William Pope.L (on leave 2019-20)

Associate Professor

An acclaimed and prolific interdisciplinary artist, William Pope.L is the recipient of many prestigious grants and awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, NEA fellowships, and the USA Fellowship in Visual Arts. He shows his work at Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York and Susanne Vielmetter in Los Angeles, and was included in the 2002 and 2017 Whitney Biennial. He is perhaps best known for his provocative performances, such as ATM Piece, and his decades-long series of crawls across New York City, commemorated in eRacism, a retrospective which showed at several prominent museums and galleries. Baile (2016), his most recent project, was a 72 hour dance through the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Before coming to the University of Chicago, Pope.L was Lecturer of Theater and Rhetoric at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and he earned his Master of Fine Arts from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

Pope.L will teach Writing for Performance (ARTV 24301/34301) this fall. This course is an exploration of select texts for performance written by performance artists primarily, but not entirely, operating within the context of art. Via historical context and literary technique, students read, discuss, and analyze texts by various authors spanning the history of performance art: Hugo Ball, John Cage, Richard Foreman, Carolee Schneeman, Joseph Bueys, Karen Finley, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, John Leguizamo, and create and perform their own writing. Field trips and attendance at first class are required.