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22 Apr 2020

Critical Walk-Through: Cheryl Pope on (Text)iles and Power

Contemporary artist Cheryl Pope will discuss her use of text and textiles to examine and question issues of identity, history, and power, while exploring these themes found in the exhibition American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum Collection.

A Critical Walk-Through is a guided tour that is meant to offer an alternative perspective to the works on view. It includes conversations with artists, scholars, and curators, providing an intimate opportunity to engage with the central themes and histories found in the artwork. The program is limited to 25 individuals.


Cheryl Pope is a visual artist focused in sculpture, installation, and performance. Her work questions and responds 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 and politics of listening. Pope received her BFA and MD from the School of the Art Institute Chicago, where she is now a full time professor in the Fashion Department. She is represented by Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago, and Galleria Bianconi in Milan. Pope studied under the artist Nick Cave for twelve years, was a teaching artist at the Museum of Contemporary Art for seven years, and has worked in multiple community-based organizations throughout Chicago since 2003.


Image: Woman and Man Reclining on Mat #11, Cheryl Pope, 2019, wool roving needle punched on cashmere, 70.5 x 48.25 in. Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery.

6:30 pm–7:30 pm

$5 students, members, artist, seniors; $8 general public

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