This Thowback Thursday, we return to an important conversation with Monica O. Montgomery, who shares cultivation methods, engagement strategies, and cultural advocacy practices to enrich your socially responsive practice. Liberated space is right below your feet as you discover your role in championing change. Find inspiration in heritage and community histories and seek justice in museums, society, and beyond.
Monica O. Montgomery is an arts and culture innovator who uses creativity and social change as a means of bridging the gap between people and movements. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Broadcast Communication from Temple University and a Masters of Arts in Corporate Communication from LaSalle University. She is an assistant professor in the Museum Studies graduate schools of Pratt Institute and New York University, and an adjunct professor with Harvard University. As co-founder and strategic director of Museum Hue, she advocates for people of color in arts, culture, and museums, working nationally to train leaders and partner with museums to facilitate diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. In addition, Monica is the founding director of Museum of Impact, the world’s first mobile social justice museum.
Shortly before joining us at the IAS, Monica Montgomery offered a TedX Talk on the importance of being active in key moments of history, standing up for your beliefs, and the ways that getting involved in positive movements can help to change the world. You can watch that talk, called How to Be an Upstander, here.
For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we look to a unique collaboration between science and art.
How did an unlikely collaboration become so fruitful? David Odde, a biomedical engineer, and Black Label Movement, a collective of dance artists led by choreographer Carl Flink, team up to combine dance and science, shining new light on both. Odde studies the mechanics of cell division and migration. His group builds computer models of cellular and molecular self-assembly dynamics, and tests them using digital imaging of cells in engineered microenvironments. Black Label Movement (BLM) is a Minneapolis/St. Paul based dance theater led by choreographer Carl Flink who is dedicated to creating wildly physical, naturally virtuosic, intellectually and emotionally engaging art. BLM is recognized for its intense athleticism, daring risk taking and variety of performance modalities beyond the traditional concert dance structure. With Black Label Movement, Flink and Odde have explored the concept of bodystorming, in which human movers act as molecules that diffuse, undergo reactions, and generate/absorb forces.