Anthony Elms

Daniel and Brett Sundheim Chief Curator


Since joining ICA’s staff in 2011, Anthony Elms has organized the exhibitions Cauleen Smith: Give It or Leave It (2018), Endless Shout (2016-7), Rodney McMillian: The Black Show (2016), Christopher Knowles: In a Word with writer Hilton Als (2015), White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart (2013), and coordinated several other exhibitions and projects. He is also a writer and editor of the publishing imprint White Walls Inc. Elms’s writings have appeared in various periodicals, including Afterall, Art Asia Pacific, ART PAPERS, Cakewalk, May Revue, Modern Painters, and New Art Examiner.

Elms has written essays for catalogues and edited collections such as Cosey Complex (Koenig Books), Geof Oppenheimer: Big Boss and the Ecstasy of Pleasures (Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art), Terry Adkins: Recital (Prestel) and Among Others: Blackness at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art).. He has independently curated many exhibitions, including: Interstellar Low Ways (with Huey Copeland); A Unicorn Basking in the Light of Three Glowing Suns (with Philip von Zweck); and Sun Ra, El Saturn & Chicago’s Afro-Futurist Underground, 1954-68 (with John Corbett and Terri Kapsalis). He was one of three curators of the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

White Petals Surround Your Yellow HeartStefan Sagmeister The Happy ShowRuffneck ConstructivistsICA@50: Pleasing Artists And Publics Since 1963Deb SokolowCarl Michael von Hausswolff / Signs of Life: Process and Materials 1960–1990 (1990)Jadranka Kosorcic / Face-Off: The Portrait in Recent Art (1994)Siltbreeze / Image Scavengers (1982)Josephine Pryde: lapses in Thinking By the person i AmChristopher Knowles: In a WordRodney McMillian: The Black ShowThe Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to NowEndless ShoutScreening: Bernadette Corporation Hell Frozen Over & Get Rid of YourselfLecture: Hilton Als on “Diane Arbus in Manhattan”Performance: Frances Stark at International HousePerformance: Leif Elggren That Little Idiot Telling TruthExcursus IV: ConversationExcursus IV: ConversationExcursus IV: ConversationFilm Screening: CleopatraOpening and Walkthrough: Winter 2013My Barbarian PerformanceHappiness ModulesOpening and Walkthrough: Spring 2012PennDesign Fine Arts Lecture Series: Stefan SagmeisterLunchtime Conversation with Stefan SagmeisterSusan Howe and David Grubbs / Paul Thek / Processions (1977)Siltbreezes and German Spectres / Image Scavengers (1982) and Investigations 28: Martin Kippenberger (1989)Performance: Carl Michael von Hausswolff / Signs of Life: Process and Materials 1960–1990 (1990) Arthur Jafa Screening in conjunction with BlackStar Film FestivalKahlil Joseph Screening and Conversation in conjuction with BlackStar Film FestivalRELAY HYMN: Terry Adkins in MemoriamFall Opening CelebrationConversation: Hilton Als and Anthony Elms on Christopher KnowlesLauder Lecture on Contemporary Art: Robert WilsonChristopher Knowles Performance: The Sundance Kid is BeautifulChristopher Knowles Performance: The Sundance Kid is BeautifulLecture: Mathieu Malouf and Josephine PrydeBrown Bag Lunch with Chief Curator Anthony ElmsFall Opening CelebrationMiya Masaoka: A Line Becomes a CircleGeorge Lewis: CalderGeorge Lewis: A Recital for Terry Adkins with Ensemble PamplemousseDouglas R. Ewart and Ni’Ja Whitson: Rio NegroScreening at IHP: Shwabada: The Music of Ndikho XabaBrown Bag Lunch with Raúl de Nieves: The FlyCurators’ Conversation: Naomi Beckwith, Anthony Elms, and Dieter RoelstraeteCharles Gaines and Fred Moten in ConversationRaúl de Nieves: The Way and the BodyRaúl de Nieves: If I’m not dead then why did you bury me by Jake DibelerRaúl de Nieves: Mother of Vinegar: 2nd Sequence by Whitney VangrinRaúl de Nieves: Ceremonial Metal of Alien Exits by Somos MonstrosRaúl de Nieves: Soap Opera by HARIBOENDLESS SHOUT: Ashon Crawley and Theodore HarrisENDLESS SHOUT: Jumatatu M. Poe’s Let ‘im Move You: A Study and This Is a SuccessENDLESS SHOUT: Virago-Man Dem: in-process showings by Cynthia OliverENDLESS SHOUT: Virago-Man Dem: in-process showings by Cynthia OliverWadada Leo Smith and Pheeroan akLaffThe Freedom Principle / Endless Shout ScreeningENDLESS SHOUT: counts orchestrate, a meadow (or weekly practice with breath) by taisha paggettENDLESS SHOUT: counts orchestrate, a meadow (or weekly practice with breath) by taisha paggettThe Freedom Principle Now: Creative Capital presents a Creative ConversationENDLESS SHOUT: Mouth of Darkness by travisThe Freedom Principle/Endless Shout Closing Party: Joshua Abrams & Natural Information SocietyWinter Opening CelebrationPublic Curator-Led Tour of Cary Leibowitz: Museum ShowCary Leibowitz and Wayne Koestenbaum in Conversation with Chief Curator Anthony Elms