Indianapolis, b.1961

Carl Pope

Carl Pope’s artistic practice is committed to the idea of art as a catalyst for individual and collective transformation(s). His multi-media installations were exhibited at prestigious venues including: The Museum of Modern Art and The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago; receiving generous support from The Guggenheim Foundation, The Lilly Endowment, The National Endowment for the Arts, and The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. The installations gained national and international exposure with “New Photography 6” at the Museum of Modern Art and “Black Male” at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Since 1990, Pope’s methodology with public art evolved into ongoing collaborative efforts with artists and communities…producing large-scale public art inventions that stimulate public dialogue and/or community revitalization. Excursions into his internal landscape produced the video/text installation “Palimpsest” commissioned by the...

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Biography

Carl Pope’s artistic practice is committed to the idea of art as a catalyst for individual and collective transformation(s). His multi-media installations were exhibited at prestigious venues including: The Museum of Modern Art and The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago; receiving generous support from The Guggenheim Foundation, The Lilly Endowment, The National Endowment for the Arts, and The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. The installations gained national and international exposure with “New Photography 6” at the Museum of Modern Art and “Black Male” at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Since 1990, Pope’s methodology with public art evolved into ongoing collaborative efforts with artists and communities…producing large-scale public art inventions that stimulate public dialogue and/or community revitalization. Excursions into his internal landscape produced the video/text installation “Palimpsest” commissioned by the Wadsworth Atheneum; with funds from The Warhol and Lannan Foundations, was included in the Whitney Biennial 2000. The essay of letterpress posters: “The Bad Air Smelled of Roses” and his recent billboard campaigns continue his ongoing exploration into public and inner space.

"Carl Pope’s work is at once a form of geography, re-imagining and imaging the forgotten histories, people and places in America, and a new psychology, creating a state of mind capable of sustaining the shocks of the present. It's soul food for the mind, in sharp contrast to the quick hit of consumer pleasure that dominates the art market, and it's all the more important for that." - Nicholas Mirzoeff, Professor of Media, Culture, and Communications, NYU

Artworks

10

The Bad Air Smelled of Roses: Bark Like a Cat!, 2004-ongoing

Related Categories

21st Century Art / African American / American Art / Art of the 2000s / Contemporary American Art / Contemporary Social Phenomenon / History/Historical Approach / Letterpress Poster / Racial and Ethnic Identity / Socio-political Issues / Traces of Hidden Stories / United States / Word as Image

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 1999

    M.F.A. Photography, Indiana University

  • 1998

    National Graduate Photography Seminar, New York University

  • 1997

    Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2015

    “Signs Hidden in Plain Sight”, Indy Reads Books, Indianapolis

  • 2011

    “Silent Wishes”, Church of the Good Shepherd, Hartford, CT

  • 2010

    “The Nashville Poster Project”, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    "Word Up!" C24 Gallery, New York

  • 2017

    “An Incomplete History of Protest” Whitney Museum, New York

  • “Elements of Vogue” Centre de Arte, CA2M, Madrid, Spain

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Curriculum Vitae

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Education

  • 1999

    M.F.A. Photography, Indiana University

  • 1998

    National Graduate Photography Seminar, New York University

  • 1997

    Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine

  • 1984

    B.A. Cinema and Photography, Southern Illinois University

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2015

    “Signs Hidden in Plain Sight”, Indy Reads Books, Indianapolis

  • 2011

    “Silent Wishes”, Church of the Good Shepherd, Hartford, CT

  • 2010

    “The Nashville Poster Project”, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN

  • “The Wall Remixed”, Philagrafika Arts Festival, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • “The Bad Air Smelled of Roses”, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN

  • 2008

    “The Mind of Cleveland”, Cleveland Institute of Art

  • 2006

    “A Celebration of Blackness”, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama

  • “The Bad Air Smelled of Roses”, Real Art Ways, Hartford, Connecticut

  • Momenta Art, Brooklyn, New York

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    "Word Up!" C24 Gallery, New York

  • 2017

    “An Incomplete History of Protest” Whitney Museum, New York

  • “Elements of Vogue” Centre de Arte, CA2M, Madrid, Spain

  • 2016

    “Drama Queen”, Queer Arts Festival, Vancouver, British Columbia

  • 2015

    “Possibilities of Paper”, Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, California

  • “Occupational Therapy”, Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Louis, Missouri

  • 2014

    “431 Gallery: Art and Impact”, Indiana State Museum. Indianapolis

  • 2011

    “Inaugural Exhibition” Agape Enterprises, Brooklyn, New York

  • 2010

    “Medium Resistance”, Crane Arts/Icebox, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • “It’s Who You Know”, Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • “Pulling From History: Letterpress”, The Print Center, Philadelphia

  • 2009

    “Eat The Frame”, Galerie Nouvelles Images, Den Haag, The Netherlands

  • “Your Documents Please”, (traveling international exhibition through 2012)

  • 2008

    “Black Is/Black Ain’t”, Renaissance Society, University of Chicago

  • 2007

    “Air Kissing”, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, New York

  • “The Color Line”, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, New York

  • “Words Fail Me”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, Michigan

  • “Black Now” (curated by Fred Wilson), Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx, NY.

  • 2006

    “Signs of Life”, The Contemporary, Atlanta, Georgia

Grants/Awards

  • 2016

    Art Matters

  • 2011

    The International Peace Belt, Hartford, Connecticut

  • 2007

    Joint Fellow, Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, Case Western Reserve University and The Cleveland Institute of Art.

  • 2005

    Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award

Residencies

  • 2015

    Lucas Residency Program, Montalvo Art Center, Saratoga, California

  • 2006

    Lucas Residency Program, Montalvo Art Center, Saratoga, California

  • 2004

    Coleman Center for Art/Culture, York, Alabama

Collections

  • George Eastman House / Kodak, Rochester, New York

  • Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis

  • Indianapolis Museum of Art

  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts

  • Mobile Museum of Art

  • Museum of Modern Art, New York

  • St. Louis Art Museum

  • Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Lectures/Talks

  • 2016

    Queer Arts Festival, Vancouver, British Columbia

  • 2010

    Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia

  • Tennessee State University, Nashville

  • 2008

    The Felix Maritis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Tyler School of Art/Temple University, Philadelphia

  • Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois

  • 2007

    Cleveland Institute of Art

  • Case Western Reserve University

  • Cleveland State University

  • Cranbrook Academy of Art

  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland

  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit

  • Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

  • 2006

    Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond

  • Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia

  • 2005

    Colgate University, Hamilton, New York

  • 2001

    Panel Talk at Sites of Conflict Conference at SUNY-New Platz

  • Panel Talk about Tracey Moffatt, Florence Lynch Gallery, New York

  • 2000

    Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine

  • Whitney Museum of American Art

  • Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • College Art Association Conference

  • Indianapolis Museum of Art

Publications

  • 2010

    The Graphic Unconscious, Philigrafika

  • 2002

    Postmodernism, Cambridge University Press

  • 2001

    Committed to the Image, Brooklyn Museum-Merrell

  • 2000

    Whitney Biennial 2000, Whitney Museum of American Art

Teaching

  • 2007

    Joint Fellow, The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University and The Cleveland Institute of Art

  • 2003

    Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago (2003-2004)

  • 2000

    Assistant Professor, State University of New York at Stony Brook (2000-2003)