This picture is irresistable. Musician and multi-media artist Laurie Anderson is so young, and she’s playing a hybrid instrument of her own invention, the Viophonograph. No wonder The New York Times chose it to illustrate today’s writeup about Anderson’s new album, “Homeland.” Apparently, the Viophonograph was a part of Anderson’s journey to “Homeland.” This from Anderson’s famous musician husband, Lou Reed: “I think this record is the fruition of everything from her prior records and experiences and thoughts, they all came together in this one … She’s a mature artist. There’s a lot of things she can show you.”
“Viophonograph” is included in the Nasher Museum’s upcoming exhibition, “The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl.”
IMAGE: Laurie Anderson, “Viophonograph,” 1976. Photo by Bob Bielecki. Image courtesy of the artist and Sean Kelly Gallery, New York.