Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery

Public Lecture by Ann Braude Thursday, March 7, 4:30 pm

Public Opening Reception for Marcelo Brodsky Wednesday, March 20, 4:00 pm

Body Politic: Melanie Baker, Daniel Bejar, Daniel Heyman, Jane Irish, Jayson Musson, John Willis

UMelanie Baker, Untitled (can I be him) a.k.a. Neil Gorsuch, 2017, charcoal and pastel, courtesy the artist and Cristin Tierney Gallery.
John Willis, Veterans’ Action on Backwater Bridge in Defense of Water Protectors #2, from the portfolio Mni Wiconi, Honoring the Water Protectors, 2016, archival pigment print, courtesy the artist.

This exhibition gathers work by six contemporary artists who use representations of the body (their own and those of others) to investigate and express varied aspects of politics as lived experience.

These artists deploy site-specific installation, pastel on paper, oil on canvas, photography/text, lithography, assemblage, and digital media to explore war, trauma, and contested visual histories, as well as electoral politics and the politics of art, the establishment and maintenance of cultural narratives, and the ecological and economic dimensions of work, labor, and the creative process.

Mark Hogancamp: Women of Marwencol and Other Possible Histories

Untitled, from Women of Marwencol, digital image (courtesy 1 Mile Gallery and the artist).

Photographs and photo-series by an upstate New York artist who, as a mode of recovery from a violent assault and as an art practice, customizes and arranges 1/6 scale figures in miniature settings of his own design to tell an ongoing, looping, personal, epic story of conflict, loyalty, love, loss, and stockings.

Hogancamp’s works address fundamental dynamics of narrative, fantasy, and fiction; the visual/formal elements of staging, composition, and point of view; and the personal, political, and iconographical aspects of war, gender, and empire.

Marcelo Brodsky: 1968: The Fire Of Ideas and Selected Works

March 20 – June 23 2019

Marcelo Brodsky, Bogotá, 1968, 2015, pastel on archival inkjet print, courtesy the artist and Henrique Faria Fine Art, New York

This exhibition surveys fifty years of work by 2019 James D. Ewing World Affairs Lecturer Marcelo Brodsky, the Argentinian-born photographer, conceptual artist, and activist who was forced into exile after a violent 1976 coup in Argentina. The Thorne exhibition includes early, pre-exile works, a large, mid-career work embodying the artist’s engagement with human rights, I Pray With My Feet, and works from his current project, 1968: The Fire Of Ideas, a visual rumination on history, memory, politics, and art.

`Brodsky’s work addresses a wide range of issues, including political exile and collective memory in Argentina and globally, the role and function of museums, archives, and other cultural institutions, and the ongoing struggle for human rights internationally. Brodsky’s works are in the permanent collections of institutions including Tate, London, University of Essex, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Pinacoteca do Estato, Sao Paolo, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Princeton University Art Museum, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

cLIck\CliQue: A Warhol Experience

Installation view (detail), A Warhol Experience (courtesy Al Karevy Photography).

Andy Warhol was an obsessive photographer, a driven artist, a compulsive diarist, and an iconic yet deeply private cultural figure. Designed by Cheshire Academy of Lifetime Learning (CALL) students and curator Shari Osborn, this exhibition of over 160 Warhol silkscreens and photographs offers visitors a window into the complex world of Warhol and his many associates in a “Silver Factory” installation that brings to life the Warhols in the Thorne collection. Come for the experience…


“Impulse and Discipline, Sixty Years of Painting by Robert S. Neuman 1950-2010,” the Thorne’s lavishly illustrated 120-page catalogue documenting the Thorne’s recent Neuman exhibition, with four essays and extensive biographical information, is available for purchase ($45 plus shipping).




What’s Hiding in the Archives? Jocelyn Brodie, Lewis Mumford, and the Thorne Art Gallery

Dr. Ann Braude explores the voluminous correspondence between Brodie, the first director of the Thorne Art Gallery, and Mumford, the eminent public intellectual, while Brodie was conceiving the Thorne’s first exhibitions in the 1970s.

Ann Braude is Director of the Women’s Studies in Religion Program and Senior Lecturer on American Religious History at Harvard Divinity School.

Reception and conversation to follow

Location: Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery Conference Room

4:30 p.m.



Community-wide reception for Marcelo Brodsky: 1968: The Fire of Ideas and Selected Works

Location: Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery

4-6 p.m.



James D. Ewing World Affairs Lecture with Marcelo Brodsky: Memory Works

The Marcelo Brodsky exhibition reception is a prelude to the artist’s Ewing World Affairs Lecture: “Activating history, bringing images to life within complex visual narratives, is a central aspect of my artwork. Language is changing, and photography is a leading medium in this change: Memory works.”

Location: L. P. Young Student Center at Keene State College

6:30 p.m.


A video installation work by Artist-in-Residence Denise Dumas


Artist Denise Dumas is working on a site-specific artwork exploring different degrees of separation. Minimalist and silent in the daylight, the artwork becomes animated at night as a video projection fills the volume with agitated sea waves. Synchronized at first, the visual divide grows while a soundtrack suggests unrest and danger.


A Project by Artist-in-Residence Katharina Rooney


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

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 the Robert P. Hubbard Family Trust and by Keene State College’s School of Arts and Humanities and Division of Continuing Education and Extended Studies. The Thorne acknowledges the generous support of Indian King Framery, 303 Gallery, and Stephen Shore.

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.

Regular Gallery Hours Resume January 23

Gallery open by appointment only during Keene State College break March 9-17.

  • Wednesday-Thursday:
  • Noon-7:00pm
  • Friday-Sunday:
  • Noon-5:00pm