The Marvelous is Free (2015)
Anthony Romero & Matt Joynt

The Marvelous is Free (co-curated with Anthony Romero) is an exhibition of archival and historical ephemera that places St. Louis' Black Artists' Group, a collective of African American experimentalists working in theater, visual arts, dance, poetry, and jazz, within a network of like-minded artists and activists producing similar experiments in politics, form, and community between the late 60s and early 70s. Bringing together a range of rarely seen objects, films, and ephemera from personal and institutional collections, The Marvelous is Free presents a landscape of art and activism that includes the Black Arts Movement, Queer Liberation, the struggle for Latina/o civil rights, and more.

Created while in residence at Luminary Arts in St. Louis, MO, the exhibition included the final live performance by the late legendary free jazz drummer, Bobo Shaw, with assistance from an intergenerational group of artists in the BAG lineage with remarks from BAG scholar Benjamin Looker.


Images from The Marvelous is Free at Luminary Arts, St. Louis MO.