Anthony Romero
Curatorial Fellowship
November 2014 – March 2015


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.

Download Anthony Romero’s Curatorial Notebook

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


Saturday, January 17th
Lectures: Ingrid Schaffner, Anthony Romero
Screening: Marlon Riggs Jr.

Saturday, January 31st
Performance/Reading: Metropolarity

Saturday, February 14th
Performance: Nick Bastis, Noah FurmanScreening: Cudelice Brazelton

Saturday, February 21st
Marisa Williamson, J. Soto, Letta Neely, and Judith Leemann

Saturday, March 14th
Latham Owen Zearfoss

Sunday, March 15th
Serhiy Zhadan and Frank Sherlock

Poster Art