Objects and Objecthood: Material Encounters Across Campus

Curated by Marin R. Sullivan, Assistant Professor of Art History, Art Department


Faculty Participants:

Rosemarie Bernardi, Art

Jo Dery, Film

Rosemary Gianno, Anthropology

Jonathan Gitelson, Art

Randall Hoyt, Art

Paul McMullan, Art

Michael New, English

Rodney Obien, Mason Library

Lynn Richardson, Art

Peter Roos, Art

Emily Robins Sharpe, English

  1. James Stemp, Anthropology

Brian Wallace, Thorne-Sagendorph Gallery


September 10 – October 3, 2015


Opening Reception: Thursday, September 24, 3:30-5:30pm


Keene, NH- The Art Department at Keene State College is pleased to present Objects and Objecthood, the inaugural exhibition of the 2015-16 Academic Year   at the Carroll House Galleries from September 10 – October 3, 2015.


What is an object? Do we define them or do they define us? Perhaps because of the ubiquity, the familiarity, of the material things that that we encounter, hold, and use on a daily basis, the answer to this question seems obvious—and yet the distinguishing features of objecthood remain elusive. This exhibition makes no claim as to the definition of objects and objecthood, but in bringing together faculty from across campus who actively engage with, and are influenced by, objects in their research and creative output, attests to the continued power of objects. Each participant contributed an object or objects as well as a brief text explaining how it shapes their scholarship, presents a definition of the “object,” investigates questions of objecthood, or simply functions as an evocative or personally charged thing.



The Carroll House Gallery at Keene State College is located on Main Street, beside the Alumni Center. Hours: Wed thru Sat 12-5pm. All Carroll House Gallery events are free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible. Directions: http://www.keene.edu/aboutksc/campusmap.cfm


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