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member: Pope.L, 1978–2001

October 21, 2019 – February 1, 2020

The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art announces member: Pope.L, 1978–2001, an exhibition of 13 landmark, career-defining performances by the multidisciplinary artist Pope.L, on view from October 21, 2019, through February 1, 2020. Pope.L (b. 1955) is a consummate trickster whose practice across multiple mediums—including performance, painting, drawing, installation, sculpture, theater, and video—utilizes abjection, humor, endurance, and absurdity to undermine rigid categories of difference. The performances included in this exhibition span from 1978 to 2001 and will be represented through a combination of videos, photographs, sculptural elements, ephemera, and live actions. member: Pope.L, 19782001 is organized by Stuart Comer, The Lonti Ebers Chief Curator of Media and Performance, Department of Media and Performance, with Danielle A. Jackson, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance; Performances produced by Lizzie Gorfaine, Producer, with Beatrice Johnson, Assistant Performance Coordinator, Performance and Live Programs

 

The exhibition is presented as part of The Hyundai Card Performance Series.

Major support is provided by The Jill and Peter Kraus Endowed Fund for Contemporary Exhibitions and The Jon Stryker Endowment.

Additional support is provided by The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art, Marilyn and Larry Fields, Nancy and David Frej, Barbara Karp Shuster, and Ann and Mel Schaffer.

MoMA Audio is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies. 

Leadership contributions to the Annual Exhibition Fund, in support of the Museum’s collection and collection exhibitions, are generously provided by the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, Jerry I. Speyer and Katherine G. Farley, Eva and Glenn Dubin, The Sandra and Tony Tamer Exhibition Fund, Alice and Tom Tisch, The David Rockefeller Council, The Contemporary Arts Council, Anne Dias, Kathy and Richard S. Fuld, Jr., Kenneth C. Griffin, The Keith Haring Foundation, Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, and Anna Marie and Robert F. Shapiro.

Major contributions to the Annual Exhibition Fund are provided by the Estate of Ralph L. Riehle, Emily Rauh Pulitzer, Brett and Daniel Sundheim, Karen and Gary Winnick, The Marella and Giovanni Agnelli Fund for Exhibitions, Clarissa Alcock and Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Agnes Gund, and Oya and Bülent Eczacıbaşı.

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Pope.L. The Great White Way, 22 miles, 9 years, 1 street. 2000-09. Performance. © Pope. L. Courtesy of the artists and Mitchell – Innes & Nash, New York.

Pope. L. Thunderbird Immolation a.k.a Meditation Square Pieces New York, NY 1978. Digital c-print on gold fiber silk paper. 9 by 6 in. 22.86 by 15.24 cm. © Pope. L. Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell – Innes & Nash, New York.

Pope. L. Eating the Wall Street Journal (3rd Version). Sculpture Center, New York, NY. 2000, Digital c-print on gold fiber silk paper. 6 by 9 in. 15.24 by 22.86 cm. © Pope. L. Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell – Innes  &  Nash, New York.

Pope. L. How Much is that Nigger in the Window a.k.a Tompkins Square Crawl. New York, NY 1991. Digital c-print on gold fiber silk paper. 10 by 15 in. 25.4 by 38.1 cm. © Pope. L. Courtesy of the artists and Mitchell – Innes & Nash, New York.

Installation view of member: Pope.L, 1978–2001, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, October 21, 2019 – February 1, 2020. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of member: Pope.L, 1978–2001, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, October 21, 2019 – February 1, 2020. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of member: Pope.L, 1978–2001, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, October 21, 2019 – February 1, 2020. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of member: Pope.L, 1978–2001, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, October 21, 2019 – February 1, 2020. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of member: Pope.L, 1978–2001, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, October 21, 2019 – February 1, 2020. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of member: Pope.L, 1978–2001, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, October 21, 2019 – February 1, 2020. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of member: Pope.L, 1978–2001, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, October 21, 2019 – February 1, 2020. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of member: Pope.L, 1978–2001, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, October 21, 2019 – February 1, 2020. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of member: Pope.L, 1978–2001, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, October 21, 2019 – February 1, 2020. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of member: Pope.L, 1978–2001, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, October 21, 2019 – February 1, 2020. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of member: Pope.L, 1978–2001, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, October 21, 2019 – February 1, 2020. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of member: Pope.L, 1978–2001, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, October 21, 2019 – February 1, 2020. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of member: Pope.L, 1978–2001, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, October 21, 2019 – February 1, 2020. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck