Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Concerning ConsequencesStudies in Art, Destruction, and Trauma$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Kristine Stiles

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226774510

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226304403.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 04 June 2020

Thunderbird Immolation: William Pope.L and Burning Racism (2002)1

Thunderbird Immolation: William Pope.L and Burning Racism (2002)1

Chapter:
(p.244) Thunderbird Immolation: William Pope.L and Burning Racism (2002)1
Source:
Concerning Consequences
Author(s):

Kristine Stiles

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226304403.003.0014

This chapter examines William Pope.L's Thunderbird Immolation, a work of art that brings humor into the context of racism. Thunderbird Immolation (and other street works like Roach Motel, 1978) is socially aggressive and confrontational in the manner of Adrian Piper's early Catalysis pieces. While performance art is fundamentally a figurative practice deeply intertwined with the development of figurative painting, sculpture, and photography from history painting and various types of social realism to documentary, Pope.L's performative intervention in the spaces of the elite Soho commercial art market also realized a high level of conceptual abstraction. Pope.L expresses his fury in what is best known as “black humor”.

Keywords:   black humor, William Pope.L, Thunderbird Immolation, racism, performance art, photography, painting, social realism

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.