William Pope.L

William Pope.L is a prominent multi-disciplinary artist known for his conceptual, often performance-based, art practice, which actively confronts issues of race, sex, power, consumerism and social class. As the self-proclaimed, “Friendliest Black Artist in America,” Pope.L creates opportunities for dialogue through provocative performative actions, installations and discrete objects. He is best known for a series of over forty “crawls,” staged since 1978 as part of his larger eRacism project, in which he inches his way through busy city streets on his belly, back, hands, and knees in an attempt to draw attention to the plight of those members of society who are least empowered. This presentation is combined with the opening of his exhibition focus: William Pope.L Drawing, Dreaming, Drowning. Organized by Lisa Dorin, Assistant Curator at the Art Institute and Darby English, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago, this is Pope.L?s first solo show at a major encyclopedic museum. A 2004 Guggenheim recipient, Pope.L has had solo exhibitions at the Santa Monica Museum of Art (2007), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (2007), and the Cleveland Institute of Art (2005), among others. His mobile social service experiment the Black Factory performed at Gallery 400 and the Hyde Park Art Center in 2006. Pope.L?s work has been in numerous group shows including Situation Comedy: Humor in Recent Art, Chicago Cultural Center (2006), The Interventionists: Art in the Social Sphere, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (2004), Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self, International Center for Photography (2004), and the Whitney Biennial (2002). Please call Jenny Gheith at 312.443.3630 to make your reservation. All reservations must be made by Thursday 4 October.

The Art Institute of Chicago
Members – $65
Non-Members – $80

06:00PM – Lecture
Price Auditorium, The Art Institute of Chicag

07:00PM – Reception
Jean and Steven Goldman Study Center

08:00PM – Dining
Gioco, 1312 South Wabash