Day 15: William Pope.L
William Pope.L addresses racism, classism, and other sociopolitical ills through provocative performance art, theater, painting, and photography. He’s 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 22 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 that are considered 'black'—hair picks, James Brown LPs, etc.—and the performance troupe called the Factory Workers would simulate a “conversion” of the products.
Watch an excerpt of an interview with the University of Colorado of Pope.L explaining the Black Factory, then cast your vote in the poll below:
What “black” items would you have taken to the Black Factory?
William Pope.L-What “black” items would you have taken to the Black Factory?
30 Americans is organized by the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. The presenting sponsor at the Corcoran Gallery of Art is Altria Group.
Additional support has been provided by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.