Flint Water Plant Water Tower, originally constructed in 1952 and then majorly renovated in April 2014. The renovation allowed the city to filter and purify higher volumes of raw water to supply as potable water to Flint residents and service areas. 2017. Photo by Eric Dutro

Flint Water reception with Pope.L
Thursday, March 1, 2018
5 - 7 PM
Presentation at 6 PM

MW Gallery
815 Saginaw St
Flint, MI 48502

In 2017, Pope.L, a Chicago-based artist who has been making public interventionist art for over twenty years, worked with Detroit artist-run gallery What Pipeline to galvanize interest in the people of Flint and their struggle for clean water access.

Flint Water Project (2017) was an art installation, a performance and an intervention that called attention to the water crisis in Flint by bottling contaminated Flint tap water and selling it as an edition at What Pipeline. During the exhibition the art installation served as a store, a bottling demo, and an informal information center providing folks with details about Flint’s crisis and serious water issues happening in Detroit, the Midwest and beyond.

Proceeds from Flint Water will be donated to two charities: United Way of Genesee County, who will use the money for mitigating the long-term effects of the water crisis on residents of Flint; and Hydrate Detroit, a volunteer-led non-profit group combating water shutoffs and advocating for affordable water laws in Detroit.

Between September 2017 and January 2018, Flint Water Project raised over $30,000.

Pope.L returns to Flint on March 1, 2018, to present donations to United Way of Genesee County. A reception will be held at MW Gallery, 815 Saginaw St, from 5 to 7 PM. The presentation begins at 6 PM.

Editions of Flint Water now in the Mott-Warsh Collection, based in Flint, Michigan will be on view at MW Gallery as part of the exhibition "20/20: Influential Artists of the 20th Century" from February 9 through July 28, 2018.

Learn more about Flint Water Project