Virtual Events

Upcoming Events

Lunder Institute Talks: Tanya Sheehan with Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman

Thursday, October 15, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

The Lunder Institute Talks are a series of live, hour-long Zoom conversations with scholars and artists who are shaping the field of American art. Together, Lunder Institute area directors (Daisy Desrosiers, Theaster Gates, and Tanya Sheehan) and invited guests will explore contemporary questions through artistic practice. Each conversation will engage with artworks and/or ongoing projects related to the Colby Museum, including work by the invited artists.

Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman are cofounders of For Freedoms, an artist-run initiative to merge political and artistic discourse, which was awarded the 2017 ICP Infinity Award for New Media and Online Platform. Read more. 

Artful Healing: Time to Let Go

Monday, October 19, 2020, Noon

During each Artful Healing session, art therapist Bodhi Simpson will gently guide participants through a 30-minute creative healing exercise inspired by a work in the Museum’s collection under a monthly theme. This offering will support the development of creative expression, increase your self-awareness, and teach you simple tools to support your emotional wellbeing.

This month’s Artful Healing offering is inspired by Martin Puryear’s Up and Over (2014). Read more. 


Past Events

Artful Meditation: Time to Let Go

In Artful Meditation, a new Let Art Inspire wellness series, Jing Ye, a meditation teacher and a counselor at Colby College, will guide participants through a 30-minute meditation session inspired by a work in the Museum’s collection, fostering greater mind-body connection. 

In this session, we’ll ground our thoughts with the help of Martin Puryear’s Up and Over (2014). Read more.

Artful Movements: Time to Let Go

Artful Movements provides an opportunity to practice a series of gentle yoga poses inspired by artworks in the galleries. These free sessions begin with a deeper look at an artwork, followed by a series of gentle poses and meditation led by Kathleen Leisure Haberstock of School Street Yoga.

In this Artful Movements session, we will be inspired by Martin Puryear’s Up and Over (2014), and will explore Adho mukha svanasana (downward facing dog pose). Watch here! 

Artful Healing: Time to Ground Yourself

Art therapist Bodhi Simpson will gently guide participants through a 30-minute creative healing exercise inspired by a work in the Museum’s collection under a monthly theme. This offering will support the development of creative expression, increase your self-awareness, and teach you simple tools to support your emotional wellbeing.This month’s Artful Healing offering is inspired by Theresa Secord’s Penobscot Barrel (2019). Grounded in nature, this beautiful Penobscot Barrel was handmade with strips of sweetgrass, ash, and cedar bark. These plants are woven together a container to provide a safe, nurturing space where we can connect more deeply to ourselves and to the Earth. Using our imaginations and the creative process, we will learn how to create and work with our own Grounding Tree Painting, cultivating the experience of being mindful and present in our physical bodies. Watch here!

Lunder Institute Talks: Daisy Desrosiers with Naeem Mohaiemen

The Lunder Institute Talks are a series of live, hour-long Zoom conversations with scholars and artists who are shaping the field of American art. Together, Lunder Institute area directors (Daisy Desrosiers, Theaster Gates, and Tanya Sheehan) and invited guests will explore contemporary questions through artistic practice. Each conversation will engage with artworks and/or ongoing projects related to the Colby Museum, including work by the invited artists.

Naeem Mohaiemen combines films, installations, and essays to research socialist utopia, malleable borders, and rhizomatic families. Mohaiemen is author of Prisoners of Shothik Itihash (Kunsthalle Basel, 2014), and co-editor with Eszter Szakacs of Solidarity Must be Defended (Tranzit, forthcoming). He is a 2020–21 Senior Fellow at the Lunder Institute for American Art, 2020–23 Mellon Fellow at Columbia University, and is on the Advisory Board of the Vera List Center for Art & Politics at the New School in New York. Watch now!

Artful Meditation: Time to Ground Yourself

In Artful Meditation, a new Let Art Inspire wellness series, Jing Ye, a meditation teacher and a counselor at Colby College, will guide participants through a meditation session inspired by a work in the Museum’s collection, fostering greater mind-body connection. In this session, we’ll ground our thoughts with the help of Theresa Secord’s Penobscot Barrel (2019). Watch now! 

Artful Movements: Time to Ground Yourself

In this Artful Movements session, we will remove the toxins and waste in our systems that interfere with our self-improvement and growth. Inspired by Theresa Secord’s Penobscot Barrel (2019), made of natural materials and grounded in a traditional practice, we will explore Raised Hands Pose (Urdhva Hastasana), sometimes called Talasana, or the Palm Tree Pose. Like Penobscot Barrel, this pose resonates with the natural world. By connecting with nature, we will prepare our “barrels” for an abundance of health and vitality. Watch now! 

Art + Conversation with Kifah Abdulla

Portland-based artist, poet, writer, performer, teacher, and activist Kifah Abdulla will demonstrate Arabic calligraphy and share the story of how he incorporates calligraphy into his own work. Originally from Iraq, Kifah lived for many years as a refugee in Jordan and Holland before becoming a U.S. citizen. This program is related to  The Sea in a Jug: The Welch Collection of Islamic and Later Indian Art. Watch now! 

Sailors’ Souvenirs: Cultural Appropriation Across the Globe

Sarah Timm, Manager of Interpretation at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine, discusses objects from MMM’s collection that were collected by Maine captains and crews during their stops in ports around the world, as many objects transformed in meaning and function once they came back to America.

This talk is presented in conjunction with the Colby Museum exhibition Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing. Watch now! 

Artful Movements @ Home: Find Your Inner Self

Louise Nevelson’s Standing Figure (Proud Oriental Figure) is a sculpture made of terracotta, a type of ceramic, and the Eagle yoga pose alludes to its physical form. To create the yoga pose, one must sculpt one’s own body, moulding oneself into an upright posture by crossing arms and legs while standing. Watch here

Lunder Institute Student Research Assistant Roundtable

Colby students who served as research assistants for the Lunder Institute for American Art in 2019–20 share their experiences working for the Institute’s inaugural cohort of Research Fellows. Watch here

Artful Movements @ Home: Let It Bloom

Colored Vases, 2006-2008 uses Neolithic pottery (5000-3000 B.C.E.), represents a pivotal development in the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s exploration of sculpture as a medium for social and political criticism. The garland pose alludes to the shape of the vases and when practicing yoga one can strengthen their mind-body connection which in turn prompts one’s understanding of themselves on a deeper level. Watch here

Virtual Art + Conversation: River Works: Whistler and the Industrial Thames

Justin McCann, Lunder Curator for Whistler Studies at the Colby College Museum of Art, offers a virtual tour of the River Works: Whistler and the Industrial Thames exhibition, featuring a series of works created during the artist’s time living in Victorian London environs. Justin sheds a light on the environmental hazards of air pollution and “Great Stinks” apparent in Whistler’s depictions of the working waterfront. Watch here

Virtual Art + Conversation: Hew Locke: Here’s The Thing

Sarah Duff, assistant professor of history, and Diana Tuite, Katz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, discuss the Queen Victoria figurehead and British imperialism in relation to the Hew Locke: Here’s The Thing exhibition. Watch here.

Artful Movements @ Home: Strengthen Your Inner Calm

Marsden Hartley is a Maine-born artist. His painting Late Fall, Maine conveys a cool calmness and is evocative of his continued artistic exploration of nature. The Tree yoga pose alludes to the sturdy trees depicted and helps build the strength of the body core, encouraging one to strengthen their inner calm. Watch here

Virtual Art + Conversation: SEED-O-MATIC

Spring is the perfect time to start a garden. The SEED-O-MATIC, the world’s slowest vending machine, can help—even in the age of social distancing. Developed by the Center for Genomic Gastronomy and stocked with help from our partners at Fedco Seeds, this machine makes locally-produced seeds available as part of its mission to promote agricultural biodiversity and seed sovereignty. With our relationship to food supplies affected by the spread of COVID-19, and local, state, and national organizers reimagining food distribution systems, how does something like the SEED-O-MATIC take on new resonance? Olivia Fountain, the Museum’s Anne Lunder Leland Curatorial Fellow, speaks about the SEED-O-MATIC and answer questions. Watch here. 

Jessamine Batario: The New Social Environment Lunchtime Conversations

In response to the imminent crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Brooklyn Rail shifted its operations online. These daily Social Environment lunchtime conversations provide a place to have vibrant conversations in a time of great social distancing. Here Phong H. Bui hosts art historian and March Guest Critic Jessamine Batario, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow for Artistic and Scholarly Engagement and Programs at our Lunder Institute for American Art, for a conversation on the social, philosophical, and performative resonances of walking. Watch here. 

Lunder Institute Research Symposium: Art by African Americans

On Friday, March 13, 2020, the Lunder Institute for American Art hosted a research symposium on art by African Americans. This live-streamed, daylong event featured work-in-progress presentations by the six 2019-2020 Lunder Institute Research Fellows, discussions moderated by Distinguished Scholar Tanya Sheehan, and a roundtable with leading scholars focused on questions about the state of the field. Watch here.

Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing

On February 20, 2020, London-based artist Hew Locke offered a talk at the Colby College Museum of Art for the opening of Here’s the Thing, the most comprehensive exhibition of his work to date. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1959, but raised in Guyana—a British colony until 1970—Locke often sailed between the UK and South America during his childhood. Across a wide range of media, he considers the maritime vectors of mercantilism, colonialism, post-colonialism, migration, and diaspora. Watch here.