60 Minutes: “I tell stories”: Artist and pioneer of the avant-garde Laurie Anderson on her unique work and life
Laurie Anderson is an artist whose work defies any easy description. She’s a pioneer of the avant-garde, but as we learned, that doesn’t begin to describe what she creates.
Her work isn’t sold in galleries. It’s experienced by audiences who come to see her perform: singing, telling stories, and playing strange violins of her own invention.
She won a Grammy for a chamber music album about Hurricane Sandy and remains one of America’s most unusual and visionary artists. A major exhibition of her work is on display at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. Ladies and gentlemen, Laurie Anderson.
She’s played electronic drums on her body and electric violins that sing and howl. For nearly five decades now, she’s blended the beautiful and the bizarre, challenging audiences with homilies and humor. —Anderson Cooper
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