Another Kind of Love: John Cage's “Silence,” By Hand, 2013 (detail) Courtesy the artist
Pope.L (formerly known as William Pope.L; b. 1955 in Newark, NJ; lives and works in Chicago), an acclaimed and prolific interdisciplinary artist, is the recipient of many prestigious grants and awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, NEA fellowships, and the USA Fellowship in Visual Arts. His actions often challenge social expectations of what a black artist should do. He takes a critical look at the economic and political systems that oppress the disadvantaged. His performances address the overarching themes of racism, masculinity, social inequities, and injustice. His actions and public interventions include tethering his nearly nude self (except for a skirt made of dollar bills and a chain made of sausages) to an ATM machine; walking down 125th Street in Harlem with the aid of a rolling office chair supporting a long cardboard tube protruding from his groin and wearing an inflated surgical glove resembling a rooster’s comb on his head; and ritualistically covering himself in white flour while ambling through the woods of Lewiston, Maine. He has shown his work at The Project in New York and Los Angeles, and was included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial. He is perhaps best known his decades-long series of crawls across New York City.
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