Photo: Jasmine Hirst

Penny Arcade

Penny Arcade is an artist and an actress. Since first climbing out of her bedroom window at age 13 to join the fabulously disenfranchised world of queers, junkies, whores, stars, stalkers and geniuses, she has also become one of the most influential performers in the world. She was one of the teenage superstar for Andy Warhol’s Factory but quickly found the life of an upcoming pop tart too one dimensional and fled away. She returned to New York after nearly a decade of globe hopping where she has spearheaded the award winning documentary series Stemming The Tide of Cultural Amnesia, The Lower Eastside Biography Project, an oral history and downtown performance project. Her most famous work, her sex and censorship show, BITCH!DYKE!FAGHAG!WHORE!, is a blend of political humanism, freedom of expression and erotic dancing. Arcade is a member of Feminists for Free Expression, The National Coalition Against Censorship, Visual Aids. In addition, she is a founding member of FEVA (Federation of East Village Artists) the producer of The Howl! Festival of the Arts. The first book on and by Penny Arcade, Bad Reputation: Performances, Essays, Interviews, was published by the MIT Press in 2009.

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