An Evening with Laurie Anderson (on screen that is)

featuring two films and a reception!
Friday, February 19 @ 7:00

This special town-gown event is geared toward Cornell & Ithaca College faculty members, graduate students and Ithaca community members, who are invited to socialize at a reception in between the offering of two films directed by multimedia artist Laurie Anderson. Anderson has said, “My work is a combination of film, music, electronics, storytelling, dancing, social commentary, impersonation, animation and anything else I come up with. What I do has been described as ‘high-tech opera,’ ‘live art,’ ‘electronic stand-up comedy,’ ‘avant-rock,’ and that clumsy label ‘performance art,’ which always sounded to me like a bad translation from German. Fortunately, nobody knows what ‘performance art’ refers to.”

She can add filmmaker to her “skill-set,” especially now with the recent release of her acclaimed documentary Heart of a Dog, which at press time was one of 15 films shortlisted for Best Documentary Feature Oscar. A richly textured cine-essay, Heart of Dog pays tribute to Anderson’s dog, Lolabelle, as well as the late Lou Reed (Anderson’s husband), while also offering lyrical musings on “the evasions of memory, the limitations of language and storytelling, the strangeness of life in a post-9/11 surveillance state, and the difficulty and necessity of coming to terms with death.” (Variety) It will screen at 7pm on Friday, February 19 and be followed by an hour-long beer/wine reception.

Anderson’s super enjoyable performance film, Home of the Brave (1986), shown in a rare 35mm film print, will then grace the screen at 9:15pm.

Advance tickets for this special event are $20 and are available now at Door sales will be $25. Comps and passes not accepted.

Please note: Heart of a Dog will also be shown on Thursday, February 18 for regular ticket prices; patrons can also opt to attend the screening only of Home of the Brave at 9:15pm for $10.

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