Karen Finley: An Interview

1990 | 00:32:29 | United States | English | B&W | Mono | 4:3

Collection: On Art and Artists, Interviews, Single Titles

Tags: Documentation, Interview, Performance, VDB Interviews

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Karen Finley is well known for her confrontational monologues, often performed in clubs and bars, which exploit the stereotype of the hysterical woman to address the sexual and political taboos associated with femininity. Using a variety of unusual props, such as Jello, chocolate syrup, stuffed animals, and glitter, Finley provokes her audience into thinking about a range of repressions and contradictions in contemporary society. She gained mainstream attention when Congress questioned her NEA funding in the early 1990s.

Interview by Tom Jaremba.

A historical interview originally recorded in 1990 and re-edited in 2006.