Penny Arcade (Susana Ventura) is a cultural icon of the New York Underground. She is an international performance artist and a writer of essays, poetry, and theater. Chris Kraus is the author of four novels, including I Love Dick and Summer of Hate; two books of art and cultural criticism; and most recently, After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography. She received the College Art Association's Frank Jewett Mather Award in Art Criticism in 2008, and a Warhol Foundation Art Writing grant in 2011. She lives in Los Angeles.
Working class, ethnic, and not model tall, Arcade was the other New York City girl: hardworking and obscure, with a considerable chip on her shoulder, all of which she transformed into art. Her primary subject has always been herself, and the will it took to crack Manhattan's class-conscious art scene. Once installed, though, Arcade never relaxed. She continues to critique the very world that now considers her a legend.-New Yorker