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Karen Finley, FF Alumn, "The Distribution of Empathy, June 11, The Cutting Room.

Karen Finley Debuts "The Distribution Of Empathy"
Performance artist Karen Finley will begin an exclusive run of her newest piece, "The Distribution of Empathy," on Tuesday, June 11th at The Cutting Room in New York City. This is Finley's first show in New York since the sold-out and critically acclaimed "Shut Up and Love Me" in 2001. Finley will perform the one-woman show every Tuesday night at 9 PM through July 30th.

With "The Distribution of Empathy," Finley addresses the emotional burden of New Yorkers following their experience of September 11th. In her inimitable style, Finley tackles the life-changing events and all of their surrounding taboos with equal parts sex, humor and pathos. She enacts the conflict between post-tragedy vulnerability and the quintessential New York character, as well as childhood conflict, heightened sexual tension, national mourning, an affair with Charles Bukowski, pregnancy with his child, and a visit to the slums of Sao Paulo, to name but a few of the show's topics. The result is a release, a cathartic experience created for New Yorkers by a New Yorker.

Karen Finley was born in Chicago and attended the San Francisco Art Institute. She exhibits and performs her work internationally. Her provocative performances have catapulted audiences with rage, emotional politics, feminine instinct, challenging visions and social commentaries. She has written 5 books: Shock Treatment, Enough is Enough, Living It Up, Pooh Unplugged and A Different Kind of Intimacy. She has also edited an erotic anthology, Aroused. Finley has been both Ms. Magazine's 1998 "Woman of the Year" and appeared the following year in a six-page pictorial in Playboy. She is a frequent guest on "Politically Incorrect" and regularly featured in commentaries and the media.

In 1998, The National Endowment for the Arts lost a case versus Finley in the US Supreme court. The case set a precedent for federal support for free speech. Her work has been featured in music, stage, installation, art and performance and print. She has received numerous awards: A Guggenheim fellowship, 2 Obies, 2 Bessie awards and numerous state and national grants.

Currently, Finley has an exhibit of paintings at the Liebman Magnan gallery through July 27, 2002 and a video installation at Robert Miller gallery until June 15, 2002.

Tickets for "The Distribution of Empathy" are $15 and available at the door the night of the performance or in advance via www.thecuttingroomnyc.com. The Cutting Room (212/691-1900) is located at 19 West 24th Street between 6th Avenue and Broadway.