Anthony Romero is a Chicago artist, writer, and curator interested in documenting and supporting artist-communities whose narratives and practices are often excluded from art historical narratives and exhibitions. He has executed curatorial projects nationally, most notably at Links Hall (IL), Antioch College (OH), and MASS Gallery (TX). His writings have appeared in Poetry Quarterly, The Huffington Post, Performa Magazine and the recently published edited volume on Chicago Social Practice History, Support Networks (University of Chicago Press).
“May I say a few words?”
From January 17 to March 14, 2015, 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.
Artists & Speakers
Ingrid Schaffner, Marlon T. Riggs, Metropolarity, Nick Bastis, Cudelice Brazelton, Marisa Williamson, J. Soto, Judith Leemann, Latham Owen Zearfoss, Serhiy Zhadan, Frank Sherlock
Program Anthony Romero kicked off his curatorial series with an evening of lectures by himself addressing his curatorial vision and Ingrid Schaffner. The lectures were followed by a screening of […]
Program 4th AUX Curatorial Fellow Anthony Romero presented the Metropolarity program “Erasures.” We were honored to have Metropolarity join us for an evening of sci-fi dreaming, scheming, and reading. http://metropolarity.net/ […]
Program Anthony Romero presented a night of performance and film with esoteric performance actions from Nick Bastis and Noah Furman with a film by Vox X artist Cudelice Brazelton. Artist […]
Program Romero presents a night of performances exploring political voice from Marisa Williamson, J. Soto, Letta Neely, and Judith Leeman. Artist Statements “Hemings in Paris” is a short film by […]
Program Romero presented Chicago polymath Latham Owen Zearfoss for a screening of his video work highlighting an intense range of appropriated and documentary footage of feminist and queer historical moments. […]
Program For his final program, Anthony Romero presented an evening of politically charged poetry with Ukranian poet Serhiy Zhadan and Philadelphia Poet Laureate Frank Sherlock. Video Documentation Bios Serhiy Zhadan […]
Vox Populi was extremely excited to present Katya Grokhovsky as our 5th AUX Curatorial Fellow supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Grokhovsky’s April & May 2015 programming […]
Whitney Kimball, the 3rd AUX Fellow, presented programming celebrating and examining the rough and incandescent world of radical collective making with a survey of collaborative performance art events in September […]
AUX Curatorial Fellow Jamillah James began her research period and program curating in Spring 2014. Jamillah is a curator and writer now based in Los Angeles whose interests include other […]