Residency and Exhibition Activates Artistic Responses to #blacklivesmatter
The President’s Gallery at Harold Washington College presents Just Yell: Unfolding the Folds, a solo exhibition by Chicago artist Cheryl Pope. Participating as a resident artist through Pedestrian Project, the Visiting Artists Program at Harold Washington College’s Department of Art and Architecture, Pope will collaborate with students to activate the gallery as a living, evolving space for experimentation and artistic intervention.
The artist is especially interested in producing artwork with students that addresses relevant issues that affect the way in which we live our lives today. Therefore, together with the students, Pope will instigate artistic responses to the #blacklivesmatter protests and new civil rights movement. Through a series of roundtable discussions, shared research outings, and poetic, communal gestures, the participants will develop different ways to pose political responses. Physical manifestations of these communal gestures, including but not limited to photos and film, will be shared in the gallery.
These on-going activities with students will be presented in the President’s Gallery for a re-mediated experience. The exhibition will be a living, reactionary archive of documentation from the think tank that evolves over the course of Pope’s residency. We invite the audience to join the artist and students for a public presentation and event on Thursday, February 19th, 2015 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm.