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Performance artist Karen Finley will inhabit Trump, Clinton and a unicorn in Miami

Performance artist Karen Finley will inhabit Trump, Clinton and a unicorn in Miami

For 30 years, performance artist Finley has confronted politics, sexuality, feminism and abuses of power by using the instrument she knows best: her body.

With unsparing honesty and an eagerness to shed her clothing for art, the New York activist and provocateur has appeared onstage nude and slathered head to toe in chocolate for the sake of feminism. In the 1990s, at the peak of her popularity, she battled the U.S. Supreme Court over artistic censorship, and has dressed up as famous women, including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Martha Stewart.

Reached at her home in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., Finley admits that’s she’s mellowed out somewhat in public performances. The clothes...

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