Carnegie Nexus is an initiative that presents interdisciplinary, risk-taking public programs across all four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. For the 2017-2018 cycle of Carnegie Nexus, I was one of six staff members selected for the Nexus Fellowship program to contribute to the initiative’s ideation and implementation stages.
Our efforts resulted in Becoming Migrant, a month of thought-provoking performances, films, workshops, and conversations that took place in April 2018. We invited Pittsburgh community members to probe the topic of migration—natural and unnatural—to join us for a medley of events and activities, such as hearing Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen share his personal experiences as a refugee, learning about animal migration and evolution with RadioLab’s Jad Abumrad, listening to the Malian rhythms of singer-songwriter Fatoumata Diawara, and taking in Birdie, a riveting performance by Barcelona-based theater collective Agrupación Señor Serrano.
One of my major contributions was conceptualizing and spearheading a participatory postcard project called “What Moves You?” We set up stations at each museum and asked visitors to draw or write a response to a migration-related prompt, inspired by an object from that museum’s collection. Through this activity, visitors are able to reflect on the many ways that migration might inform their personal narratives and identities. The postcard project marked the first time the Nexus program had a permanent presence in museum gallery spaces, creating the opportunity for every museum visitor to engage in the conversation.
Migration is explored creatively by Carnegie Nexus, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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