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MCA Live
Silence the Silence

Tue, Feb 18, 2014, 6–8 pm

Chicago artist Cheryl Pope explores how we grieve and remember the many Chicago youths who have lost their lives to gun violence. Her project, Silence the Silence, mourns them through a memorial parade and series of performances throughout the museum. Join in the music and dance as Pope collaborates with students from the Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts) to produce this special event.

Silence the Silence is part of ongoing project by Pope titled Just Yell, through which she explores the effects of gun violence on the city of Chicago. Pope presents two other programs at the MCA as part of Just Yell, MCA Live: Walk with Me on Tuesday, March 25, and MCA Live: Bring to Light on Tuesday, April 22. These projects are presented as part of RISK: Empathy, Art, and Social Practice, a concurrent exhibition at Columbia College’s Glass Curtain Gallery.


About the Artist

Working in the mediums of sculpture, video, installation, assemblage, drawing, and performance, Cheryl Pope addresses issues of connectivity and identity that inform the way in which we live our lives today. Through research and experimentation, she produces work that poses specific questions about topical social, political, and global conversations. She is interested in developing communities through her work via collaboration, relevancy, and outreach that illustrate a collective and individual plight for assertive voice in light of social and political restraint. Pope received her Master’s in Design in 2010 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.