Laurie Anderson was born in Chicago in 1947 and currently lives and works in New York. In 1969 she earned a B.A. from Barnard College and an M.F.A. from Columbia University in 1972. Anderson held the first artist residency at NASA, which culminated in her performance The End of the Moon (2004). Anderson's solo exhibitions include The Waters Reglitterized, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York (2005); The Record of the Time: Sound in the Work of Laurie Anderson, Musee d'Art Contemporain de Lyon, France (2003); Whirlwind, Artists Space, New York (1998); Laurie Anderson, Fondazione Prada, Milan (1998); Laurie Anderson: Works from 1969 - 1983, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (1983); Projects: Laurie Anderson, Museum of Modern Art, New York (1978); and Jukebox, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York (1977).

Group exhibitions include Looking at Music: Side 2, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2009); Street & Studio: An Urban History of Photography, Tate Modern, London (2008); Moving Pictures, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2002); Connivance, Sixth Biennale de Lyon, France (2001); 12th Biennale of Sydney (2000); The American Century: Art and Culture, 1950 - 2000, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1999); Performance in the 1970s: Experiencing the Everyday, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1998); The Arts for Television, Musee d'Art Contemporain de Montreal (1989); and A Sound Selection: Audio Works by Artists, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (1980).

Her recording career, launched by the single O Superman (1980), includes the album Big Science (1982), the soundtrack to her feature-length film Home of the Brave (1986), and her solo album Life on a String (2001).

Photo of Laurie Anderson by Tim Knox