works by william popeL @ DiverseWorks
eRacism and Houston Crawl,
Christa and I had a solid time volunteering on this project with Diane Barber over at DiverseWorks. Big thanks to Let It Fly Events for printing the yard sign historical fact signs we placed along the route in Freedman's Town to the Antioch Church. I was able to crawl about 1/2 way and then wanted to take photographs with my 1.2 megapixel Casio 210.
This was a powerful experience that addressed racism head on. Black, Brown, Blue, Green, Yellow, White and Purple worked together to make this project a reality. #gratitude
Pope.L (also known as William Pope.L, born 1955 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American visual artist best known for his work in performance art, and interventionist public art. However, he has also produced art in painting, photography and theater. He was included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial and is a Guggenheim Fellow and a recipient of the Creative Capital Visual Arts Award. Selected now for the second time, Pope.L will be included in the upcoming Whitney Biennial of 2017.- Wikipedia
'One day in July 1991, William Pope.L, dressed in a nice dark suit and clutching a small flowerpot in his hand, lay down in the street near Tompkins Square Park, in New York City's East Village, and began to crawl west. He intended to crawl clear across town, to the Hudson River. He had gone only a block when two black men from the neighborhood hurried over. "You okay, brother?" one of them asked Pope.L before rounding angrily on his white cameraman. "You're shooting him lying in the street with a flowerpot? You're showing black people like this? Is that what you're doing?" Pope.L intervened, saying that it was an art project, and that he'd be glad to talk about it when he was finished. (He might have explained that New York police had recently dismantled a shantytown in the square and ejected the homeless who were living there.) But the man didn't want to wait. Before rushing off to find a policeman, he got to the heart of his distress: "You make me look like a jerk!"
William Pope.L frequently gets to interact with the police.'