Spotlight on Empire


This academic year, The Lantern will feature a series of articles related to the spotlight theme of “Empire.” These will accompany a slate of exhibitions and programs at the Colby Museum of Art that provide insight into the histories and present realities of imperialism and colonialism. The Lantern is seeking essays and multimedia projects that examine the ways in which art can reflect imperial values or play a crucial role in dismantling them.

To get started, visit our Guiding Questions page for a series of prompts and a selection of featured images from our collection. Lantern posts typically run between 800–1200 words, and each submission will go through an editing process that takes about two weeks. To learn more about this paid writing opportunity or pitch an article, contact Anne Lunder Leland Curatorial Fellow Siera Hyte

Check back here for the newest entries in the Spotlight on Empire: 
  • Spotlight on Empire: Guiding Questions
    We have selected a group of featured images and assembled a list of prompts to help spark your thinking around our theme of “Empire.” Keep in mind that none of these questions have correct or simple answers, and should be seen simply as a starting point. If you are interested in ...
  • Art of Empire
    Art of Empire
    Anti-racist protests across the globe have precipitated the long overdue removal of many public monuments in recent weeks. For over a decade, the British artist Hew Locke has interrogated Victorian statuary and its imperialistic iconography, offering counter-proposals. When protesters in Bristol, England toppled a statue of Edward Colston, a seventeenth-century ...
  • Sailors’ Souvenirs: Cultural Appropriation Across the Globe
    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 ...
  • Art + Conversation: River Works: Whistler and the Industrial Thames
    Art + Conversation: <em>River Works: Whistler and the Industrial Thames</em>
    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 ...
  • Art + Conversation: Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing
    Art + Conversation: <em>Hew Locke: Here's the Thing</em>
    Sarah Duff, assistant professor of history at Colby College, and Diana Tuite, Katz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, discuss the Queen Victoria figurehead in the Colby Museum collection and British imperialism in relation to the Hew Locke: Here’s The Thing exhibition. Works shown: Anonymous, English, Figurehead of Queen Victoria, 19th century. ...
  • Hew Locke on Here’s the Thing
    Hew Locke on <em>Here's the Thing</em>
    On February 20, 2020, Hew Locke spoke at the Colby College Musuem of Art in connection with the opening of his solo show Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing. His wide-ranging talk touched on his practice and personal mythology, works in the exhibition, and his fascination with the “detritus of history.” Watch ...