The Planetarium of Black Indian Constellations

September 1 – October 17, 2015
Weil Gallery, Watson Fine Arts

Artist James Montford’s multi-media, planetarium-like installation explores Black Indian constellations. An audio narration guides you through a solar system populated by celestial bodies that your high school science books neglected to mention. Through provocative storytelling, compelling visuals, and inventive uses of technology, Montford creates a fertile universe where cultural identity, race, and social justice are ripe for investigation.

James Montford’s work ranges from photography and collage to performance art. Montford works between his studios in Boston, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island, where he teaches and is the director of the Edward M. Bannister Gallery at Rhode Island College. He received a BA at Brandeis University, an MA at Columbia University, and an MFA at the Maryland Institute of Art. His work has been exhibited nationally, and he has been the recipient of numerous grants and residencies, including a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and two Pollock Krasner Foundation grants. His work is represented by Miller Yezerski Gallery in Boston.


Gallery Opening & Reception
September 10, 2015 at 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Haas Concourse & Lobby, Watson Fine Arts

A Conversation on Race, Art and Activism
October 2, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Beard & Weil Galleries, Watson Fine Arts