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William Pope.L

Lewiston, ME

Born 1955, Newark, New Jersey

My work is not glamorous yet it is ambitious in its feeling. It seeks a visceral, bodily, material "explanation" for human desire writ large in human action.

Like the African shaman who chews his pepper seeds and spits seven times into the air, I believe art re-ritualizes the everyday to reveal something fresh about our lives. This revelation is a vitality and it is a power to change the world.

1983-85 Mabou Mines Re.Cher.Chez. Theater Instensive, New York

1981 M.F.A., Mason Gross School, Rutgers University

1977-78 Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1978 B.A., Montclair State College

1973-75 Pratt Institute

1990 -- Present Lecturer in Theater, Bates College


2005 Awesome things you can do with blackness. Kenny Schachter Rove, London, February 24th- April 24.

2004 Five Ways to Say the Same Sadness. University Art Museum, University of Albany, New York. June 29th- September 3.

2002 eRacism, retrospective exhibition, Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art; DiverseWorks Artspace, Houston, 2003; Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), Oregon, 2003; Artists Space, New York, 2003, and elsewhere.

2002 The Project, Los Angeles.

2001 The Project, New York

1999 University of Massachusetts at Amherst


1998 Warming, The Project, New York Out of Action, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

1997 Habitat for Humanity: Birdhouses, Newark Museum, New Jersey


2004-05 The Black Factory, A mobile installation performance on the themes of blackness, difference and capitalism. Mini-tour 2004: Bates College, MASS MoCA, Berkshire Mall, Bard College, Northshire Bookstore, Tang Art Museum. Spring 2005 national tour:14 stops in 13 different states, starting in Maine and reaching as far west as Kansas.

2000-2005 Community Crawls, Ongoing family of group crawls in collaboration with host-communities. Select venues: Boston Commons Crawl, Boston, MA, 2000; Portland Maine Crawl, October 2002; Freedman's Town Crawl, Houston, TX, February 2003; Cleveland Free Clinic Crawl, 2004. Bringing Decarie to the Mountain (Montreal), Spring 2005.

2001-- The Great White Way: 22 Miles, 5 years, 1 street, Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2002, and elsewhere.

2001 I Love Japan and It Loves Me, Wenz Studio, Tokyo.

2001 Shopping Crawl (crawl with balloon), Yoyogi Park, Shibuya, Tokyo.

2001 Bringing the Homeless Back to Shinjuko, Shinjuku Station, Tokyo.

2000 Selling My Grandmother, Yard Sale, Lab School, New York.

2000 Eating The Wall Street Journal, Mobius, Boston; Sculpture Center, New York.

2000 The Hole Inside the Space Inside Yves Klein's Asshole, VAV Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal.

1999 The Black Body and Sport (crawl), Berlin, Prague, Madrid, Budapest.

1999 Milk Pour, New York.


2004 Guggenheim Fellowship

2003 Rockefeller Multi-Arts Performance Grant

2000 Japan Artist Residency Fellowship

2000, 1999,1997, 1995 Artist in Residence, Yaddo

1997 Tennessee Williams Writer-in Residence, College of the South

1996 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

1995 NEA Fellowship in Visual Arts

Year Awarded 2002
Category Performance Art/Theater
popeL_3.jpg Black Object # 265, donated in Pittsburgh, PA during Black Factory National Tour 2005./William Pope.L