During the culture wars of the early ’90s, the work of four solo performers, funded in part by the US government, came under attack for the frank treatment of themes of gender, sexuality, subjugation, and personal trauma. In 1990, the work of Karen Finley, John Fleck, Holly Hughes, and Tim Miller (aka the NEA 4) was defunded by the National Endowment for the Arts after Congress amended the statute governing federal funding for the arts to include considerations of “general standards of decency and respect for the diverse beliefs of the American public.
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