William Pope.L, Stills from <em>A Negro Sleeps Beneath the Susquehanna</em>, 1998. Cowan Compound, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Image: Francoise Morelli.
William Pope.L, Stills from A Negro Sleeps Beneath the Susquehanna, 1998. Cowan Compound, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Image: Francoise Morelli.

William Pope.L

eRacism: electronica

William Pope.L has expanded the boundaries of performance, installation, and object-focused art for over 25 years. Citing social conundrum as the engine which drives his work, Pope.L addresses the rigidity of false categories, consumerism, and culturally embedded notions such as racism and sexism with dark humor and biting critique. This solo exhibition of William Pope.L, eRacism: electronica features new work installed specifically for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis alongside the first comprehensive look at the artist’s extensive work in performance and new media. An important inclusion to this exhibition is the artist’s ongoing WEB-based project distributingmartin, (2000-present) that, like the new video works, also references other pieces in the show for a continual visual and conceptual cross-over that the viewer builds as they wonder through the exhibition.

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