Annie Sprinkle

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Date: 1954- Present

Region: North America

Subject: Religion, Nudity, Explicit Sexuality

Medium: Performance Art


Artist: Annie Sprinkle, born Ellen F. Steinberg

Confronting Bodies: Rev. Donald Wildmon's American Family Association

Dates of Action: 1991

Location: Baltimore, MD and New York City

Description of Artwork: Annie Sprinkle's performance art and video screenings.

The Incident: The American Family Association's Rev. Donald Wildmon sought to link the controversial performances to the NEA even though the performances were entirely paid for privately. Wildmon's challenges employed a complicated and distorted tracing of NEA funding for facilities in which Sprinkle appeared. The AFA cited Sprinkle performances as examples of NEA funding to help support anti-Christian bigotry and pornography in Baltimore's Maryland Art Place (MAP) and New York's The Kitchen art space. MAP had received $10,000 from the NEA, but all funding for the show came from ticket sales, while neither The Kitchen nor Sprinkle have ever received NEA funding.

Results of Incident: The American Family Association continues reaching for new tactics of censorship.

Source: Artistic Freedom Under Attack 1992