Cheryl Pope, “Just Yell,” at Monique Meloche Gallery
We are often asked, in our American society, to have a public dialogue about youth violence. Well, artist Cheryl Pope decided to do just that. In a social experiment turned art project, Pope met with local high schools to discuss violent crimes against children in Chicago in the form of poetry and cheerleading yells. These empowering chants became inspiration for Pope’s sculptures, some of which took the form of memorials.
Best of Chicago 2013