Torkwase Dyson was the Lunder Institute’s third visiting artist. In her time as a Lunder Institute visiting artist, Dyson investigated materials in the college library’s Special Collections, meeting with Colby faculty and students, and developed fertile ground for potential collaborative projects. This hybrid platform, which combines research with ongoing reflection and conversation, provided time for the New Jersey-based artist to explore intersections with scholars from multiple disciplines. In addition, Dyson was showing a new body of site-specific work in the exhibition Nautical Dusk, curated by Katz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Diana Tuite, who invited Dyson to consult archival materials related to Samuel Osborne (c. 1833-1904), a former enslaved man who migrated to Maine in 1865 and served as Colby College janitor from 1867 to 1903. Part of the Museum’s robust contemporary art program, Nautical Dusk was on view from October 4, 2018 through January 6, 2019.
Following the opening of Nautical Dusk, Dyson returned to campus from October 31 through November 7, 2018 when she shared the results of her discoveries and collaborative encounters through a series of convenings, culminating on Nov. 7 with a public performance at the Colby Museum featuring artist Zachary Fabri, and an open conversation about Dyson’s work and process.