Pope.L: 25 Hours of Silence

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William Pope.L, Cage Unrequited, 2013, New York, NY Photo: Paula Court Courtesy of Pope.L and Performa


The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now closed this past weekend with Cage Unrequited, a 25-hour-long performance piece by William Pope.L. Throughout the course of the day and the night, artists and organizations from across Chicago were invited to the MCA to participate in the project, a marathon reading of John Cage’s landmark book Silence: Lectures and Writings. We’ve rounded up a few of the highlights from the evening. As you may have guessed, as the night went on, things got a little strange.