The Rubin Museum of Art hosts “About Time,” four on-stage conversations curated by renowned multidisciplinary artist Laurie Anderson around the concept of time. Do you feel like you’re running out of time? Which way is it going? Are you able to stop time? If so, how? Laurie Anderson tackles these questions and more with writers, thinkers, and poets who help us reframe the concept of time and perhaps our perspective on life.
Laurie Anderson + Jane Hirshfield
Friday, February 9; 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Laurie Anderson + Tom McCarthy
Friday, February 23; 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Laurie Anderson + Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi
Sunday, March 24; 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Laurie Anderson + Benjamín Labatut
Saturday, March 30; 7:00 – 8:30PM
Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011
Prior to each conversation there will be a 6:15 PM docent-led tour of the galleries.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most renowned and daring creative pioneers. She is best known for her multimedia presentations and innovative use of technology. As writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist she has created groundbreaking works that span the worlds of art, theater, and experimental music. Anderson has published seven books, and her visual work has been presented in major museums around the world. In 2002 Anderson was appointed the first artist-in-residence of NASA, which culminated in her 2004 touring solo performance The End of the Moon. Her film Heart of a Dog was chosen as an official selection of the 2015 Venice and Toronto Film Festivals and received a special screening at the Rubin Museum, where Laurie was joined in conversation with Darren Aronofsky. Laurie has made many appearances at the Rubin, and has been in conversation with Wim Wenders, Mark Morris, Janna Levin, Gavin Schmidt, Neil Gaiman, and Tiokasin Ghosthorse. She also hosted the premiere season of the Rubin’s AWAKEN podcast.
Jane Hirshfield is writing “some of the most important poetry in the world today” (The New York Times Magazine). Her most recent book is The Asking: New & Selected Poems (Knopf, 2023). She is also the author of two now-classic collections of essays, and the editor and co-translator of four books presenting world poets from the deep past. Hirshfield’s work appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, and 10 editions of The Best American Poetry. A lay-ordained practitioner of Soto Zen and former chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, she was elected into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2019. This is her first appearance on the Rubin stage.
Tom McCarthy is a novelist whose books are often structured around repetition, recess and delay, and reject linear models of time in order to explore the looping, jarring, out-of-sync temporalities that color late modernity. His first novel, Remainder, published in 2005 and recipient of the 2008 Believer Book Award, sees the victim of an unspecified technological disaster use his compensation funds to stage elaborate re-enactments of half-remembered scenes from his own past. His fourth novel, Satin Island, a 2015 Booker Prize finalist, presents a corporate anthropologist, overwhelmed by his inability to grasp, let alone sum up, his own epoch (or even to understand what ‘epoch’ might mean in an age of data-saturation in which all eras are available on replay), repeatedly fixate on the digital buffering symbol at which he spends much of his time staring, finding in it the ultimate icon for contemporary experience. His latest, The Making of Incarnation, published in 2021, is an unpacking of the history of time-and-motion study. In 2013 he was awarded the inaugural Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction. Born in Scotland, he is now a Swedish citizen, and lives in Berlin. This is his first appearance at the Rubin.
Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi is president and CEO of The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a center dedicated to inquiry, dialogue, and education on the ethical and humane dimensions of life. The Center is a collaborative and nonpartisan think-and-do tank, and its programs emphasize responsibility and examine meaningfulness and moral purpose between individuals, organizations, and societies. Six Nobel Peace Prize laureates serve as The Center’s founding members and its programs run in several countries and are expanding. Venerable Tenzin’s unusual background encompasses entering a Buddhist monastery at the age of 10 and receiving graduate education at Harvard University with degrees ranging from philosophy to physics to international relations. He is a Tribeca Disruptive Fellow and a 2018 Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. His book Running Toward Mystery—The Adventure of an Unconventional Life was published by Random House US. Venerable Tenzin serves on the boards of a number of academic, humanitarian, and religious organizations. He is the recipient of several recognitions and awards, and received Harvard’s Distinguished Alumni Honors for his visionary contributions to humanity.
Venerable Tenzin first appeared on the Rubin stage with artist Antony Gormley in 2010, and contributed a week-long teaching in 2020 as part of The Rubin Daily Offering series on how to navigate the unprecedented during the COVID lockdown.
Benjamín Labatut is a Chilean fiction writer whose English-language debut When We Cease to Understand the World sought to understand the minds of physicists and mathematicians. His latest work of fiction, The MANIAC, centers on John von Neumann whose discoveries laid the groundwork for computer science and nuclear weapons. This is his first appearance at the Rubin.