the physicality of space lecture poster


About the Lecture 
In her lecture titled The Physicality of Space, artist and designer Cheryl Pope discussed her work in relation to the body. Pope examined physicality from a variety of interrelated approaches including her experience as a boxer, her studio practice, her community engagement, and her performance work. Offering insights and connections between the body, experience, and exhibition, the artist explored corporal identity at the nexus of art and design.

About the Lecturer
Cheryl Pope is a visual artist working in sculpture, installation, and performance mediums. Her work questions and responds to issues of identity as they relate to both the private and public self. For the past three years, her research has focused on issues of power, inequality, race, gender and segregation in Chicago, IL, where she is originally from and currently based. Pope’s work as an artist guide at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and her twelve years of study under the artist Nick Cave prove to be dominant influences on her practice.

Currently Pope is Assistant Professor in the Fashion Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she also earned her Masters in Design: Fashion, Body, and Garment. The artist exhibits nationally and internationally, and received press from the New York Times and Vanity Fair among others.

Other Events with Cheryl Pope
On June 19, 2015 the artist participated in the Next Day Q+A Session with the RMCAD community.

Cheryl also conducted a special workshop for RMCAD students titled Physicality and Language in Studio Practice. 


The suggested reading list includes various reading and media recommendations provided by the lecturer. This list of materials can include projects authored by the lecturer or others, and provides further insight into the guest’s sources of inspiration and additional context surrounding the artist/scholar/designer’s work and practice. This list is shared with RMCAD students and faculty and is archived on the website for academic integration and research opportunities. The physical materials are archived in the RMCAD campus library and the VASD Program archive.


And Then, You Act: Making Art in an Unpredictable World by Anne Bogart
Book – 2007

Sculpting in Time: Tarkovsky The Great Russian Filmaker Discusses His Art by Henry M. Sayre
Book – 1992

The Object of Performance: The American Avant-Garde since 1970 by John Brunner
Book – 2003

Hold it Against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art  by Jennifer Doyle
Book – 2013

Stalker  by Andrei Tarkovsky
Film – 1979

Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art  by Suzanne Lacy (Editor)
Book of essays – 1994

On Recent Work  by Ann Hamilton
Lecture – 2010