeFord

Taiwan Ministry of Culture