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Wonder Cabinet with Laurie Anderson and me


Please come and enjoy an unusual event:

An All-Day Wonder Cabinet

Guest-Curated by David Rothenberg

made possible with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Saturday Feb. 25th, 2012
10:45 am till 9:30 pm

NYU’s Cantor Film Center
36 East 8th Street

Free and Open to the Public


Doctor, somehow, and all of a sudden, roaming the neighborhood aimlessly, barking at passers by and other dogs, and even ripping up the newspaper have become meaningless to me!


Dogs and  humans have been living together for a very long time. As humans are delving deeper into the evidence that humans are more animal like than we have been admitting and animals have many more so called human traits than we were able to admit it should not be a surprise that dogs enjoy the same things in the same way humans do.

As a former musician I noticed that my dogs had memorized the pieces that I was practicing.  Laurie noticed that her dog Lolabelle who spent hours and hours in the studio with her day in and day out was influenced by her voice and her sound esthetic. No wonder Lola found such joy in “making her own music” on the electronic keyboard.

In my work with dogs it is obvious that dogs are quite creative and have a definite taste in music and a sense of humor.

In the Wonder Cabinet Laurie and I will talk about our experiences with animals, dogs in particular, who have acquired a taste for so called “human” culture.

The Wonder Cabinet is an all day event. Laurie and I will be on at night.

I will post more details as I get to know them.



  1. How adorable! Such manners for Nono and Sia. Very creative on the adults end.

    Comment by karen on June 10, 2011 at 10:42 pm
  2. That is totally hilarious! Great job and really fun to watch!

    Comment by Fran on June 10, 2011 at 10:59 pm
  3. Actually my friend and website designer Kendra Dixson was the person who sent me the video. So 99% of the credit goes to her!

    Comment by Elisabeth on June 11, 2011 at 7:55 am
  4. Hee hee, well a good friend of mine forwarded it to me so the list goes on. I think it is so cute and I’m amazed at how well the dogs are behaved, although you do see a little help from the human hands so they don’t dive their noses into their dish. lol

    Comment by Kendra Dixson on June 11, 2011 at 2:56 pm
  5. yes the dogs are great! I also liked HOW they helped the dogs by pretending it was a human “putting your chin in your hands” gesture. It is most entertaining.

    Comment by Elisabeth Weiss on June 11, 2011 at 3:24 pm