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Art & Art History

Voices: William Pope.L

Mark H. C. Bessire

Monday, March 08, 2004–Tuesday, March 09, 2004
Gallery 400 Lecture Room
1240 West Harrison Street

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A visual and performance artist and educator, William Pope.L (born 1955) explores the incongruities of American culture, race, and consumerism. In galleries or on the streets, his conceptual work ranges from paintings, drawings, and sculpture to outdoor crawls and other performances. His longest performance, The Great White Way, is a 22-mile crawl up the length of Manhattan and is to be completed in sections over a five-year period. 

Pope.L was included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial. A 25-year career retrospective titled eRacism traveled from the Institute of Contemporary Art in Portland, ME to Diverse Works in Houston, as well as the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art in Oregon. In 2004, eRacism will be exhibited at Artists Space in New York City and the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Pope.L’s work is currently on view at The Project in New York. Pope.L has been awarded three National Endowment Fellowships, the Foundation of Contemporary Performance Arts Award, and a Creative Capital grant. He is currently an instructor in the Department of Theater and Rhetoric at Bates College in Lewiston, ME.