Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery

Public Opening Reception Friday, February 8, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

All Are Welcome

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

Melanie 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.

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).


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

  • a hands-on activity exploring materials, creativity, and cooperation
  • a close, guided examination of works selected from the Thorne permanent collection
  • Q&A-based active viewing of a current exhibition.

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.

Gallery Hours

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