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Keene State College Hosts Panel on Art and Violence

KEENE, N.H., 4/12/07 - Keene State College will host a panel on art and violence on Thursday, April 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery. The panel will address aesthetic, moral, and legal issues surrounding the public display of artwork that deals with issues of violence.

Last December, KSC senior Erin Bonneau’s 12-foot, black-wire sculpture of a bound woman hanging from a welded steel gallows appeared without an accompanying statement in front of the library. Many in the campus community were dismayed and outraged, and the sculpture was taken down in less than a day.

Since then, people on campus have discussed issues of race, violence, censorship and art, and the legalities of public art. This panel on art and violence is a continuation of the campus discussion. Invited panelists include:

Adrian W. Randolph Ph.D., Leon Professor of Art History, Dartmouth College. Dr. Randolph recently curated an exhibition on art and violence at Dartmouth College. He will discuss his research of images of violence during the Renaissance as well as his curatorial experience.

Traci Molloy, practicing New York City artist and educator at the Studio Museum of Harlem, will introduce her own studio and exhibition work, which deals with issues of violence against children.

Robin Christopherson, director of the Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention in Keene, New Hampshire, will present current information about the incidence of violence toward women and activities at work to impact those statistics.

William Chapman, lawyer with the law firm Orr and Reno in Concord, New Hampshire. Mr. Chapman will present issues, appropriate to the discussion of public art, from the historical and contemporary interpretation of constitutional law.

Maureen Ahern, director of the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, will present a brief overview of public art, its intentions, expectations, and considerations.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 603-358-2040.

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