Join the Lunder Institute @ the MFA


Join the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Colby College Museum of Art’s Lunder Institute for American Art on Thursday, on Thursday, May 23, for New Discourses for Folk and Self-Taught Art, the fifth of six Lunder Institute @ programs to be held at museums around the country. This symposium will promote discourses around new understandings and reception of folk and self-taught art for the twenty-first century.

This symposium will bring together leading art experts to explore new definitions for folk and self-taught art in the 21st century and how the equitable integration of art into museums promotes cultural competency by deepening appreciation for art and people from diverse backgrounds.


Dr. Gabrielle A. Berlinger, folklorist and associate professor of American Studies and Folklore, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Kinshasha Holman Conwill, deputy director emerita, Smithsonian National Museum of American History and Culture

Jori Finkel, New York Times writer and American art critic

Lonnie B. Holley, American artist

Moderated by Michael J. Bramwell, Joyce Linde Curator of Folk and Self-taught Art

Reserve your free tickets here

This program is part of Lunder Institute@, co-presented by the Lunder Institute for American Art, an initiative of the Colby Museum of Art. Lunder Institute@ brings together artists and leaders of prominent American art museums to look critically at American art, its history, its future, and its evolution, and to engage publicly with a single question: What is the state of American art?

IMAGE: Sam Doyle, Jackie Robinson (detail), about 1983. Paint on found, weathered, corrugated roofing tin. M. Theresa B. Hopkins Fund, Harry Wallace Anderson Fund, and Robert Jordan Fund.