SUPERMAN PLANS CRAWL UP BROADWAY! Not the comic book hero, but the real-life African American performance artist William Pope.L, who has recently emerged as something of an underground hero himself. Dressed in a store-bought Superman costume, Pope.L is about to launch a marathon crawl through Manhattan. A perfect metaphor for post-9-11 New York, this piece, titled "The Great White Way," has earned Pope.L a coveted spot in the upcoming Whitney Biennial. But just as his project is scheduled to begin, the unlikely caped crusader has gotten caught in the crossfire of the culture wars. When the National Endowment for the Arts announced its first round of grants for fiscal year 2002 in late December, acting chair Robert Martin refused to authorize $20,000 for "William Pope.L: eRacism," a traveling retrospective of the artist's 20-year career organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art (ICA-MECA). Martin's action, overturning the recommendations of the NEA review panel and the National Council for the Arts, summoned up the... More >>>