Pope.L How Much is that Nigger in the Window a.k.a. Tompkins Square Crawl 1991

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In 1991 Pope.L participated in a residency at Franklin Furnace, an alternative arts space in New York City. During the residency, he staged Tompkins Square Crawl in the guise of his alter ego, Mr. Poots. Wearing a business suit and holding a potted flower, Pope.L crawled military-style along the perimeter of Tompkins Square Park in the East Village until his boots began to crumble.

Since the 1980s, the park had been a site of ongoing riots involving the homeless population who took shelter there, squatters, activists, and police. At the time of Pope.L’s Crawl, Tompkins Square was barricaded for renovations. By assuming a prostrate posture, forcing onlookers to direct their gazes downward, Pope.L aimed to make visible historically disenfranchised bodies and displaced communities.

Gallery label from October 21, 2019–February 1, 2020
Five inkjet prints; Timberland leather boots; asphalt
Acquired in part through the generosity of Jill and Peter Kraus, Anne and Joel S. Ehrenkranz, The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, The Jill and Peter Kraus Media and Performance Acquisition Fund, and Jill and Peter Kraus in honor of Michael Lynne
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© 2020 Pope.L. Courtesy of the artist.
Media and Performance
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