Anthony Elms is Associate Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, and is the Editor of WhiteWalls Inc. Before he worked at ICA, Elms worked at Gallery 400 and the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Elms works as an independent writer and curator, and recently co-curated the 2014 Whitney Biennial.
Elms’ writings have appeared in Afterall, Art Asia Pacific, Art Papers, Artforum, Cakewalk, May Revue, Modern Painters, New Art Examiner, and Time Out Chicago, and he has also written essays for many catalogs. Most recently, Elms was one of the curators for the 2014 Whitney Biennial in New York City. As an artist, Elms has been included in projects exhibited at Gahlberg Gallery (Glen Ellyn), Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago), Mandrake (Los Angeles), Mess Hall (Chicago), Randolph Street Gallery (Chicago), and VONZWECK (Chicago), among others. He has independently curated many exhibitions, including: Sun Ra, El Saturn & Chicago’s Afro-Futurist Underground, 1954-61 (with John Corbett and Terri Kapsalis); Interstellar Low Ways (with Huey Copeland); Can Bigfoot Get You a Beer?, and A Unicorn Basking in the Light of Three Glowing Suns (both with Philip von Zweck). He received a BFA in painting from Michigan State University and an MFA from the University of Chicago, and he continues to exhibit as an artist. In addition, Elms is an enthusiastic drummer and record collector.