Founded in 1988, Vox Populi is a member-run artist collective that presents exhibitions in its white box main gallery, performances in its black box AUX space, media programs in its curated video-lounge, and other programs such as gallery talks, performances, lectures, and related events. The gallery periodically invites curators from outside the Philadelphia region to curate thematic exhibitions. Guests curators have included Lia Gangiatano (Participant Inc., New York), Malik Gaines (LAX, Los Angeles), Ceci Moss (Hammer Museum, Los Angeles), and Astria Suparak (formerly of Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh).
Bringing together the works of 19 diverse artists, and guest-curated by Malik Gaines, Quadruple-Consciousness explored various tactics for representing the complex, contradictory legacies of cultural difference. The title is a multiplication of W.E.B. Du Bois' idea of ethnic "Double-Consciousness," expanded and further complicated to account for a broader range of identities, ethnic, gendered, or other. The exhibition included fictitious portraits, play-acting, historiographic collages, and alternate histories, realized in performance, video, installation, painting, drawing, and sculpture. An accompanying catalog documented the work, but also included a conversation between Malik Gaines and artists Ei Arakawa and Adam Pendleton, and a roundtable with Gaines, artist Michelle Dizon, and art historian Steven Nelson.