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CARL POPE JR: SILENT WISHES, UNCONSCIOUS DREAMS AND PRAYERS...FULFILLED FINDS A NEW HOME

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Sunday, September 11, 2011 2:30 PM | FREE
Church of the Good Shepherd

155 Wyllys Street, Hartford

Hartford, Connecticut - Real Art Ways is pleased to announce Carl Pope Jr: Silent Wishes has found a new permanent home on the lawn of Church of the Good Shepherd at 155 Wyllys Street in Hartford, where it will be rededicated this Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 2:30 PM as part of the 10th Annual Hope Out Loud Peace and Arts Festival.

Silent Wishes is a public artwork created by Carl Pope Jr. during his residency at Real Art Ways. It was first dedicated in September 1996, and installed temporarily in a vacant lot on Albany Avenue in Hartford. The intent of the work is to help community people reflect upon and heal the pains of urban violence with the hope of preventing more deaths.

Carl Pope Jr. interviewed family and friends of several Hartford young people who had died early, often a result of violence. These seventeen brownstone slabs brownstone slabs are etched with the words of the deceased as remembered by those close to them. Their words are haunting testimony to feelings of hopelessness and expectations of an early death, feelings that—particularly when expressed by our young people—must be of concern to the entire community.

About Carl Pope Jr.
Carl Pope Jr. (b. 1961 in Indianapolis, Indiana) multi media investigations of the socio-economic landscape of Indianapolis were shown at prestigious venues including the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, receiving generous support from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lilly Endowment and the National Endowment for the Arts. Pope's work gained international exposure in "Black Male" at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 1996, Pope enrolled in the MFA program at Indiana University and expanded his conceptual concerns to include an investigation of the Self. The initial excursions into his internal landscape produced the video/text installation "Palimpsest" commissioned by the Wadsworth Antheneum with funds from the Warhol and Lannan Foundations. "Palimpsest" was also included in the Whitney Biennial 2000.

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