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Pope.L: Instigation, Aspiration, Perspiration is the title of a singular concept that buttresses a trio of complementary exhibitions organized in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art, Public Art Fund, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Utilizing both public and private spaces, the expansive presentation will address several ongoing elements of the artist’s oeuvre from a survey of singular early works in the exhibition member: Pope.L, 1978–2001 at MoMA, to a monumental new installation in Choir at the Whitney, and Conquest, a new large-scale performative work inspired by the artist’s iconic crawl series on the streets of New York City and hosted by Public Art Fund.

Pope.L: Conquest
September 21, 2019

Conquest was a 140-person mass crawl where participants choose to give up their physical privilege and satirize their own social and political advantage, creating a captivating scene of struggle and vulnerability, shared with the entire community. Putting on full display the power and contradictions of collective expression, Public Art Fund’s co-production represents the artist’s most ambitious performance yet. 
Pope.L: Choir
October 10, 2019 – March 8, 2020

Pope.L has created a new installation, Choir, which expands on his ongoing exploration and use of water. Choir is inspired by the fountain, public arena, and John Cage’s conception of music and sound.
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member: Pope.L, 1978–2001
October 21, 2019–February 1, 2020

member: Pope.L, 1978–2001 is an exhibition which focuses on a group of landmark performances that have defined the artist as a consummate agitator and humorist who has used his body to examine division and inequality on the streets and stages of New York City as well as the rustic environs of Maine.
Pope.L is a visual artist and educator whose multidisciplinary practice uses binaries, contraries and preconceived notions embedded within contemporary culture to create art works in various formats, for example, writing, painting, performance, installation, video and sculpture. Building upon his long history of enacting arduous, provocative, absurdist performances and interventions in public spaces, Pope.L applies some of the same social, formal and performative strategies to his interests in language, system, gender, race and community. The goals for his work are several: joy, money and uncertainty—not necessarily in that order. 
  • Public Art Fund
    Crawl Starts at Corporal John A. Seravalli Playground.
    Crawl Ends at Union Square Park
  • Whitney Museum
    99 Gansevoort St.
    New York, NY 10014
  • MoMA
    11 West 53rd St.
    New York, NY 10011