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Edwin Booth award Ceremony Honoring Performance Artist Karen Finley

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Apr 4, 2008
Apr 4, 2008
Segal Theater

Presented by the Doctoral Theatre Students Association of CUNY

Karen Finley Photo by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Karen Finley
Photo by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

The Edwin Booth Award was established in 1983 by the Doctoral Theatre Students Association to honor a person, organization, or company in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the New York City/American Theatre and Performance Community. Only students of the program nominate candidates and elect recipients. Named after the nineteenth-century actor who was also renowned for his intellect, the award promotes integration of the professional and academic theatre communities. Past honorees include: Paula Vogel (05), Tony Kushner (02), Richard Foreman (97), Arthur Miller (92), Josep Papp (89), Ellen Stewart (84) and The Royal Shakespeare Company (83).

Karen Finley is a New York based artist whose raw and transgressive performances have long provoked controversy and debate. She has exhibited internationally her visual art, performances and plays. Her performances have been presented at Lincoln Center, The Guthrie, American Repertory Theatre, The ICA in London, The Steppenwolf and The Bobino in Paris. Her artworks are in numerous collections and museums including the Pompidou in Paris and Museum of Contemporary Art, LA. Finley attended the San Francisco Art Institute receiving an MFA and honorary PHD. She has received numerous awards and fellowships including a Guggenheim, 2 OBIES, 2 Bessies, MS. Magazine Woman of the Year, NARAL Person of the Year (which she shared with Anna Quindlen and Walter Cronkite), NYSCA and NEA Fellowships. Finley was one of four artists whose NEA grant applications were vetoed due to content considered “indecent.” Finley and the other three artists sued for reinstatement and won the case in 1993 in the ninth circuit court in Los Angeles. The ruling was appealed and the case went to the Supreme Court and lost, in a decision that allowed the government to place restrictions on funding based on “decency standards.” She has been on television, radio, print and electronic media for her opinions and reflections on contemporary culture. She writes for Huffington Post. In 2007 Finley created an installation, Nation Building, which explores America’s history of racism and violence as a repeated theme in America’s occupation and war with Iraq. She currently is an Arts Professor in Art and Public Policy at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.

7:00 p.m., Friday, April 4, 2008 Martin E. Segal Theatre. Free!