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.

Scheduled talks, performances + activations:

Stable Ground: Anti-Displacement Lab with NuLawLab
Thu, Nov 14, 6–7:30 PM

Teens Perform
Sun, Dec 1, 2–3 PM

East Boston Perspectives on Immigration
Thu, Dec 19, 6–7:30 PM

Stable Ground: Anti-Displacement Lab with NuLawLab
Sat, Jan 11, 2020, 2–3:30 PM

East Boston in Focus with Lydia Edwards
Thu, Jan 16, 2020, 7–8:30 PM

Performance and Celebration with Anthony Romero and collaborators
Sun, Jan 26, 2020, 2–4 PM


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.