Metals

RAM's metal collection focuses on American studio jewelry, rather than holloware and architectural metal work. They document the major movements of American studio jewelry ranging from a concern with semi-precious material, to more sculptural forms that challenge the relationship between art and the body and finally today's preoccupation with the narrative and the figure.

Arline Fisch
Woven Feathers Bracelet, 1970
Sterling silver, Macaw feathers, and Egyptian faience beads
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Jane R. Gittings
in Memory of Irene Purcell Johnson
Photography: Michael Tropea, Chicago
Bill Reid
Piper at the Gates, 2011
Painted steel
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Artist
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Harold O'Connor
Harp, 1994
Sterling silver, 18k and 24k-Gold, Spectrolite, and cable
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Laurie Walters
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Dennis Nahabetian
Basket, 2002
Copper and paint
Racine Art Museum, The Cotsen Contemporary
American Basket Collection
Photography: Michael Tropea, Chicago
Rachelle Thiewes
Shimmer, 2001
18k-palladium white gold and sterling silver
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Rachelle Thiewes
in Memory of George and Cy Thiewes
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
William Harper
Albino III, 1979
14k and 24k-Gold, Cloisonne Enamel, Pearl, Sterling Silver, and Quartz
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine