On Ignorance: Neil Gaiman and Laurie Anderson at Rubin Museum of Art
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Neil Gaiman is a bestselling author of award-winning novels for adults (American Gods and Neverwhere) and novels for younger readers (the Newbery Medal-winning The Graveyard Book, or Coraline, on which the Academy Award nominated film of the same name was based). He has written award-winning short stories and has written comics, including Sandman, which the Los Angeles Times called "the greatest epic in the history of comic books."
He writes songs and poems, does radio broadcasts, and even writes for TV, most recently winning the Hugo award for an episode of Doctor Who. In 2013 his books included Make Good Art, a printed version of his popular speech to the University of the Arts, and the number one New York Times bestselling novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane.
From O Superman in 1980 to Homeland released in 2010, Laurie Anderson is acknowledged as one of today's premier performance artists. Known primarily for her multimedia presentations, she has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, electronics whiz, vocalist, and instrumentalist. Major works include United States I-V (1983), Empty Places (1990), The Nerve Bible (1995), and Songs and Stories for Moby Dick, a multimedia stage performance based on the novel by Herman Melville. Anderson's visual work has been presented in major museums throughout the U.S. and Europe, including The Missing Peace here at the Rubin Museum of Art.
Venue Description: The Rubin Museum of Art holds one of the world's most important collections of Himalayan art and is the only museum in NYC dedicated to works from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kashmir, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Tibet, western China, Myanmar, and Mongolia. The museum runs an active set of programs for the general public that help illuminate themes inherent in its exhibitions, including the Naked Soul live concert series.