Laurie Anderson: About Time
with Jane Hirshfield
Friday, February 9, 2024
7:00 PM–8:30 PM Sold Out
Time is one of the most impermanent forms of measurement that humans have devised to help manage life. Do you feel like you’re running out of time? Which way is time going? Are you able to stop time? If so, how? In a series of on-stage conversations, artist, writer, and vocalist Laurie Anderson tackles these questions and more to help us reframe the concept of time and perhaps our perspective on life.
Laurie has invited a group of her favorite writers, thinkers, and poets to assist us in picturing new and different views of time.
In this first conversation, Laurie is joined by poet Jane Hirshfield, who is known as one of American poetry’s central spokespersons for the biosphere.
Arrive early to visit Laurie Anderson’s scent and video piece “Uncle Allen” in the Mandala Lab on the third floor. Then, meet at the base of the spiral staircase at 6:15 PM for a docent-led tour. All ticket buyers receive free admission to the galleries.
Other About Time guests include writer Tom McCarthy (Friday, February 23), Buddhist philosopher and teacher the Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi (Sunday, March 24), and fiction novelist Benjamín Labatut (Sunday, March 31).
About the Speakers
Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most renowned and daring creative pioneers. She is best known for her multimedia presentations and innovative use of technology. As writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist she has created groundbreaking works that span the worlds of art, theater, and experimental music. Anderson has published seven books, and her visual work has been presented in major museums around the world. In 2002 Anderson was appointed the first artist-in-residence of NASA, which culminated in her 2004 touring solo performance The End of the Moon. Her film Heart of a Dog was chosen as an official selection of the 2015 Venice and Toronto Film Festivals and received a special screening at the Rubin Museum, where Laurie was joined in conversation with Darren Aronofsky.
Laurie has made many appearances at the Rubin, and has been in conversation with Wim Wenders, Mark Morris, Janna Levin, Gavin Schmidt, Neil Gaiman, and Tiokasin Ghosthorse. She also hosted the premiere season of the Rubin’s AWAKEN podcast.
Jane Hirshfield is writing “some of the most important poetry in the world today” (The New York Times Magazine). Her most recent book is The Asking: New & Selected Poems (Knopf, 2023). She is also the author of two now-classic collections of essays, and the editor and co-translator of four books presenting world poets from the deep past.
Hirshfield’s work appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, and 10 editions of The Best American Poetry.
A lay-ordained practitioner of Soto Zen and former chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, she was elected into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2019. This is her first appearance on the Rubin stage.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.
Image credit: Stephanie Diani, 2023
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Ticket Price: $35
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A ticket grants access to a pre-program tour, theater program, and Q&A.