The Marvelous is Free (co-curated with Matthew Joynt) is an exhibition of archival and historical ephemera that places St. Louis' Black Artists' Group, a collective of African American experimentalists working in theater, visual arts, dance, poetry, and jazz, within a network of like-minded artists and activists producing similar experiments in politics, form, and community between the late 60s and early 70s. Bringing together a range of rarely seen objects, films, and ephemera from personal and institutional collections, The Marvelous is Free presents a landscape of art and activism that includes the Black Arts Movement, Queer Liberation, the struggle for Latina/o civil rights, and more.
May I say a few words?
From January 17 to March 14, 2015, Anthony Romero presented a diverse array of artists to interrogate the voice as it intersects with their own artistic practices. Filmmakers, writers, musicians, dancers, sculptures, and performers from across the US and Europe descended on Vox Populi to present work about acts of translation, protest, puppetry, queer utopias, state sanctioned violence, and more. The series, “May I say a few words?”, took its name from the 1851 Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio where Sojourner Truth delivered the speech commonly referred to as “Ain’t I a Woman”. The controversy over the translation of Truth’s speech, as well as the historical moment that it emerged from, are at the heart of a curatorial endeavor that aims to interrogate the political potential of the voice – especially as it relates to queer communities and communities of color. More information on this project can be found here.
I'll make you a movie after I eat
Curated by Josh Rios and Anthony Romero, I’ll make you a movie after I eat was a series of four screenings celebrating Chicana/o moving image works. Each screening was accompanied by a public presentation, performance, or talk in order to provide further context. The screenings took place between October and November 2014 at Gallery 400 at The University of Illinois Chicago and Comfort Station. More information regarding the screenings can be found on the Gallery 400 blog.