Editor’s Pick: The artist as rock star

Laurie Anderson

A younger Anderson plays the Viophonograph in 1977

The influential artist Laurie Anderson has performed at festivals, contributed music to films and created installations that span the arenas of sculpture, photography, lithography and music. In 1983, the Institute of Contemporary Arts recognized Anderson’s impressive body of work in a mid-career retrospective, “Laurie Anderson, Works from 1969-1983,” curated by then-Director Janet Kardon.

On March 24, Anderson sits down with Kardon—now the director of the American Craft Museum—as part of the ICA’s 40th Anniversary Lecture Series. Following their conversation, the ICA will host its Benefit 2004, an annual dinner and dance party gala celebrating 40 years of cutting-edge installations and exhibitions. Missed a past exhibit? Be sure to catch the evening’s presentation of the ICA’s illustrious history in photographs. For more information, visit the ICA’s Web site: www.icaphila.org or call 215-898-5911.

— H.A.D.

- ICA TURNS 40: Laurie Anderson speaks with Janet Kardon at 6 p.m. on March 24 in Room B-1, Meyerson Hall, 210 S. 34th St. Cocktails and dinner at 7 p.m. at the ICA, 118 S. 36th St. Dessert and dancing at 10 p.m., also at the ICA. Tickets $30 and up. Visit www.icaphila.org for more information.

Originally published on March 18, 2004