Unpacking Karen Johnson Boyd's Clay Collection at RAM

August 4, 2017 - July 22, 2018

Long-time friend to RAM, Karen Johnson Boyd was an advocate for and collector of art who had  a strong affinity for contemporary American craft. This Windows on Fifth installation pays homage to her role in establishing RAM’s craft collection by featuring colorful, dynamic, large-scale ceramic work that she donated to the museum at various points over the years. With works presented as if being pulled from crates or out of storage, this exhibition offers a playful take on building a collection, honoring a donor, and managing works of art while simultaneously providing a new viewing context for contemporary clay.

MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Exhibition Gallery Guide
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ARTISTS IN THE EXHIBITION
Anthony Bennett, Thom Robert Bohnert, Christina Bothwell, Christie Brown, Christopher Davis-Benavides, Rick Dillingham, Ken Ferguson, Bean Finneran, David Furman, Amara Geffen, Andrea Gill, Sergei Isupov, Emmett Leader, Michael Lucero, Louis Marak, Deborah Masouka, Beverly Mayeri, David Regan, Vanessa L. Smith, Matteo Thun, Xavier Toubes, Peter VandenBerge, Janice Mars Wunderlich

Sergei Isupov
Balanced Moment, 1998
Glazed porcelain
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Beverly Mayeri
Inncer Circle, 1995
Earthenware and acrylic paint
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Bean Finneran
Cone (Light Blue), 2005

Glazed earthenware
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

 

Vanessa L. Smith
Twist and Shout, 2008
Porcelain
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Christie Brown
Delphic Twins, ca. 2000
Earthenware
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
 

This exhibition is made possible by: Platinum Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, 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, Family Foundation, Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild; Media Sponsor - 88NINE Radio Milwaukee.