Performance Art Changes Lives

My mom took me to see Karen Finley when I was young. I think I must have been 10 or 11. It was before my period.

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We went to the Gailliard Auditorium in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. It was the late 1980s and I was not prepared for what was coming.

After the lights went down, all the people became quiet. A middle aged woman with greyish brown hair in a rough ponytail walked onto…

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