Guests welcome throughout the afternoon
Performances with guest collaborators start at 1:30pm
Open conversation with the artist at 4pm
The Lunder Institute for American Art is pleased to host (AO), a series of performances by visiting artist Torkwase Dyson and invited collaborators that explore the ways in which forms of visual art, literature, and science respond to distance and distortion. The afternoon will unfold through embodied experiences in and around Dyson’s exhibition Nautical Dusk, curated by Diana Tuite and inspired by archival materials related to Samuel Osborne (c.1833–1904). Born into slavery on a Virginia plantation, Osborne migrated to Maine in 1865 and served as a Colby College janitor from 1867 to 1903. In the works she produced for Nautical Dusk, Dyson combines simple geometric forms infused with metaphorical associations found in obituaries of Osborne written by unnamed white authors.
Adaptive optics (AO) is a technology used to improve the performance of optical systems by reducing the effect of incoming wavefront distortions by deforming a mirror in order to compensate for the distortion.