Meet our Summer Think Tank Guests for July

We have had an amazing group of people join us in June and we are very excited to announce our July participants for the Lunder Institute for American Art Summer Think Tank. In July, we welcome a cohort of six performance artists, Ayana Evans, Tsedaye Makonnen, Dominique Duroseau, Nyugen Smith, M. Lamar, and Eleanor Kipping, who with the guidance, advisement, and support of pioneer and influential artist, Lorraine O’Grady, and her trusted colleague and collaborator, artist, Sur Rodney, will workshop and incubate a performance piece, using one of O’Grady’s never published or shared scores. This is a very special moment for the Lunder Institute and we can’t wait to be a part of what’s developed and workshopped by the performance artists at GB+S and to see what directions it will lead to beyond the summer think tank. This amazing group is a product of a collaboration with O’Grady and Rodney, and we are grateful to them both.

In July, we also welcome back current Ossorio Fellow, Paula Wilson, who is currently featured in Ashley Bryan / Paula Wilson: Take the World into Your Arms,  a two person exhibition at the The Joan Dignam Schmaltz Gallery of Art at the Paul J. Schupf Art Center, Downtown Waterville through the end of July. Paula will be part of a conversation with Daniel Minter and Virgil Ortiz facilitated by Colby Museum Director Jackie Terassa during the 2023 Summer Luncheon hosted by the museum. Paula Wilson will also present a talk and walk-through of her exhibition on July 7th. (Space is limited, and RSVP is required.)

We are also pleased to co-host First Fridays at Green Block & Studios this Friday July 7 where all are welcome to join Lunder Institute for American Art summer fellows and senior fellow Paula Wilson for a party featuring Central Maine’s premiere DJs.

Later in the month we have Kelli Morgan and Xaviera Simmons in conversation, as well as Joy Bivins, Micha Brodnax, and the two founders of the Black Lunch Table, Jina Valentine and Heather Hart.

Our July Chef in Residence for July is chef Jordan Benissan, who will be hosting supper clubs throughout the month. Learn more about our chefs in residence program here.

Artist Dell Marie Hamilton will also join us this month, and we are also pleased to announce the addition of Diedrick Brackens, TK Smith, and Abram Jackson, who will join us for a conversation at the end of the month.

Many voices, many insights and many contributions make up the Lunder Institute for American Art Summer, Think Tank and we are so pleased, proud and excited to share with you.

For more information and to learn more click here.