Virtual Events

Upcoming Events

Practice a series of hands-on activities inspired by artworks in the galleries. In our Artful Healing sessions, Bodhi Simpson, LCPC, ATR, an art therapist with a private practice in Waterville, Maine, called Conscious Art Therapy will gently guide participants through a creative healing exercise inspired by a work of art in the Museum’s collection. This month’s exercise is inspired by Zanele Muholi’s Namhla 1 at Cassilhaus, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2016. Learn more.
In this first-ever Art + Conversation podcast, Dr. Ghada Gherwash, the founder of the Colby linguistic justice group, will lead a roundtable discussion on the topic of linguistic justice with some of the founding members of the group. Learn more.
This spring, The Maine Art Museum Trail is proud to present a digital program series that explores the notion of “making a home” and what that means for institutions and the communities they exist within. Hear a conversation between Zoe Sahloul, the Founder and Executive Director of the New England Arab American Organization (NEAAO) and Philippa Hughes, a Social Sculptor and Creative Strategist who produces art-fueled projects. Learn more. 

Maine Movements for Black Life Documentary Film Series: Art and Expression

Thursday, April 22, 5:30 p.m.

In the Fall of 2020, students from Global Studies 227: Visual Ways of Knowing created short documentary films to learn from and contribute to movements for racial justice. These films will be screened virtually on Zoom for the whole community, where each film will be presented by the filmmaker with a Q&A after the screening. Join the final screening to watch films by Micaela Duran ‘21, Iliana Gjeci ‘22.

Lunder Institute Talks: Reframing Modern Art of the American Southwest

Wednesday, April 22, 6–7 p.m.

Join this conversation to explore new research shaping understanding of modern art of the American Southwest—the focus of the Lunder Institute’s Research Fellows Program in 2021–22. University of Delaware professor Jessica Horton (2021–22 Distinguished Scholar) and the Met’s Associate Curator of Native American Art Patricia Marroquin Norby (2021–22 Research Fellow) will discuss some of the questions guiding their research. Register now. 

Virtual Retablos Workshop with Ivan Calderon

Saturday, April 24, 1:00 p.m.

Join artist Ivan Calderon for a live virtual workshop featuring a discussion on the history of retablo paintings, followed by an art-making session. Participants will create a painting that tells an important life story, using similar materials as the works of art on view in the exhibition, Miracles on the Border: Retablos of Mexican Migrants to the United States. Register by Monday, April 12.

 

Past Events

Maine Movements for Black Life Documentary Film Series: Abolition and Incarceration

In the Fall of 2020, students from Global Studies 227: Visual Ways of Knowing created short documentary films to learn from and contribute to movements for racial justice. These films will be screened virtually on Zoom for the whole community, where each film will be presented by the filmmaker with a Q&A after the screening. Join the second screening to watch films by Lorne Carter ‘21, Jon Curtis ‘23, Jesse Higgins ‘21, Alaleh Naderi ‘21.

Program Premiere of Art + Conversation: Miracles on the Border: Retablos of Mexican Migrants to the United States

This two-part program features a conversation between Priscilla Doel and Douglas Massey, who will discuss the retablo art tradition, how these objects inform migration research, as well as highlight immigrant contributions to the state of Maine:

Live Q+A Event for Art + Conversation: Miracles on the Border: Retablos of Mexican Migrants to the United States

All are welcome to join Priscilla Doel, Professor Emerita of Spanish and Portuguese at Colby College, and Douglas Massey, Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, at a live Q&A at 1 p.m., Monday, April 12. Learn more and register. 

Virtual Artful Meditation: Time to Celebrate

Experience greater mind-body connection though our Artful Meditation program. During this session, Jing Ye, a meditation teacher and a counselor at Colby College, will guide participants through a meditation inspired by Zanele Muholi’s Namhla 1 at Cassilhaus, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2016.

Virtual Artful Movements: Time to Celebrate

Practice a series of gentle yoga poses inspired by artworks in the galleries. Our Artful Movements sessions begin with a deeper look at an artwork, followed by yoga and meditation led by Kathleen Leisure Haberstock of School Street Yoga. In this Artful Movements session, we will be inspired by Zanele Muholi’s Namhla 1 at Cassilhaus, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2016, and we will explore the Fire Log Pose (Agnistambhasana).

Lunder Institute Talks: Oral Histories in the Present Tense:

Over the Summer of 2020, the Archives of American Art created a new initiative, the Pandemic Oral History project, that includes responses to the global pandemic across the American art world. This Lunder Institute Talk features the artist Wendy Red Star, a participant in the project, and Ben Gillespie and Liza Kirwin of the Archives of American Art in conversation with Beth Finch. The event will feature selected highlights from the eighty-five interviews, focusing on artists’ responses to this invitation to speak about their experiences during a time of interrelated crises. The conversation also touches on the Lunder Institute’s Vocal Archive, an oral history initiative dedicated to gathering artists’ reflections on works in the Colby Museum’s collection. Register now. 

A Conversation with The Maine Art Museum Trail Directors

Join four of the nine Directors of The Maine Art Museum Trail members in conversation about the past, present, and future of their own institutions as well as the entirety of the landscape of art, museums, and cultural communities in Maine and beyond. Learn more. 

Artful Movements: Time to Connect

Practice a series of gentle yoga poses inspired by artworks in the galleries. Our Artful Movements sessions begin with a deeper look at an artwork, followed by yoga and meditation led by Kathleen Leisure Haberstock of School Street Yoga. In this Artful Movements session, we will be inspired by Ana Mendieta’s Silueta Sangrienta, 1975, and we will explore Fish Pose (Matsyasana). Read more.

Artful Meditation: Time to Connect

Experience greater mind-body connection though our Artful Meditation program. During this session, Jing Ye, a meditation teacher and a counselor at Colby College, will guide participants through a meditation inspired by Ana Mendieta’s Silueta Sangrienta, 1975. Read more.

SLICE: From the Bayeux Tapestry to the Comic Strip

SLICE (Students Learning Innovative Creative Endeavors), a Waterville Creates program for ages 13-19, explores comic strip making with Colby College Museum of Art’s Roy Lichtenstein: History in the Making, 1948-1960. In his early career, Roy Lichtenstein was inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts the Norman conquest of England and has been described as an early incarnation of the comic strip. This SLICE session will provide you with all the basics, from creating your own medieval inspired storyboards with an online platform to learning about possible careers to pursue in the art field. Register now.

Artful Healing: Time to Connect

Practice a series of hands-on activities inspired by artworks in the galleries. In our Artful Healing sessions, Bodhi Simpson, LCPC, ATR, an art therapist with a private practice in Waterville, Maine, called Conscious Art Therapy will gently guide participants through a creative healing exercise inspired by a work of art in the Museum’s collection. 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 exercise is inspired by Ana Mendieta’s Silueta Sangrienta,1975. Read more.

Art + Conversation: Roy Lichtenstein: History in the Making 1948–1960

Watch a pre-recorded conversation between Elizabeth Finch and Marshall N. Price, co-curators of Roy Lichtenstein: History in the Making, 1948–1960. They will discuss the little-known early career of the Pop art legend and their collaborative work on this groundbreaking exhibition, which begins its national tour at the Colby College Museum of Art.

Artful Movements: Time to Face Yourself

Practice a series of gentle yoga poses inspired by artworks in the galleries. Our Artful Movementssessions begin with a deeper look at an artwork, followed by yoga and meditation led by Kathleen Leisure Haberstock of School Street Yoga. In this Artful Movements session, we will be inspired by Glenn Ligon’s Palindrome #1, 2007, and we will explore Mountain Pose (Tadasana). Read more!

Artful Meditation: Time to Face Yourself

Experience greater mind-body connection though our Artful Meditation program. During this session, Jing Ye, a meditation teacher and a counselor at Colby College, will guide participants through a meditation inspired by Glenn Ligon’s Palindrome #1, 2007. Read more!

Artful Healing: Time to Face Yourself

Practice a series of hands-on activities inspired by artworks in the galleries. In our Artful Healingsessions, Bodhi Simpson, LCPC, ATR, an art therapist with a private practice in Waterville, Maine, called Conscious Art Therapy will gently guide participants through a creative healing exercise inspired by a work of art in the Museum’s collection. 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 exercise is inspired by Glenn Ligon’s Palindrome #1, 2007. Read more!

A Conversation with the Colby Museum’s New Director

Carolyn Muzzy Director of Colby College Museum of Art Jacqueline Terrassa shared the bold vision for the Colby Museum in a conversation on Jan. 21 with Julia Lo ’14, Museum Board of Governors member, former Colby Museum intern, and current programs manager at the Vilcek Foundation. Watch now!

Artful Healing: Time to Move

The natural state of life is a continual process of movement. During this Artful Healing offering, we will come together to connect more deeply to the rhythm within ourselves and expand into an awareness of our interconnectedness with the rhythm of life.

Inner Music, created by Richmond Barthé, offers us an entry point into the theme of movement and connects us to the rhythm within and around us. We will practice our own Creative Movement Visual Meditation, a creative process that allows us to open ourselves to a deep experience. Watch now!

Artful Meditation: Time to Move

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 Richmond Barthé’s Inner Music (c. 1956). Watch now!

Artful Movements: Time to Move

Richmond Barthé’s sculpture Inner Music (c. 1956) depicts a dancer in motion, capturing a moment of grace and precision. Looking downward with a solemn face, the dancer seems to be immersed in his artistic expression. The yoga pose of focus for this session is thus the dance pose (natarajasana). This yoga pose will allow participants to experience a sense of harmony and balance that is crucial to dance. Watch now! 

Artful Movements: Time to Flow

In the 1960s, Florida’s meandering Kissimmee River was forcefully constrained to a straight channel, resulting in detrimental impacts on the surrounding environment. In response, artist Maya Lin, currently a Lunder Institute for American Art Senior Fellow, mapped the the complexity of the river’s former course using hundreds of pushpins inserted directly into the gallery wall.

The cobra pose that is central to this month’s yoga session will prompt participants to roll back their shoulders and open up their hearts while lying on the floor, imitating the curved form of the river. Watch now!

Artful Meditation: Time to Flow

In this Artful Meditation, Jing Ye, a meditation teacher and a counselor at Colby College, guides us through a meditation that will ground our thoughts, inspired by Maya Lin Pin River-Kissimmee, 2008, fostering greater mind-body connection.

In the 1960s, Florida’s meandering Kissimmee River was forcefully constrained to a straight channel, resulting in detrimental impacts on the surrounding environment. In response, artist Maya Lin, currently a Lunder Institute for American Art Senior Fellow, mapped the complexity of the river’s original course using hundreds of push pins inserted directly into the gallery wall. Watch now!

Artful Healing: Time to Flow

Learn how to enter into the state of “flow” through the creative process. This month’s artwork Pin River-Kissimmee, created by artist Maya Lin, invites in the element of water and the metaphor of the expansive, flowing river. Flow state is a common experience during artmaking and is important for your mental and emotional health.

Through this creative process we will learn how to open to and experience surrender in order to allow the natural flow of life to propel us forward, rather than needing to force or control. To achieve this, we will engage in our own Creative Flow Painting Meditation. No previous artistic experience necessary. Watch now!

Art + Conversation: Another World is Possible

Watch Elizabeth Jabar, inaugural Director of Civic Engagement and Community Partnerships at Colby College, and co-founder of Hinge Collaborative, and Olivia Fountain, Anne Lunder Leland Curatorial Fellow at Colby College Museum of Art in a pre-recorded discussion on the centennial year of the 19th amendment and the evolution of voting rights through Jabar’s Another World is Possible print currently on view in Davis Gallery. To learn more about Hinge Collaborative and their programs please visit their website. Watch now!

Artful Healing: Time to Let Go

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). Watch now. 

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

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. Watch now. 

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!