University at Buffalo
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Visual Studies

Karen Finley, Artist in Residency, October 21-22, 2013

September 18, 2013  by: Dom

Karen Finley

The Gender Institute, the Graduate Student Association, the Leslie Lohman Museum for Gay and Lesbian Art Queer Art Lecture Series, and the Department of Art Speaker Series present Karen Finley, Artist in Residency, October 21-22, 2013.

Schedule of Events

  • Monday 10/21 at 6:30pm: Visual Studies Speaker Series Lecture: Trauma and Creativity
    Location: 112 Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo North Campus
  • Tuesday 10/22 from 12pm-1:30pm: Roundtable Lunch Discussion: Censorship and the Arts
    Location: 210 Student Union, University at Buffalo North Campus
  • Tuesday 10/22 at 7pm Performance: Written in Sand: Collected AIDS Writings
    Location: Baird Recital Hall, Baird 250, University at Buffalo North Campus

All events are free and open to the public.

Karen Finley is an artist, performer and author.  Born in Chicago, she received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She works in a variety of mediums such as installation, video, performance, public art, visual art, music and literature.  She has performed and exhibited internationally. Finley was the named plaintiff in Finley vs. The NEA that was argued in the Supreme Court in 1998 about the application of decency in government funding.  Finley is active in freedom of expression concerns, visual culture, and art education and lectures, and gives workshops widely. The author of 8 books including her latest work of creative nonfiction; /Reality Shows /published by Feminist Press 2011. Most recently she had a performance and installation of her interactive work /Sext Me if You Can /at the New Museum, New York City, May 2013, where museum patrons commission Finley with a sext taken in a private booth in the museum, which she then transforms into art. She is the recipient of many awards and grants including a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is an arts professor in the department of Art and Public Policy at New York University.

Sponsored by the American Studies Graduate Student Association; the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy; the Department of English; the Department of Media Study; the Department of Theatre and Dance; the Department of Transnational Studies; the Department of Art; the Global Gender Studies Graduate Student Association; the Humanities Institute; the Institute of Jewish Thought and Heritage; Native Graduate Association; Races, Empires, and Diasporas Research Workshop; the School of Social Work; Technē Institute for Arts and Emerging Technologies; and UB Society of Feminists.

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