Stills from The Gray Rabbit by Laurie Anderson, 2010; Laurie Anderson © Tim Knox

About the Exhibition

Artist Laurie Anderson has cast herself in roles as varied as composer, poet photographer, filmmaker, vocalist, instrumentalist and electronics whiz. Many have tried to categorize her diverse 40-year career into broader terms - performance artist avant-garde artist, even woman artist. But she opts for the more traditional term storyteller.

In The Gray Rabbit, Anderson the storyteller examines a story from her childhood. But this is no rote retelling of the summer when she was 12. Instead, through this multimedia installation, Anderson re-examines her memories of the summer she spent in hospital, realizing that what she remembers and what she recounts is what is palatable for her to remember.

For Anderson, creating the work was a way to examine the mechanism of telling a story. She also experimented with how to fit a story that was in her head into a museum gallery; she wanted to put the story in places. Dreamlike and heavily processed images that evoke scenes from her childhood story are projected onto an imaginary and iconic landscape of a town made of shredded paper. The result is a shimmering sidewalk of imagery that has the motion of narrative without its literalness.

Laurie Anderson has said that she wants her art to "...evoke a reaction more than explain anything clearly." The Gray Rabbit is a multifaceted work that inspires reflection, permits a glimpse into the artist’s personal history and illuminates the experimental and intuitive creative process of a masterful storyteller.

The Gray Rabbit premiered at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (São Paoulo and Rio de Janeiro) in 2010-11 as part of the Laurie Anderson retrospective I IN U EU EM TU. Glenbow is pleased to present the North American premiere of The Gray Rabbit in association with One Yellow Rabbit’s 2012 High Performance Rodeo.


In Conversation: Laurie Anderson
Tuesday January 17, 7:00pm

Out For Lunch Tour: The Gray Rabbit

Thursday, February 9, 12:00pm



January 2012 Interview with Laurie Anderson at The Believer Magazine

Rabbit tracks
Laurie Anderson projects pathways of memory
Published February 9, 2012 by Sheri Nault in FFWD Weekly

Supported by:

Canada Council for the Arts

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