Documenting the felt experience through the physicality of language.

Cheryl teaches us about the importance and politics of listening through an exploration of her work. Her projects center around giving individuals in various communities a voice to speak their truths through poetry, performance, and other mediums, helping us to better understand the realities of what our neighbors experience. Cheryl’s work inspires us to lift each other up, to give each other a platform to speak, to be more empathetic of each others’ truths, and learn about how we can be better at supporting each other in our communities.

CreativeMornings/Chicago is hosted & organized by Jen Marquez and coordinated by Marlene Paez. Video by Alejandro Moore, Chris Mendoza, and Amy Ginn.

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About the speaker

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 shows nationally and internationally and is represented by Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago and Galleria Bianconi in Milan. Pope studied under the artist Nick Cave for 12 years, was a teaching artist at the Museum of Contemporary Art for 7 years, and worked in multiple community-based organizations throughout Chicago since 2003. Her work is included in collections such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Poetry Foundation, The Seattle Art Museum, among others.

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