Pope.L The Black Factory Archive 2003–ongoing

  • MoMA, Floor 3, 3 South The Edward Steichen Galleries

In 2004, Pope.L embarked on a tour of the United States in a customized van, a nomadic laboratory designed to collect donated “black objects”—that is, “anything . . . a person believes represents blackness”—as part of his project The Black Factory. At each location, the van set up shop with an interactive program facilitated by “workers,” whose irreverent pranks, cabaret performances, and interventions developed from their engagement with visitors. Addressing would-be participants, the artist wrote, “Everyone wants to know: What is the Black Factory? What does it do? And how can I get in on the action? Simple! The Black Factory is an industry that runs on our prejudices. That means you don’t have to come to us, we come right to you! . . . We harvest all your confusions, questions and conundrums, and transform them into the greatest gift of all: possibility!”

Gallery label from October 21, 2019–February 1, 2020
Medium
Archive of items related to the Black Factory, including Donated Objects, Twice Sold Goods, ephemera, digital image files, a website, and a film
Dimensions
Various dimensions
Credit
Fund for the Twenty-First Century and Deborah Wye Endowment Fund
Object number
626.2014.1-210
Copyright
© 2019 William Pope.L
Department
Drawings and Prints

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