1. Annie Sprinkle: Public Cervix Announcement
Before she was one of the first stars on the Adult Star Path of Fame (in North Jersey, natch), the sex-positivist went on tour and invited audience members to take a long, close look up into her ladypart. It’s educational! And transgressive!
2. Karen Finley: Return of Chocolate-Smeared Woman
In 1990, then-Senator Jesse Helms (R-The Confederacy) had the National Endowment for the Arts veto Finley’s grant on grounds of “decency,” though the consensus among Washington insiders is that Helms was just cranky because he found the sight of the naked, brown- goo-coated Finley so arousing as to overtax his vampire heart.
3. William Pope.L: Great White Way
Between 2002 and 2007, Pope.L crawled (in sections) the entire length of Broadway, reframing America’s most famous street as the locus of racially problematic aspiration and struggle.
4. Spencer Tunick
Spencer Tunick travels the globe, wrangling hundreds or even thousands of naked people into interestingly composed configurations in culturally resonant spaces, then takes pictures of said naked people. Sort of like that scene at the end of Perfume, but without the messiah bit.