William Pope.L Bio

William Pope.L (born in 1955) is an artist best known for his provocative performances and public installations. While centering on themes such as gender and race, his works explore the systems, conflicts, and beliefs inherent to our society and culture. Pope.L studied at Pratt Institute and Montclair State College, where he received a BA in 1978. He also participated in the Independent Study Program at the Whitney and received an MFA in 1981 from Rutgers University. First occurring on the streets, his performances have been exhibited at many significant institutions, including the Anthology Film Archives, Franklin Furnace, Just Above Midtown, Museum of Modern Art, New Museum, Performa, The Sculpture Center, the 2002 Whitney Biennial, MIT and Mobius in Boston, and MOCA Los Angeles.

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