30 Americans: William Pope.L

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13 Days to 30 Americans

(born 1955)

William Pope.L addresses racism, classism, and other sociopolitical ills through provocative performance art, theater, painting, and photography. He is best known for his eRacism crawl series, which began in the late 1970s. In one such “crawl,” The Great American Way, he wore a Superman suit and strapped a skateboard onto his back and crawled twenty-two miles up New York City’s Broadway; it took five years to complete.

In 2005 Pope.L created an interactive installation that traveled from Maine to Missouri called The Black Factory. Participants were encouraged to bring any artifacts considered “black”—hair picks, James Brown LPs, etc.—and the performance troupe, called the Factory Workers, then simulated a “conversion” of the products.

Learn more about the 30 Americans exhibition at http://arkansasartscenter.org/30-Americans.


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