The First Lady of Performance Art, Karen Finley, brings Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis lecture to life.
Now thru April 24 at Laurie Beechman Theatre
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“So shocking and so powerful… This horror movie about women living public lives is especially devastating because it’s all true.” -- Hilton Als, The New Yorker
“Shocks of sharp insight and raw feeling. And it is infused with that electric combination of narcissism and empathy that has made it impossible to dismiss its creator as just another stand-up exhibitionist... Ms. Finley hasn’t lost the power to disturb.” -- Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“An intriguing, decidedly intelligent and humor-filled discourse… a keenly felt emotional, and frighteningly admonishing, climax.” -- Andy Propst, The Village Voice
KAREN FINLEY, the most controversial woman in performance today, premieres her latest work THE JACKIE LOOK beginning January 30 at The Laurie Beechman Theatre. Performances have been extended through April 24, 2010.
In THE JACKIE LOOK, Karen Finley brings icon Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis back to life in this unique look at history, style, trauma, femininity and the demands of being the First Lady. Using the structure of a lecture set in the present day, Jackie, one of the most photographed woman of her day, contemplates her life in pictures. Jackie also makes use of You Tube and views online homages to her and her family. Along the way Jackie ruminates on Michelle Obama, Caroline's run for Senate, the art world, and the lasting impact of that fateful day on the grassy knoll in Dallas.
Since her first performances in the early 1980's, KAREN FINLEY has become synonymous with performance art. She is the recipient of two Obies, two Bessies, and multiple grants from the NEA and NYSCA. She has toured internationally with pieces including Make Love, George & Martha, The American Chestnut, A Certain Level of Denial and The Return of The Chocolate Smeared Woman. In 1990, Finley became an unwilling symbol for the NEA when she, along with Tim Miller, Holly Hughes & John Fleck, sued the NEA for withdrawing grants on the grounds of indecency.
THE JACKIE LOOK runs January 30 - April 24, Saturdays at 7:30pm. (Note: No show April 10). The Laurie Beechman Theater is located inside West Bank Cafe at 407 West 42nd Street -- at Ninth Avenue, accessible from the A,C,E,N,R,V,F,1,2,3 trains at 42nd Street. Tickets are $20, plus $15 food/drink minimum, available at 212-352-3101 or online here.