"An engrossing solo show."
—The New York Times
“The exhibition itself is a kind of archive, but its poetics, as [Edward] Snowden suggests, are less vested in the archive than in how its data is encountered at the level of everyday life.”
"One of your missions as a museum is to create a platform for artists who make socially conscious art, who are compelled to deal with social and political issues. . . . Laura was an original, strong and compelling voice in all that."
—Jay Sanders speaks about Laura Poitras, The New York Times
"Oscar-winning Documentarian Laura Poitras Is Emerging—Carefully—Into the Spotlight”
"The Boston-born filmmaker has found a new outlet to bring home the realities of the surveillance state to Americans.”
"A New Violent Image: Laura Poitras at The Whitney"
—The Huffington Post
“As with her films, which are told stylishly, the installation immediately engages the senses.”
"This Museum Is Being Watched: At the Whitney, Filmmaker Laura Poitras Transforms Evidence Into Art."
"NSA: National Security, Art"
"How Laura Poitras Explored Spying and the War on Terror at the Whitney"
“Arguably the fiercest, and the most vivid chronicler and critic of the ‘war on terror’"
—New Yorker Radio Hour
"Poitras . . . gives emotional resonance to an aspect of foreign policy that can otherwise seem as abstract and remote as drone warfare itself."
"Astro Noise at the Whitney Museum, reveals the vast scale of the post-9/11 surveillance state."
“Snowden’s Chronicler Reveals Her Own Life Under Surveillance”
“Laura Poitras at the Whitney: Redrawing the War on Terror”
“[Poitras] treads new territory, presenting work that breaks away from the format of documentary filmmaking and moves into the realm of immersive art installations.”
“The medium marks a shift for her: Poitras's ability to use her reporting to tell striking stories is taking on a new shape.”
“The show implicates and involves its audience in the subject matter.”
"[Poitras] is clearly relishing the opportunity to play with space, to use sound and text ambitiously, and to choreograph her viewers"
"Now the filmmaker, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and artist has her first solo exhibit. "Astro Noise" is a series of installations that explore topics including mass surveillance, Guantánamo Bay, the war on terror and torture."
—AM New York