Known for such feminist-themed performance art pieces as Dress Suits to Hire and Well of Horniness, she earned numerous honors for her work, including an Obie Award, a Lambda Book Award, and several National Endowment for the Arts grants.
After graduating from Kalamazoo College in Michigan, she relocated to New York City and began performing at the city's Women's One World (WOW) Cafe.
She and three other artists won a 1990 Supreme Court case after then-National Endowment for the Arts Chairman John Frohnmayer withdrew NEA funding for their artistic projects as a result of the projects' content.
An open lesbian, she made femininity and sexuality major themes of her work.
She and Bosnian-born artist Endi Poskovic both taught at the University of Michigan's School of Art & Design.