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Oil on canvas Pink Painting by Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson

Pink Painting, 2012
Oil on canvas
120 x 168 inches (304.8 x 426.7 cm)
© Laurie Anderson; Photo by Oto Gillen; Courtesy the artist and Vito Schnabel Gallery

For more than 40 years, New York performance artist Laurie Anderson has created art defined not by genre but by inspiration and technology. The result is a body of work that is wildly diverse, with a unified purpose to reflect the world in all its melancholy, disjointed, mesmerizing glory. This month, Anderson spends a weekend in Seattle, performing her latest work, Dirtday!, between appearances at Kane Hall for an informal lecture (Friday, Oct. 19) and the Intiman Theatre for a panel discussion on “the Role of Art in Civic Action” (Sunday, Oct. 21). On the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street protests, Anderson spoke with us as she wandered the streets of Berkeley prior to a performance of Dirtday!

Dirtday! is the third in a trilogy of storytelling works started in 2002. Did you know what this piece was going to look like ten years ago?

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