FEB 8–MAY 27, 2019

This solo exhibition surveys installations and sculptures by artist Cheryl Pope that question and respond to issues of identity as it relates to the individual and the community, specifically in regards to race, gender, class, history, power and place. Her practice emerges from the act of listening. For more than a decade Pope has worked with nonprofits and collaborated with young artists from neighborhoods across Chicago responding to violence, injustice and its impact—specifically on youth—in order to document the felt experience of a commmunity. Currently in development for this exhibition is a community-specific live performance piece with Pope, designed for one day only in Rockford. She is currently an adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Learn more about the artist at cherylpope.net.

This exhibition is organized by Rockford Art Museum Curator Carrie Johnson. Cheryl Pope and its related educational programming are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.