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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Karen Finley, Controversial Performance Artist, to Appear in Conversation at Yerba Buena

Posted on Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Karen Finley: provocateur - TIMOTHY GREENFIELD-SANDERS
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  • Karen Finley: provocateur
If you look up the word provocateur in Merriam-Webster's online dictionary, you'll see an example that might as well has been written about Karen Finley: "[S]he has made a career out of controversy for its own sake."

Finley has aimed her perfomance art squarely at upending taboos regarding sex, gender, and celebrity. She has been vilified by people on the political right. Her most recent book is called The Reality Shows.

Finley is scheduled to make a number of San Francisco appearances this month. One of them is Wednesday, March 30, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Finley will have a conversation about her book with the center's executive director, Ken Foster.

After the conversation Finley will answer questions from the audience. The event is free; to attend, RSVP here.

In the video clip above, Finley talks about doing semi-nude performance art outside a San Francisco JC Penney (then continuing it in an SFPD squad car after she was arrested), and being made to wear fake pubic hair while performing at the city's famous Condor strip club. The reason will undoubtedly surprise you.

For more events in San Francisco this week and beyond, check out our calendar section.

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