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Heart of a Dog

  • Fenimore Art Museum 5798 NY-80 Cooperstown, NY, 13326 United States (map)
Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson

Besides her art and music-making, one of Laurie Anderson’s gifts to the world is her storytelling. In Heart of Dog, she tells stories about her dog Lollabelle—and in the process opens up magical ways of thinking about life, death, danger, friendship, hardship, family, art, music, and, of course, animals. A rat terrior that Anderson and her late husband Lou Reed adopted and then developed close bonds with over the years, Lollabelle soldiered on through bouts of sickness and blindness, and, eventually, showed Laurie how to decode the meaning of life. But far from becoming a treatise on dogs and dying, the film is a vivid, expansive, and playful stream of consciousness—a painterly poem with a moral just below the surface. Lou Reed began the filming with Anderson and, though never mentioned, he appears in fragments of home movie footage and his song Turning Time Around is played over the final credits. “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards”—Kierkegaard. (Laurie Anderson, 2015, 75 minutes)

Sponsored by Susquehanna Animal Shelter


$7 at the door

Later Event: November 12
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