Karen Black

Warhol, Nico, a naked handstand, a crucifix: The Broad kicks off 'Happenings' with songs and shocks

Warhol, Nico, a naked handstand, a crucifix: The Broad kicks off 'Happenings' with songs and shocks

Kembra Pfahler is in the Broad museum offices and library carefully smearing white paint onto a black crucifix. She stands in a dark Chinese tunic, preparing for an hour of live songs and transgressive performance art, closing a night dedicated to the legacy of Andy Warhol and his Teutonic superstar, singer and fashion model Nico.

“I was really inspired by Nico. I love her music, I love her delivery, I love her personality,” says Pfahler, known for boundary-shattering work with her group the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black. She’s still hours away from her confrontational collision of rock ’n’ roll, body paint, nudity, big hair and religious symbols.

“I do performance under...

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