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).
Vox Populi, founded in 1988 as an artistic collective that supports the work of its members, teamed up with then-recently formed, Brooklyn-based curatorial collective Cleopatra's to explore the current role of artist-run spaces within the broader artistic community. The two groups surveyed and then convened founders of about 40 new alternative and artist-run spaces in New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Detroit, in order to foster a dialogue and identify points of connection and overlap. The discussion was originated by the members of the spaces themselves and not more seasoned academics, museum curators, or critics at a remove from the on-the-ground realities of running them, distinguishing this effort from other attempts in the field. Vox Populi, which has evolved over the years to support curated exhibitions as well as members' shows, is using the results of this process to inform and evaluate future directions for its programs and exhibitions.