William Pope.L

Associate Professor
Department of Visual Arts and the College

William Pope.L is currently teaching Writing for Performance, a course that explores selected texts for performance primarily written by performance artists. 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 Beuys, Karen Finley, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, and John Leguizamo—and create and perform their own writing.

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 has shown his work at The Project in New York and Los Angeles, and was included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial. He is perhaps best known for his provocative performances, for example, ATM Piece and his decades-long series of crawls across New York City, commemorated in eRacism, a retrospective that was shown at several prominent museums and galleries. The Black Factory, his most recent project, toured the East Coast and the Midwest.

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 MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

Pope.L joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2010.

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