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Chris Burden
Doorway to Heaven
1973
Gagosian Gallery
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MISSION ABORTED
by Charlie Finch



During the 1980s, there was a repertory theater group in the East Village called PINK. Its most notorious piece was one in which a woman on a table, surrounded by male actors, described an abortion as she was experiencing it. Her monologue was filled with a kaleidoscope of emotions from liberation to sorrow; it was a masterpiece of nuance and regret and naturally it was picketed by both pro-choice and "pro-life" protesters.

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