Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery

Robert S. Neuman: Impulse and Discipline

September 22-December 6

Robert S. Neuman, A Wall of Twigs Can Build a Song, 1967, oil on linen; courtesy Sunne Savage

A major scholarly exhibition examining the influences on and the significance of the work of American artist and Keene State College professor emeritus Robert S. Neuman. Major works from private and public collections, including the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Hood Museum at Dartmouth, will be included in this 50-work critical survey of a career that spanned the entire second half of the twentieth century.

A catalogue accompanying the exhibition, with four essays, over 60 images, and extensive biographical information can be purchased for $45 at the gallery.

Education and group tours are available; please contact the gallery with questions or to reserve a time.

Robert S. Neuman: Impulse and Discipline Events

Sep

22

Opening reception for Robert S. Neuman: Impulse and Discipline

Public opening reception with refreshments and live music by the Scott Mullett Trio.

5–7 p.m.

Oct

13

Robert S. Neuman: Artist as Teacher; Teacher as Artist

An informal discussion for artists, educators, students, and families about Neuman as teacher and mentor, by a group of Neuman’s former students from Keene State College, Harvard’s Carpenter Center, and Brown University – and about balancing the life of an artist with the life of an educator. Moderated by Craig Stockwell, Keene artist and New Hampshire Institute of the Arts program head; reception precedes the discussion.

Location: Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery Conference Room

6:30–8 p.m.

Nov

4

Robert S. Neuman and Post-war Art

Guest curator Joseph Ketner, art historian Lisa Crossman, and essayist and critic Carl Little (all of whom wrote for the catalogue) discuss the artistic and intellectual path that took Robert Neuman from Montana to California, from New York to Germany, and from Spain to New Hampshire, Boston, and Maine. The speakers will happily sign copies of the exhibition catalogue. Moderated by Thorne director Brian Wallace; reception follows the conversation.

Location: Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery Conference Room

6:30–8 p.m.


Abstracted/Obscured: de Kooning, Dombek, Hillsmith

September 22 – October 8

Installation view of Abstracted/Obscured: de Kooning, Dombek, Hillsmith; with works by Blanche Dombek (left) and Fannie Hillsmith (right).

Painting, sculpture, and work on paper from the Thorne collection and others organized by Keene State College curatorial practice students. The exhibition showcases strong works by important artists and probes the impact gender has had – and continues to have – on artists’ works and careers.


Unboxing Bob: A study of artist Robert S. Neuman through objects, images, and ideas

October 13-December 6

A companion to the adjacent Neuman Impulse and Discipline exhibition, Unboxing Bob presents information and materials about the artist’s life and work. Studio tools and supplies, photographs, printed documents and correspondence, mementos, artworks: a diverse array of materials is organized for curious viewers who knew this artist well and for people who are just becoming interested in modern and contemporary art. that spanned the entire second half of the twentieth century.


Behind These Walls: Highlights from the Collection

Posters of selected Thorne collection works organized by Cheshire Academy of Lifetime Learning (CALL) students; the selections represent a range of art styles and media and support discussions about abstract and representational art, color, line, and form, and global/local connections.


ColorCycle

A Project by Artist-in-Residence Katharina Rooney

Ongoing

Developed by Katharina Rooney in collaboration with hundreds of members of the campus and regional community during fall 2016, ColorCycle, comprising thousands of recycled compact disk cases and a wide array of repurposed materials, is now installed across the upper windows in the Thorne lobby.

Katharina Rooney, ColorCycle, 2016-17, recycled CD cases and recycled plastics and papers, Plexiglas, adhesives; courtesy the artist

Fall Events

Sep

22

Opening reception for Robert S. Neuman: Impulse and Discipline

Public opening reception with refreshments and live music by the Scott Mullett Trio.

5–7 p.m.

Oct

13

Robert S. Neuman: Artist as Teacher; Teacher as Artist

An informal discussion for artists, educators, students, and families about Neuman as teacher and mentor, by a group of Neuman’s former students from Keene State College, Harvard’s Carpenter Center, and Brown University – and about balancing the life of an artist with the life of an educator. Moderated by Craig Stockwell, Keene artist and New Hampshire Institute of the Arts program head; reception precedes the discussion.

Location: Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery Conference Room

6:30–8 p.m.

Nov

4

Robert S. Neuman and Post-war Art

Guest curator Joseph Ketner, art historian Lisa Crossman, and essayist and critic Carl Little (all of whom wrote for the catalogue) discuss the artistic and intellectual path that took Robert Neuman from Montana to California, from New York to Germany, and from Spain to New Hampshire, Boston, and Maine. The speakers will happily sign copies of the exhibition catalogue. Moderated by Thorne director Brian Wallace; reception follows the conversation.

Location: Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery Conference Room

6:30–8 p.m.


Education Programs

The Thorne’s museum education program is currently scheduling tours for school and other groups. These tours include

Programs and events supported by New England Foundation for the Arts, Robert P. Hubbard Family Trust, Redfern Arts Center, Horatio Colony Museum & Nature Center, and Keene State College.

About the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery

For over 50 years, the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery at Keene State College has been a gathering place for artists, students, patrons, educators, scholars, and friends. The gallery has hosted excellent exhibitions of work by local, national, and international artists and designers, originated a broad range of innovative education and public programs, and fostered diverse connections across disciplines, communities, and generations.

All exhibits, receptions, and programs are free and open to the public.

Gallery Hours

Sept - May
  • Saturday-Wednesday:
  • Noon-5:00pm
  • Thursday-Friday:
  • Noon-7:00pm