Making America: Conversations on Creative Work + Freedom of Expression

People in Koret Auditorium at de Young museum

Koret Auditorium, San Francisco, 2023. Photograph by Gary Sexton. Image courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

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Examine the state of American art through the lens of radical imagining and collective care. The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, in collaboration with the Colby College Museum of Art’s Lunder Institute for American Art, present an afternoon of discussion featuring artists, curators, and interpretation specialists. Together, we will explore the responsibility of art workers in the face of censorship, the aftermath of the reversal of affirmative action, and ongoing assaults on education and freedom of expression. Moving beyond the buzzwords of diversity, equity, access, and inclusion, these discussions will challenge both speakers and visitors to reassess the possibilities of creative work in shaping American life and discourse. 


About Lunder Institute @

Lunder Institute @, an initiative of the Colby College Museum of Art’s Lunder Institute for American Art, invites thought leaders at the nation’s most prominent art institutions to engage publicly with a single question: What is the state of American art? These convenings promote discourse leading toward innovation, new areas of exploration, and possible answers to questions around what American art is and what impacts its production, scholarship, and research.

About the Lunder Institute for American Art

A collaborative initiative of the Colby College Museum of Art, located in central Maine, the Lunder Institute for American Art supports innovative research and creative production that expands the boundaries of American art. The Lunder Institute invites visiting artists, scholars, and museum professionals to engage across disciplines with Colby faculty and students, the College’s network of institutional partners, leading experts, and other creative collaborators. Through fellowships, workshops, symposia, and incubator grants, the Lunder Institute amplifies marginalized voices, challenges convention, and provides a platform for generative dialogue through art and scholarship.

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Free. Seating is limited and unassigned. Tickets for the discussions are distributed at 10:30 am in front of the Koret Auditorium, first come, first served. This does not include admission to the museum. 

Talks also available livestream.


Lunder Institute @ the de Young museum is made possible through the support and partnership of the Lunder Institute for American Art, the Colby College Museum of Art.

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