Can I get a flag?

Sep 24, 3:00PM – 4:00PM

Cheryl Pope presents a new performance work for her project Just Yell, featuring poems by Wayne Strange and Imfromthecity. Can I get a flag? contemplates the referee penalty flag, commonly used in football to call out violations on the field. The flags for this performance are marked with protest poetry and gifted to the public to be used as alternative forms of “calling out” public misconduct. The performance will begin in the gallery and expand throughout the city, as Pope and the poets drive, popping up in neighborhoods across the city performing and empowering citizens with these poetic penalty flags.


The performance will start promptly at 3PM. Admission is FREE and open to the public.


On view through September 24, 2016

This Heat is a summer-long exhibition featuring three Chicago-based artists. Their works respond to the gun violence epidemic in Chicago and are driven by a particular sense of responsibility to their community and its youth. Through material exploration and community collaboration, the artworks investigate issues of racism, segregation, and the media's representation of crime. From sound and sculpture to video and photography, installation-based projects ask: How do we grapple with the enormity of these issues? This Heat continues the conversation and confronts the rising violence on our streets.


Featuring work by Cheryl Pope, Garland Martin Taylor, and Krista Wortendyke.


Cheryl Pope (American b. 1980, lives Chicago) received a Masters in Design in from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010, which was supported by a Full Tuition Merit Scholarship and Bachelors of Fine Arts from the same institute in 2003. Pope was the studio manager for artist Nick Cave from 2003-2012 and she credits him and his work as a great influence on her practice. Pope’s recent solo exhibitions include Just Yell: From Within at the Poetry Foundation, Chicago, IL (2015), Just Yell: Leveling the Playing Field at Chicago Cultural Center, presented in conjunction with her DCASE residency (2015), and Speculum Speculorum at Galleria Bianconi, Milan, Italy (2014). Additionally, Pope's work has been included in many group contexts, including What Kind of a Celebration?, Kunsthalle Osnabrueck, Germany (2015), Substrate at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO (2015), and This Side of Paradise, presented by No Longer Empty, New York, NY (2012). Her work is in the collections of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA; the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA; the Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii; and the United States Embassy, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In 2016, Pope will be an artist in residence at Fountainhead, Miami, as well as the Art-Port Foundation in Tel Aviv, Israel. Monique Meloche Gallery will host her second solo show in 2016. Pope currently teaches in the Fashion Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Wayne Strange is a Chicago poet, athlete, and Member of the Military National Guard. He has performed at the Hyde Park Arts Center, Aspen Ideas Festival, Chicago Cultural Center, and The Poetry Foundation. In 2012, Strange was a finalist for the National Poetry Slam competition Louder Than A Bomb. Currently, he attends Northeastern Illinois University double majoring in Business and Physical Education.

Justyce Henderson is a multi-talented songwriter/poet/artist. She has performed with the Just Yell team at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Chicago Cultural Center.  Through Chicago’s After School Matters program she has performed at Staging A Revolution  as well as open mic shows such as LYRIC and Chicago’s Westside’s Poetry On The Patio hosted by “Kell-O-G”. Currently, she is working on her first project as a songwriter called “An Unknown Album”. This project produced by her brother, DJ MOD, will be a list of self-written songs including collaborations with Chicago artists, poets, and singers .“An Unknown Album’s” will be released later this year. Henderson is studying at Northern Illinois University and will receive her Bachelors degree in Marketing.

The exhibition and programming is in partnership with the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence. For more information visit:

From the exhibition “This Heat”