Bardo Now: Dunkerley Dialogue with Laurie Anderson and Benjamin Bogin

Artist Laurie Anderson holds a microphone and speaks as Skidmore Professor Benjamin Bogin and the audience listen
Artist Laurie Anderson speaks with Director of the Skidmore College Asian Studies Program Benjamin Bogin, Tang Teaching Museum, April 17, 2019, photo by Cindy Schultz

Join us on Wednesday, April 17, at 6:00 PM for a Dunkerley Dialogue with performance artist and practicing Buddhist Laurie Anderson and Benjamin Bogin, the director of the Asian Studies Program at Skidmore College.

Dunkerley Dialogues are made possible by a generous gift from Michele Dunkerley ’80.

The event is free and open to the public.

About Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most renowned performance artists, with boundary-breaking works that include multimedia presentations, visual arts, music, poetry, photography, and film. Among her major recordings are Big Science, Mister Heartbreak, United States Live, Strange Angels, Bright Red, Home of the Brave, and major performance pieces include United States I-V (1983), Empty Places (1990), The Nerve Bible (1995), and Songs and Stories for Moby Dick. Her visual work has been exhibited in major museums throughout the United States and Europe. In 2011 her exhibition of all new work titled “Forty-Nine Days In the Bardo” opened at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia.

Her awards include the 2001 Tenco Prize for Songwriting in San Remo, Italy and the 2001 Deutsche Schallplatten prize for Life On A String as well as grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts; the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize; Pratt Institute’s Honorary Legends Award; and Yoko Ono’s Courage Award for the Arts. In 2002, Anderson was appointed the first artist-in-residence of NASA, and she has held residencies at both CAP in UCLA in Los Angeles and EMPAC in Troy, New York. She lives in New York City.

About Benjamin Bogin

Benjamin Bogin is an Associate Professor of Asian Studies and Director of the Asian Studies Program at Skidmore College. He received his MA and PhD (Buddhist Studies) from the University of Michigan. Bogin spent six years living in Kathmandu, Nepal where he directed study-abroad programs in the Himalayas for American students. His book The Illuminated Life of the Great Yolmowa was published in 2013 by Serindia Publications and he is the co-editor of Himalayan Passages: Tibetan and Newar Studies in Honor of Hubert Decleer published by Wisdom Publications in 2014. His primary research interests are Tibetan Buddhist autobiography and the intersections of visual art, narrative, and sacred geography in Buddhist cultures.

Bardo Now Events

This event is the second in a three-night series called Bardo Now, held in conjunction with the exhibition The Second Buddha: Master of Time.

Programming for The Second Buddha was coordinated by Associate Professor of Asian Studies Benjamin Bogin through the Skidmore Faculty Scholar Residency, which is co-sponsored by the Center for Leadership, Teaching, and Learning and the Office of the Dean of Special Programs; and the Tang Teaching Museum.

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