September 19, 2011

Laurie Anderson: Forty-Nine Days in the Bardo


Laurie Anderson: Forty-Nine Days in the Bardo

On View from September 20th-November 19th, 2011


Laurie Anderson:  Animal Stories

Performance/Lecture and Reception: Thursday, October 13th, 2011
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I dreamed I was a dog in a dog show and my father came to the dog show and he said, “That’s a really good dog. I like that dog.” — Laurie Anderson
The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) is pleased to present an exhibition by internationally renowned performance artist Laurie Anderson, Forty-Nine Days in the Bardo, on view from Tuesday, September 20th through November 19th, 2011. FWM is also featuring Animal Stories a special, one-night performance/lecture by Laurie Anderson on Thursday, October 13th, 2011.
Laurie Anderson’s exhibition of new, multimedia installations, Forty-Nine Days in the Bardo, includes texts as well as drawings, sculptures, projections, and sound, which are made from materials including mud, foil, iron, chalk, and ashes. Using the structure of a diary and The Tibetan Book of the Dead—also known as The Great Liberation Through Hearing in the Bardo—this exhibition explores the themes of love and death, the many levels of dreaming, and illusion.
Anderson’s performance/lecture Animal Stories, will showcase stories and songs related to the making of her FWM exhibition. Using her signature violin and advanced electronics, the evening will also feature related pieces from her previous performance work. Laurie Anderson states, “In working on this exhibition I realized that whales, dogs, snakes, horses, ants, and many other creatures have played a big part in my work. Animal Stories, the informal performance/lecture on October 13, will be a collection of stories about animals throughout my work life.”
About the Artist
Recognized as a seminal artist of our time, Laurie Anderson (b. 1947 Chicago, IL) emerged in downtown New York in the 1970s—a period of expression in opposition to political, economical, and social conventions—performing and exhibiting her works in alternative art settings. Over the course of thirty years, Anderson has distinguished herself as a multifaceted artist, who addresses life, politics, social issues, and technology through her use of spoken word and storytelling. In her theatrical performance, she integrates projected film and video, photography, graphics, sculpture, and electronic and instrumental music.
A pivotal point in Anderson’s work was in 1975, when she transitioned from being a musician and sculptor to a multi-media performance artist. That year, she used a variety of media—such as film and slides, audio tape and spoken stories, and performance—in a piece titled “As If.” The Musée d’Art Contemporain of Lyon, France produced a touring retrospective of her visual work in 2003, titled “The Record of the Time:  Sound in the Work of Laurie Anderson” that was also presented in Milan, Italy; Düsseldorf, Germany; Dublin, Ireland; and Tokyo, Japan. Anderson served as the first artist-in-residence at NASA from 2002-2004, and participated on the team that worked on the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. She has produced countless videos, films, and radio pieces (including a series of programs for French radio), seven albums for Warner Bros. Records and her new releases with Nonesuch Record, and original scores for film and dance, and has published six books. Anderson lives and works in New York.
Also on View at The Fabric Workshop and Museum
Nari Ward:  We the People
On view from September 20th – November 19th, 2011
Reception and Artist Talk on First Friday, November 4th, 2011
At The New Temporary Contemporary, 1222 Arch
Fighting Kissing Dancing
The Fabric Workshop and Museum, in an exchange with the de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, Miami, featuring video works by Miami and New York based artists. 
Uncommon Wealth by the People of Philadelphia
Make a 300 million dollar difference! A special interactive exhibition in collaboration with artist Mel Chin.
About The Fabric Workshop and Museum
The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) is the only museum of its kind, offering internationally renowned artists the resources to create new work in experimental materials. Artists come from all media—including sculpture, installation, video, painting, ceramics, and architecture—and use FWM’s facilities and technical expertise to create works of art that they could not create on their own. Research, construction, and fabrication occur on-site in studios that are open to the public, providing visitors with the opportunity to see works of art from conception to completion. FWM’s permanent collections include not only complete works of art, but also material research, samples, prototypes, and photography and video of artists making and speaking about their work. Access to the creative process provides visitors with a point of entry into understanding challenging works of contemporary art. FWM offers an unparalleled experience to those young and old, including the most significant artists of our time, students, and the general public.
The programs of The Fabric Workshop and Museum are supported by Agnes Gund, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Barra Foundation, Claneil Foundation, The Dedalus Foundation, Inc., Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, The Philadelphia Foundation, The Honickman Foundation, Independence Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Judith Rothschild Foundation, LEF Foundation, LLWW Foundation, Louis N. Cassett Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New Millennium Charitable Foundation, The New York Community Trust, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, PNC Foundation, PNC Arts Alive, The Quaker Chemical Foundation, Samuel S. Fels Fund, Uplands Family Foundation, and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.
For more information, or to request images, please contact Michele Bregande, Assistant to the Directors, at, or 215.561.8888.