Dickie Landry was a founding member of the original group that formed the Philip Glass Ensemble in 1969 and performed with the Ensemble through 1981, including the opera Einstein on the Beach by Glass and Robert Wilson. He has collaborated with the Talking Heads, Laurie Anderson, Bob Dylan, Keith Sonnier, and Paul Simon, among many others. Landry started his SOLO performances in 1972, often in gallery and museum settings, including the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City. Landry was commissioned by Dominique de Menil to compose a Mass for the Rothko Chapel for the inauguration of the Menil Collection, Houston (1986), and he frequently performed at Robert Rauschenberg’s exhibition openings. In the theater, his collaborations include work with Trisha Brown (Astral Convertible, 1989) and Robert Wilson (1433, 2010). Landry has made many seminal recordings and sound tracks, and his photographs, drawings, videos, and paintings have been included in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This past Spring, Landry performed a solo saxophone show for art lovers visiting the Guggenheim in Manhattan.
Landry is now performing with the swamp pop supergroup, Lil Band o’ Gold along with guys like C.C. Adcock and Steve Riley. Landry’s paintings, videos, photographs and drawings have been shown in galleries and museums around the world.
His latest art show, “Evolution of an Idea,” is currently on display in the Manship Theatre Gallery at the Shaw Center for the Arts in Downtown Baton Rouge. Though the work is already on the walls, an opening reception will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4.
“All of these pieces of work were stored in my house, and I was happy to getting them out of here,” Landry said. “Basically, this show was easy. The hardest part was cleaning the paintings after being stored and hung up on the walls for years, getting the dust and fly stuff off them.”
The exhibit showcases drawings, paintings and photographs Landry has made since 1974, all following a common theme. Many of the items on display haven’t been seen outside of Landry’s home.