Virtual Events

Upcoming Events

Art + Conversation: Exploring The Sea in a Jug

Tuesday, August 11, Noon

Join the curators of The Sea in a Jug: The Welch Collection of Islamic and Later Indian Artstudent Alaleh Naderi ’21, Marta E. Ameri, Assistant Professor of Art, Beth Finch, Lunder Curator of American Art, and Qianni Zhu, Mirken Family Postbaccalaureate Fellow in Museum Practicefor a discussion of the history, art, and architecture of the Islamic world. Read more


Past Events

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. Read more

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. Read more

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.