A Whole Other World: Sub-Culture Craft

May 24 - September 6, 2015

Artists Inspired by Doctor Who, Star Wars, Steampunk, and Superheroes

This summer, Racine Art Museum (RAM) explores the intersection of art with cultural subjects that inspire devoted “fan” followings. A Whole Other World: Sub-Culture Craft specifically addresses the science fiction and fantasy-based themes of Doctor Who, Star Wars, superheroes, and steampunk.

Focusing on work directly inspired by these themes, or by the winding of these kinds of topics in-and-out of popular culture, A Whole Other World features a variety of objects and images, from quilts to prints to sculpture.

Gallery Guide (outside) (inside) pdf
Exhibition Notes
Press Room

RAM is encouraging visitors to come dressed in character (cosplay) during the exhibition to receive free museum admission. 

Photo Ops: Take a selfie with Captain America, Chewbacca or Doctor Who's TARDIS. **

** The Chewbacca and Dr. Who's TARDIS will be sold by sealed bid. The bidding starts at 10:00 am - 9:00 pm during Free First Friday on September 4, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm on Saturday, and Noon - 5:00 pm on Sunday. Bidding ends on Sunday, September 6 at 5:00 pm. The highest bidders will be notified on Tuesday, September 8, and arrangements will be made for you to pick up your piece.

RAMasquerade: Steampunk Style
Saturday, October 17
RAM's Annual Fundraising Event
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Ai Kijima
Mighty Madness, 2011

Fused and machine quilted fibers
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Courtesy of the Artist

Ed Kidera IV
Rocket Pack #6, 2012

Steel, brass, chrome, leather, and glass
58 x 18 x 18 inches
Photography: Courtesy of the Artist

Cheong-ah Hwang
Captain America, 2010

16 x 12 inches
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Courtesy of the Artist

Kristy Daum
The Tenth, 2013

Cotton and polyester thread
96 x 68 inches
Photography: Courtesy of the Artist

Creek Van Houten (Compass Rose Jewelry)
Steampunk Capelet, 2014

Antique mechanical watches and brass
10 x 12 inches
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Kingmond Young

Marcia Docter
Sum Sum Sunt Subaqua, Subaqua Maledizre Temptant
/Even Though They Were Underwater They Still Spoke Evil
, 1996
Dyed linen, glass beads, and cotton and metallic thread
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Marcia and Alan Docter
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Kate Atherley, Zac Benedict, Creek Van Houten (Compass Rose Jewelry), Kristy Daum, Marcia Docter, Magnus Effing, Julie Flaherty, James Haggerty, Patricia Hall, Cheong-ah Hwang, Ed Kidera IV, Ai Kijima, Carl Klinger, Jamie Kratz-Gullickson, Gary Leonard, Aled Lewis, Timothy Murphy, Mark Newport, Thomas E. Richner, Sean Starwars, Silversärk, Katie Temple, Charles Tritt and Julianne Hunter, and Timothy Westbrook


[i] Defining what hobbyist means in contemporary craft is not easy and, indeed, some may object to its use at all. A hobbyist may be trained and some may be selling their work – such as many associated with the selling site for handmade and vintage goods, Etsy.com. For this particular exhibition, the hobbyists are those that are not normally operating in or for a gallery or exhibition setting. They are not making work with the end result of showing in an exhibition or becoming part of an institution’s collection.

A Whole Other World: Sub-Culture Craft is made possible at the Racine Art Museum by: Platinum Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, SC Johnson, Windgate Charitable Foundation; Gold Sponsors - Herzfeld Foundation, Johnson Bank, Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, Racine Community Foundation, W. T. Walker Group, Inc.; Silver Sponsors - Helen Bader Foundation, Racine County, Racine United Arts Fund, Runzheimer Foundation, Inc., Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors - CNH Industrial, EC Styberg Foundation, Educators Credit Union, The Garvey Group, In Sink Erator, Modine Manufacturing Foundation, The Norbell Foundation, Orkney Springs Retreat, Polyform Products, Inc., Real Racine, Wisconsin Public Radio.