Fine Arts Work Center In Provincetown

Laura Ortman Live — A Closing Performance

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Join us for a performance by Laura Ortman

“Sometimes, I like to call the violin a smoke machine because of all the beautiful essences that smoke entails. The way the rosin hits the string and makes a cloud of smoke. The physical aspects of the violin bring up things that I didn’t even realize I knew that deeply.” 

—Laura Ortman Interview for Socrates Sculpture Park (2020)

Laura Ortman is one of the most celebrated experimental violinists of her generation. She is versed in Apache violin, piano, electric guitar, keyboards, and pedal steel guitar and is a producer of capacious field recordings. She has performed at The Whitney Museum of American Art and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Toronto Biennial in Ontario, the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris, among countless established and DIY venues in the US, Canada, and Europe. In 2008 Ortman founded the Coast Orchestra, an all-Native American orchestral ensemble that performed a live soundtrack to Edward Curtis’s film In the Land of the Head Hunters (1914), the first silent feature film to star an all-Native American cast. Most recently, Ortman was awarded the prestigious United States Artists Fellowship (2022), as well as a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant (2022). She is also the recipient of the 2020 Jerome@Camargo Residency, 2017 Jerome Foundation Fellowship, the 2016 Art Matters Grant, the 2016 Native Arts and Culture Foundation Fellowship, the 2015 IAIA’s Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Social Engagement Residency and the 2014-15 Rauschenberg Residency. She was also a participating artist in the 2019 Whitney Biennial. Ortman lives in Brooklyn, New York.