Anthony Romero, Not Peaceable and Quiet, 2018. Performance collaboration with Matt Joynt and Josh Rios. M:ST 9 Performance Art Biennial, National Music Centre, Calgary, Alberta. Courtesy the artist © Anthony Romero.
Artist and organizer Anthony Romero and project collaborators join Ruth Erickson, ICA Mannion Family Curator, for a culminating performance and discussion of …first in thought, then in action, a community engagement and performance project commissioned as part of the exhibition When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art. Together they will celebrate the resiliency of those facing and resisting various forms of displacement. Followed by a reception open to the public.
…first in thought, then in action
The ICA invited Boston-based artist, organizer, and educator Anthony Romero to create …first in thought, then in action, a project that expands ideas, questions, and provocations beyond the museum’s walls. Romero has developed the project over the past year, with a focus on East Boston, organizing a series of listening sessions and community gatherings to collect local histories of activism, migration, and displacement from East Boston perspectives. At the ICA, he premieres a new sculpture and sound piece as well as a corresponding series of public talks, conversations, and performances with local organizers and community members that touch on gentrification, housing, and displacement.
Anthony Romero’s …first in thought, then in action is supported, in part, by Robert Nagle, a Live Arts Boston grant from the Boston Foundation, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.