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NEA 4 at New Museum

I am really excited about this series, particularly Karen Finley’s “Sext me if you can,” which starts at the end of the month. Check their schedule for all of the events and exhibitions!
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The NEA 4 (Karen FinleyJohn FleckHolly Hughes, and Tim Miller) will be in residence at the New Museum May 3-June 28 (culminating with an ensemble-devised world premiere performance to kick off Gay Pride). Each artist is pursuing a different project or area of research in conjunction with the current exhibition “NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash, and No Star” and “Ideas City: Untapped Capital.” Performing Beyond Funding Limits, Sext Me if You Can, Discipline & Legacy in Queer Performance, A Snowball’s Chance in Hell Revisited, Exhibit Q: Queer Bodies… Performances, Installations, Workshops, Roundtables, Talks, and MORE!

During the culture wars of the early ’90s, the work of four solo performers, funded in part by the US government, came under attack for the frank treatment of themes of gender, sexuality, subjugation, and personal trauma. In 1990, works by Karen Finley, John Fleck, Holly Hughes, and Tim Miller were defunded by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) after Congress amended the statute governing federal funding for the arts to include considerations of “general standards of decency and respect for the diverse beliefs of the American public.” Subsequently, the NEA ceased funding for individual artists altogether.
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