On View June 2–July 22
Curated by Christina Strassfield.
Laurie Anderson who was the recipient of the 2011 Guild Hall Lifetime Achievement Award in the Visual Arts will be showcased in all three museum Galleries. Anderson is an avant-garde artist, composer, musician and film director whose work spans performance art, pop music, and multimedia projects. Initially trained in violin and sculpting, Anderson pursued a variety of performance art projects in New York during the 1970s, making particular use of language, technology, and visual imagery. All of these elements are still a vital part of her artistic output. The Exhibition at Guild Hall will be divided into three components that will highlight various media that Anderson works in, allowing the visitor to experience the genius of this unique artist. The three components will be: Virtual Reality, Video Performance and drawings. The Virtual Reality component will be in the Woodhouse Gallery. Chalkroom is a virtual reality work by Laurie Anderson and Hsin-Chien Huang in which the reader flies through an enormous structure made of words, drawings and stories. Once you enter you are free to roam and fly. Words sail through the air as emails. They fall into dust. They form and reform. Chalkroom was the Winner of the Best Virtual Reality Experience at the 74th Venice International Film Festival. The Spiga gallery will house a series of videos of Laurie Anderson’s performances that will run continuously. The Moran will feature 10 large scale drawings from her Lolabelle in the Bardo series. In 2011, the death of Laurie Anderson's dog, Lolabelle, triggered a series of works, including these works, Lolabelle in the Bardo. A practicing Buddhist, Anderson imagined her dog in the Bardo— a place in which, according to The Tibetan Book of the Dead, all living things must spend 49 days in preparation for reincarnation. Anderon's large-scale,120 x 168 inches, charcoal drawings of Lolabelle's journey. The works are impressive in scale and emotion. There is a frenetic energy to the works that invites the viewer to enter this other-worldy space.
Museum Hours: Fri, Sat and Mon 11am–5pm and Sun 12–5pm.
Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton, New York 11937, 631.324.0806, GuildHall.org
FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION GENEROUSLY FUNDED BY BRIDGEHAMPTON NATIONAL BANK AND LANDSCAPE DETAILS.