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Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono is a Japanese multimedia artist, singer, songwriter, and peace activist who is also known for her work in performance art and filmmaking. She performs in both English and Japanese. She is known for having been the second wife of singer-songwriter John Lennon of the Beatles.

 
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Marina Abramović

Marina Abramović is a Serbian performance artist. Her work explores the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind. Being active for over four decades, Abramović refers to herself as the "grandmother of performance art." She pioneered a new notion of identity by bringing in the participation of observers, focusing on "confronting pain, blood, and physical limits of the body."

 
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Candis Cayne

Candis Cayne is an American actress and performance artist.

 
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Rita Hester

Rita Hester was a transgender African American woman who was murdered in Allston, Massachusetts on November 28, 1998. In response to her murder, an outpouring of grief and anger led to a candlelight vigil held the following Friday in which about 250 people participated. The community struggle to see Rita's life and identity covered respectfully by local papers, including the Boston Herald and Bay Windows, was chronicled by Nancy Nangeroni. Her death also inspired the "Remembering Our Dead" web project and the Transgender Day of Remembrance Gwendolyn Ann Smith founded the Transgender Day of Remembrance in 1999.

 
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Josephine Clofullia

Josephine Clofullia (1829–1875) was a famous Swiss-born bearded lady who toured with P. T. Barnum's "American Museum".

 
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Ana Mendieta

Ana Mendieta was a Cuban American performance artist, sculptor, painter and video artist who is best known for her "earth-body" artwork. Born in Havana, Mendieta arrived in the United States as a refugee in 1961.

 
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Tristan Tzara

Tristan Tzara was a Romanian and French avant-garde poet, essayist and performance artist. Also active as a journalist, playwright, literary and art critic, composer and film director, he was known best for being one of the founders and central figures of the anti-establishment Dada movement. Under the influence of Adrian Maniu, the adolescent Tzara became interested in Symbolism and co-founded the magazine Simbolul with Ion Vinea and painter Marcel Janco. During World War I, after briefly collaborating on Vinea's Chemarea, he joined Janco in Switzerland. There, Tzara's shows at the Cabaret Voltaire and Zunfthaus zur Waag, as well as his poetry and art manifestos, became a main feature of early Dadaism. His work represented Dada's nihilistic side, in contrast with the more moderate approach favored by Hugo Ball.

 
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Ivy Winters

Ivy Winters is the stage name of Dustin Winters, an American drag performer, singer and actor. He is best known for competing on the fifth season of the reality-show RuPaul's Drag Race, later winning the Miss Congeniality title.

 
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Elijah Daniel

Elijah Daniel, is an American comedian, rapper, and author. He became popular online through his comedy on YouTube and social media.

 
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Ann Magnuson

Ann Magnuson is an American actress, performance artist, and nightclub performer. She was described by The New York Times in 1990 as "An endearing theatrical chameleon who has as many characters at her fingertips as Lily Tomlin does".

 
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Diamanda Galás

Diamanda Galás is a Greek-American avant-garde dramatic soprano, composer, pianist, organist, performance artist, and painter. Additionally, Diamanda has received international recognition for creating highly original and thought provoking political performance works.

 
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David Wojnarowicz

David Michael Wojnarowicz was an American painter, photographer, writer, filmmaker, performance artist, songwriter/recording artist and AIDS activist prominent in the New York City art world.

 
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Mark Roberts (streaker)

Mark Roberts is a British streaker who has run naked during several international events. Roberts' streaking began when he saw a news report about a female streaker at a 1993 Rugby Sevens game in Hong Kong. After a bet in a bar, he went naked in front of the crowd himself the next day.

 
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Cookie Mueller

Dorothy Karen "Cookie" Mueller was an American actress, writer, and Dreamlander who starred in many of filmmaker John Waters' early films, including Multiple Maniacs, Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, and Desperate Living.

 
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Ray Jessel

Ray Jessel was a Welsh songwriter, screenwriter, orchestrator, and musical theatre composer.