New York University’s Department of Art and Art Professions in the Steinhardt School presents “Where Art and Life Collide,” a series of premiere performances, lectures, and events from April 28 through May 5 demonstrating how artists, Ron Athey, Franko B, and Vaginal Davis, juxtapose life with art while using themselves as canvases.

The artists consider themselves marginalized due to their race, class, and/or sexuality. They subject themselves to physical, cultural, and psychological challenges as a means to form art and as an opportunity for healing.

  • Friday, April 28, 6-8 p.m. “Not For Sale: We Are Still Appalled” panel discussion hosted by Roselee Goldberg, PERFORMA founder and director; with C. Carr, Village Voice critic; Susan Jarosi, art history professor at Duke University; and the artist Orlan. Einstein Auditorium, NYU Barney Building, 34 Stuyvesant Street. FREE
  • Monday, May 1, 5-10 p.m. “Incorruptible Flesh: Dissociative Sparkle” performance by Ron Athey Artists Space, 38 Greene Street Admission: $10.
  • Tuesday, May 2, 4 p.m. - Midnight “Aktion 893: Why are you here?” Franko B’s first U.S. performance Participant Inc., 95 Rivington Street Admission: $10
  • Thursday, May 4, 10 p.m. “Bricktops Takes Manhattan” performance by Vaginal Davis Siberia, 356 West 40th Street Admission: $10
  • Friday, May 5, 6-8 p.m. Artist lectures by Ron Athey, Franko B, and Vaginal Davis, with panel discussion moderated by Jo?e Muñoz, NYU Tisch Department of Performance Studies. Einstein Auditorium, NYU Barney Building, 34 Stuyvesant Street, FREE

Where Art and Life Collide is sponsored by NYU’s Departments of Art and Art Professions, Applied Psychology, and Music and Performing Arts Professions in the Steinhardt School; Tisch Department of Performance Studies; NYU Center for Religion and Media; NYU Humanities Council; Office of Lesbian, Gay and Transgender Student Services, Artists Space, Earl Dax Presents, Participant Inc., PERFORMA, Performance Space 122, and Visual AIDS.

For more information, the public should call Jonathan Berger, 917.209.8046 or Tammy Brown, 212.998.5799, or visit

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