Go for Baroque: Opulence and Excess in Contemporary Art

May 22 - September 4, 2016

Go for Baroque: Opulence and Excess in Contemporary Art features artists that comment on luxury, artificiality, consumption, ornament, and the line between the beautiful and the grotesque. Whether a wall installation composed of silver reflective woven strips of paper, polymer works that look like banquet centerpieces, or extravagant, colorful jewelry, these artists investigate contemporary cultural, social, and historical ideas.

MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Exhibition Gallery Guide
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ARTISTS IN THE EXHIBITION
Ralph Bacerra, Bennett Bean, Doug Bucci, Tyanna J. Buie, Kate Cusack, Sienna DeGovia, Misty Gamble, Tamara Grüner, Rain Harris, Hanna Hedman, Laurie Hogin, Anya Kivarkis, Kate Kretz, Nine Levy, Jose MarÍn, Märta Mattson, Jennifer Merchant, Jaydan Moore, Deborah Olson, Soohye Park, Jessica Putnam Phillips, Ruth Reese, Lyndsay Rice, Anna Rikkinen, Stephanie Schultz (Silversärk), Melanie Sherman, Leigh Suggs, Linda Threadgill, Lauren Vanessa Tickle, Amelia Toelke, Heather White van Stolk, Elise Winters, Marci Zelmanoff, and Petra Zimmermann.

Melanie Sherman
Stern, 2015

Glazed porcelain, flocking, and gold leaf
26 x 7 x 7 inches
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: E.G. Schempt

Lindsay Rice
Murmuration, 2016

Paper
Approximately 168 x 144 inches
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Elna Dhal

Lyndsay Rice
Murmuration (detail), 2016
Paper
Approximately 168 x 144 inches
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Elna Dahl
Linda Threadgill
Rosette Brooch 36-16, 2016

Copper and brass
4 x 4 x 1 1/2 inches
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: James Threadgill

Kate Cusack
Elizabeth, 2010
Zipper, thread, and metal clasp
11 x 10 x 2 1/2 inches
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Frank Cusack
Misty Gamble
Luxuriant and Decadence, 2012
Found vintage flocked wallpaper, ceramic, acrylic paint, wood, and plastic
Individual size of ceramic objects: 22 x 14 x 14 inches
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: E.G. Schempt
Misty Gamble
Luxuriant (verso on left, recto on right), 2012
22 x 14 x 14 inches
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: E.G. Schempt
 
Go for Baroque: Opulence and Excess in Contemporary Art is made possible at Racine Art Museum by: Platinum Sponsors – Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, SC Johnson, Windgate Charitable Foundation; Diamond Sponsor - Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation; Gold Sponsors – Herzfeld Foundation, Johnson Bank, National Endowment for the Arts, Racine Community Foundation, W. T. Walker Group, Inc.; Silver Sponsors – Real Racine, Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors – Burlington Graphic Systems, Inc., EC Styberg Foundation, Educators Credit Union, In Sink Erator, The Norbell Foundation, Orkney Springs Retreat, Rasmussen Diamonds, Ruud Family Foundation, Inc.