Anderson, Laurie

Anderson, Laurie,

1947–, American performance artist, b. Chicago. Originally a sculptor, she was influenced by Philip GlassGlass, Philip,
1937–, American composer, b. Baltimore. Considered one of the most innovative of contemporary composers, he was a significant figure in the development of minimalism in music. Glass attended the Univ. of Chicago, Juilliard (M.A.
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 and other avant-garde composers in the early 1970s and soon turned to the creation of multimedia performance artperformance art,
multimedia art form originating in the 1970s in which performance is the dominant mode of expression. Perfomance art may incorporate such elements as instrumental or electronic music, song, dance, television, film, sculpture, spoken dialogue, and storytelling.
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. Anderson is best known for quirky, witty, and elaborate events that typically combine such elements as electronic and instrumental music, song, theater, film, and video projections; they include United States I–IV of the 1980s and Nerve Bible (1992). In 1982 she scored a pop music hit with "O Superman," and has since made a number of albums, e.g., Big Science (1984), Strange Angels (1989), Bright Red (1994). She has also made video and film pieces, composed orchestral works and soundtracks, created and performed monologues, and written books. Her first CD-ROM, The Ugly One with the Jewels, was released in 1994.


See study by R. Goldberg (2000).

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Participating artists include: Keri Anderson, Laurie Atchue, Susmita Bando, Jay Benotti, Christine Cross, Joe DiGregorio, Margaret Fitzgerald, Paula Imbergamo, Alana Juneau, Darya Kuruna, Timmary Leary, Roger Lemelin, Stacy Lord, Juliana Pepper, Ann Rokosky, Cory Shepherd, Jamie Sullivan and Fran Warner.