Laurie Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1947. She attended Mills College in California and graduated from Barnard College in 1969. In 1972, she obtained an MFA in sculpture from Columbia University.
Known primarily for her multimedia presentations, Anderson has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, vocalist and instrumentalist. Anderson performed in New York throughout the 1970s; mass audiences first encountered her work when O Superman
launched her recording career in 1980. Her recorded work is currently released by Nonesuch Records and since 1983 includes eight releases by Warner Bros Records. She has published six books, produced numerous videos, films, radio pieces and original scores for dance and film.
Anderson's visual work has been presented in major museums throughout the United States and Europe. In 2003, The Musée d'art Contemporain of Lyon in France produced a touring retrospective of her work, entitled The Record of the Time: Sound in the Work of Laurie Anderson
. This retrospective included installations, audio, instruments, video and art objects and spanned Anderson's career from the 1970's to her most current works.
Anderson's first exhibition at Sean Kelly Gallery, The Waters Reglitterized
, opened in September of 2005. For this exhibition she presented a 'diary' of dreams and their literal recreations as works of art; Anderson used the language of dreams to investigate the dreams themselves. The resulting pieces - drawings, prints and high definition video - took her work in theater and visual imagery to an astounding new level.
Other recent projects include her participation on the team that created the opening ceremony for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. From 2002-2004 she was the first artist-in-residence at NASA, an experience that inspired her solo performance, The End of the Moon
, which toured throughout the U.S. and Europe in 2006. In 2008 she completed a two-year worldwide tour of her latest performance piece, “Homeland”, which was released on Nonesuch Records in 2010.
In 2007, Anderson was awarded the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize for her "outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind's enjoyment and understanding of life."
Laurie Anderson lives and works in New York.