The Long White Cloud


Black Cinema House is proud to present internationally acclaimed American artist and father William Pope.L’s newest film “The Long White Cloud” (2014, High Definition Video, 37 minutes).
‘The Long White Cloud’ was commissioned by Te Tuhi Exhibition Space as a three-part project and was rehearsed, staged, filmed and installed in Auckland, New Zealand in the summer of 2013. The three parts of the project were: 1. Open rehearsals and film shoot 2. A live performance of the rehearsed scenes 3. An installation containing the edited film, shown backstage, as well as the debris left over from the live performance.

The work is informed by a series of interrelated inquiries including an attempt to find solidarity between the national and the individual, a search for clarity in a ‘post-race’ culture as it supposedly exists in the U.S. and New Zealand today, to question what is such a culture and what does it feel like? It also explores the impossibility of truly connecting to another’s situation or history.

William Pope.L is a faculty member at the University of Chicago’s Department of Visual Arts and the recipient of many prestigious grants and awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, NEA fellowships, and the USA Fellowship in Visual Arts. He has shown his work at The Project in New York and Los Angeles, and was included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial. He is perhaps best known for his provocative performances, such as ATM Piece, and his decades-long series of crawls across New York City, commemorated in eRacism, a retrospective which showed at several prominent museums and galleries. Recent Midwest exhibits include Pull, a public performance project organized by Spaces in Cleveland, Ohio, and Forlesen at the University of Chicago’s Renaissance Society which included a book release titled Pope.L: Showing Up To Withhold. You can see his newest work in the exhibition William Pope.L: Trinket at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles from March 21–June 28, 2015.

Black Cinema House | 7200 S. Kimbark

Screening to be followed by a discussion with William Pope.L, led by Marco G. Ferrari (BCH Film Fellow) who worked as co-editor on the film. This screening is free and open to the public.

Please note: this screening contains explicit imagery and adult subject matter that is not appropriate for children. Viewer discretion is advised.