One of the most controversial figures in performance art, Karen Finley, will perform a limited four-show engagement of her latest work, Shut Up and Love Me at P.S. 122, Nov. 20 -27.
Shut Up and Love Me, which is about sex, will feature Finley's unique histrionic version of "On The Road" as she "deconstructs the Electra complex, skewers Winnie The Pooh," and offers her own striptease.
Described by production sources as a "humorous, bawdy, and erotic journey of psychosexual lust and dysfunctional companionship," Finley promises to be as independent and outspoken in this show as she ever was.
Considered one of the most visceral performance artists of her generation, Finley employs theatre, performance, spoken word and visual art with her darkly humorous and arresting performances.
Synonymous with contemporary performance art, Finley is the recipient of two Obies, two Bessies, and numerous grants from the NEA and NYSCA. She has toured internationally with numerous pieces including The American Chestnut, We Keep Our Victims Ready, and A Certain Level of Denial. In 1990, after receiving continued support from the NEA, Finley became an unwilling symbol for political influences on arts funding when she, along with Tim Miller, Holly Hughes and John Fleck, sued the NEA for withdrawing grants on the grounds of indecency.
Finley has recently completed her newest book, "Pooh Unplugged" as well as a spread in Playboy magazine and numerous appearances on the televised program, "Politically Incorrect." Other projects include 1-900 ALL-KAREN, which is sponsored by Creative Time and the Obie Award winning The Return of The Chocolate Smeared Woman.
Finley's Shut Up and Love Me runs November 20-27 at 11 PM. Tickets are $20. P.S. 122 is located at 150 First Avenue (at Ninth Street -- accessible from the L train at First Avenue or No. 6 at Astor Place). For information and reservations call (212) 477-5288 or visit www.ps122.org.
-- By Murdoch McBride