Born in Chicago international artist Karen Finley received an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute and is now a professor in Art and Public Policy at New York University and is author to 8 books. Her transgressive art crosses disciplines from performance, music, visual art, film, installation, social practice theatre, education and literature. Finley’s appearance in London at the ICA was censored in 1986.
Karen Finley created artworks as a response to the AIDS crisis through the ‘80s and ‘90s. Frustrated and angry over the refusal to acknowledge and provide humane spaces for mourning by families and religious institutions for those lost to AIDS, Finley began creating her own spaces in poetry, performance texts and visual art.