Time for Tea: Contemporary Ceramic Teapots from the Racine Art Museum's Collection

March 12 - September 3, 2015

A stunning exhibition of contemporary artist-made teapots from RAM's collection is open at the Art Court in the Dane County Regional Airport located in Madison, Wisconsin. Curated by RAM Curator of Exhibitions, Lena Vigna, this exhibition showcases 40 teapots that are shining examples of a modern take on tradition. They reflect a general interest in analyzing the past and a particular interest in exploring the idea of form and function.

Interested in the past but also looking to investigate and innovate, contemporary artists sometimes use the teapot form specifically because it is both easily understood and ripe for experimentation. By drawing on a familiar type of object, they can connect with others fairly easily—even if they ultimately upend expectations or specific notions about how a teapot should look or what it does. While it would be a challenge to list all avenues of investigation, there are a few areas that are exemplified in RAM’s collection and this exhibition.

In 1999, collector Donna Moog offered RAM a gift of over 250 teapots. The impact of the Moog collection cannot be understated as it offered a large body of work with diverse artists and styles represented. Since this gift, RAM has added over 100 teapots from various other donors including Doug and Dale Anderson, Karen Johnson Boyd, Gail M. and Robert A. Brown, David Charak, and Iris and Jay Leonard with the Kohler Foundation, thereby establishing one of the largest public collections of contemporary artist-made teapots in the United States.

MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Exhibition Brochure
Press Room
 

ARTISTS IN THE EXHIBITION
Ralph Bacerra, Clayton Bailey, Jerry Berta, Martin and Judy Bibby, Marek Cecula, Michael Cohen, Annette Corcoran, Philip Cornelius, Paul Dresang, Jack Earl, Raymon Elozua, Ken Ferguson, Patrick Horsley, Sergei Isupov, Randy Johnston, Karen Karnes, Leslie B. Lee, Ah Leon, Michael Lucero, Warren MacKenzie, Louis Marak, Matt Nolan Richard Notkin, Jeff Oestreich, Mark Pharis, David Regan, Mary Roehm, Red Weldon Sandlin, Adrian Saxe, Bonnie Seeman, Yoko Sekino-Bové, Mark Shapiro, Richard Shaw, Michael Sherrill, Joan Takayama-Ogawa, Irvin Tepper, George Walker, Jason Walker, Kurt Weiser, Beatrice Wood

Martin and Judy Bibby
Bellhop Teapot, ca. 1985
Whiteware with glazes and lustres
Racine Art Museum, The Donna Moog Teapot Collection
Photography: Michael Tropea, Chicago
Photography: Anthony Cuñha
Michael Sherrill
Queen of Hearts, ca. 1990
Stoneware with glazes and lustres
Racine Art Museum, The Donna Moog Collection
Photography: Michael Tropea, Chicago
Karen Karnes
Teapot, 1989
Glazed stoneware
Racine Art Museum, The Donna Moog Teapot Collection
Photography: Michael Tropea, Chicago
Ah Leon (Ching-Liang Chen)
Trunk Teapot with Bent Branch No. 749, 1994
Earthenware
Racine Art Museum, Gift of David and Jacqueline Charak
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Michael Lucero
Teapot Form with Ribbon in Hair
(Reclamation Series)
, 1995
Glazed white earthenware, found wood object, ribbon, and horsehair

Racine Art Museum, Gift of David and Jacqueline Charak
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

 
This exhibition is made possible in part by RAM Platinum Sponsors: Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, SC Johnson, Windgate Charitable Foundation.
 
Tandem Press coordinates the exhibits at the Dane County Regional Airport. Tandem Press, a self supporting entity, is affiliated to the Department of Art in the School of Education at the UW–Madison. It shares the University mission by teaching, undertaking research into new and old printmaking techniques, and by conducting outreach programs to help educate the public about art in general, and printmaking in particular.