Not Without a Fight surveys mixed media, video, sculptures and installations by Cheryl Pope that question and respond to issues of identity as it relates to the individual and the community, specifically in regards to race, gender, class, history, power and place. With a background in fashion and boxing, Pope frequently collaborates with young artists from neighborhoods across Chicago. Her projects use unexpected pairings—such as sports with spoken word—to foster dialogue, creating safe spaces for their peers to speak up about tough subjects, including violence and its impact on youth, in order to document the felt experience of a community.
Cheryl Pope: Not Without a Fight is organized by Rockford Art Museum Curator Carrie Johnson. This exhibition and its related educational programming are sponsored in part by the Ahlstrand Family Foundation, Anne and David Boccignone and Women’s Art Board, with in-kind support from Event Floral. This program is partially supported by a Community Arts Access grant award from the Rockford Area Arts Council, and by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
SPONSORED BY AHLSTRAND FAMILY FOUNDATION, ANNE + DAVID BOCCIGNONE, WOMEN’S ART BOARD AND ROCKFORD AREA ARTS COUNCIL, IN-KIND SUPPORT FROM EVENT FLORAL
FREE ADMISSION FOR AGES 18 + UNDER DURING THE EXHIBITION
ARTWORK INFORMATION PRESENTED IN BOTH ENGLISH + SPANISH