North Haven Gallery Exhibit: The Sangers - Artists and Rebels

Fine Art
North Haven Gallery
26 Main Street, North Haven, ME
Alexander Sanger
Jun 29, 2015
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The North Haven Gallery will host “The Sangers –Artists and Rebels”, an exhibition of the paintings of three members of the Sanger family: Margaret, who founded Planned Parenthood, her husband, William, who went to jail for birth control before she did, and their grandson, Alexander, currently Chair of the International Planned Parenthood Council. The exhibition will take place from June 29-July 11, closed Sunday and July 4.

Margaret Sanger took up watercolors after she moved to Tucson, Arizona for her health in the late 1930’s and painted mostly desert scenes. By contrast, her husband, William Sanger, was a professional painter as well as architect, and had one-man shows in the 1910s, 20s and 30s. He made frequent trips up the coast of Maine and the resulting canvases are stormy, dramatic and visceral. Alexander Sanger took up drawing and watercolors after his retirement as President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of New York City in 2000. He paints, like his grandfather, on the Maine coast and also in New York City.

This year is the centennial of William Sanger’s arrest and imprisonment for birth control. In early 1915, with his wife in exile in Europe, he was entrapped by an undercover police officer sent by Anthony Comstock into handing out one of his wife’s birth control pamphlets in violation of the Comstock Laws. His trial in September 1915 was a cause célèbre.  William challenged Comstock to his face, stating that, “it is the law, and not I, that is on trial here today.” He spent 30 days in the Tombs.