The Box Project: Uncommon Threads

May 21 - August 27, 2017

Organized by the Cotsen Foundation for Academic Research (CFAR) with RAM, this traveling exhibition presents works commissioned by Lloyd Cotsen between 2004 and 2013 together with 22 large-scale fiber art pieces on loan.

Combining the box project commissions—all works that fit within a 14 x 14 or 14 x 23 inch box—and large-scale works with interviews, material samples, maquettes, correspondence, and concept sketches, the exhibition offers insight about the artists and their processes. It showcases their exploration of material and concept, their willingness to push the definitions of fiber, and the dynamics of the collector/artist relationship.

MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
A related hardcover book titled The Box Project: Works from the Lloyd
Cotsen Collection
is available now in the RAM Museum Store
RAM Remembers Lloyd Cotsen
Exhibition Glossary
Press Room

EXHIBITION EVENTS
MEMBERS MATTER Special Tour and Reception Event
with RAM Executive Director and Curator of Collections Bruce W. Pepich
Thursday, July 27
5:30 - 8:00 pm, Tour at 6:30 pm
$20 admission, RAM members free

ARTISTS IN THE EXHIBITION
Masae Bamba, Jim Bassler, Mary Bero, Zane Berzina, N. Dash, Virginia Davis, Carson Fox, Shigeki Fukumoto, John Garrett, Ana Lisa Hedstrom, Helena Hernmarck, Agneta Hobin, Pat Hodson, Kiyomi Iwata, Gere Kavanaugh, Ai Kijima, Hideaki Kizaki, Lewis Knauss, Gerhardt Knodel, Naomi Kobayashi, Nancy Koenigsberg, Gyöngy Laky, Jun Mitsuhashi, Paola Moreno, Barbara Murak, Kyoko Nitta, Heidrun Schimmel, Cynthia Schira, Hisako Sekijima, Carol Shinn, Sherri Smith, Aune Taamal, Hadi Tabatabai, Koji Takaki, Richard Tuttle, Peter Weber

Naomi Kobayashi
Cosmos, 2005

Gampi paper, sumi ink, and paper thread
15 x 15 1/4 x 2 7/8 inches
Cotsen Collection
Photography: Bruce M. White © Lloyd Cotsen, 2016

Naomi Kobayashi
Cosmos (detail), 2005

Gampi paper, sumi ink, and paper thread
15 x 15 1/4 x 2 7/8 inches
Cotsen Collection
Photography: Bruce M. White © Lloyd Cotsen, 2016

Paola Moreno
Untitled, 2004
Dyed linen and silk thread
13 3/4 x 13 1/2 x 2 7/8 inches
Cotsen Collection
Photography: Bruce M. White © Lloyd Cotsen, 2016

Paola Moreno
Untitled (detail), 2004
Dyed linen and silk thread
13 3/4 x 13 1/2 x 2 7/8 inches
 Cotsen Collection
Photography: Bruce M. White © Lloyd Cotsen, 2016

Mary Bero
Compendium, 2012-2013
Wood, cotton, linen cord, paper, silk thread, cotton thread
found spools, metal wire, pins, embroidery floss, and acrylic paint
13 1/8 x 11 11/16 x 1 inches
Cotsen Collection
Photography: Bruce M. White © Lloyd Cotsen, 2016

Mary Bero
Compendium (detail), 2012-2013
Wood, cotton, linen cord, paper, silk thread, cotton thread
found spools, metal wire, pins, embroidery floss, and acrylic paint
13 1/8 x 11 11/16 x 1 inches
Cotsen Collection
Photography: Bruce M. White © Lloyd Cotsen, 2016

Hisako Sekijima
Spaces and Lines, 2005
Walnut tree bark
13 x 13 1/2 x 2 inches
Cotsen Collection
Photography: Bruce M. White © Lloyd Cotsen, 2016

Gere Kavanaugh
Untitled, 2010
Paper, graphite, found spools, thread,
thimbles, bobbin, fabric, and straight pins
2 1/2 x 50 3/16 x 15 5/16 inches
Cotsen Collection
Photography: Bruce M. White © Lloyd Cotsen, 2016

Gyöngy Laky
This Way and That, 2013
Manzanita wood, acrylic paint, and screws
2 x 6 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches
Cotsen Collection
Photo by Bruce M. White © Lloyd Cotsen, 2016

 

This exhibition is made possible by: Platinum Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, Cotsen Foundation for Academic Research, Windgate Charitable Foundation; Diamond Sponsors: Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation; Gold Sponsors - Herzfeld Foundation, Johnson Bank, National Endowment for the Arts, W. T. Walker Group, Inc.; Silver Sponsors - Andis Foundation, Racine Community Foundation, Real Racine, Runzheimer International Ltd., United Way Racine County, Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors - CNH Industrial, EC Styberg Foundation, Educators Credit Union, In Sink Erator, The Norbell Foundation, Orkney Springs Retreat, Ruud Family Foundation, Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild; Media Sponsors - 88NINE Radio Milwaukee, Wisconsin Public Radio.