75 at 75: Significant Works from RAM's Collection

September 17 - December 30, 2017

Honoring the 75th anniversary of RAM’s parental museum, the Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, and taking the perspective that the artworks of a museum collection may have many stories to tell beyond what is first visible, this exhibition highlights 75 works from RAM’s collection. How has the museum acquired almost 10,000 works and built the largest collection of contemporary craft in America? What kind of life have these images and objects lived before coming to RAM? Chosen based on the interesting stories they can tell about artists, donors, care and conservation, or acquisition, these works also showcase the growth of a major museum collection over 75 years.

Exhibition Notes
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Berenice Abbott, Hank Murta Adams, Mark Adams, Chris Antemann, Ralph Bacerra, Dorothy Gill Barnes, Garry Knox Bennett, Jamie Bennett, Dawoud Bey, Bonnie Bishoff, Aaron Bohrod, Jaroslava Brychtová, Wendell Castle, John Cederquist, Dale Chihuly, Warrington Colescott, Colette Denton, Lia Cook, Annette Corcoran, Marilyn da Silva, Stuart Davis, Paul Dresang, Kathleen Dustin, Jack Earl, Robert W. Ebendorf, Carol Eckert, Lillian Elliott, David Ellsworth, Arline Fisch, Steven Ford, David Forlano, Michael Glancy, Lisa Gralnick, Ruth Grotenrath, Laurie J. Hall, Philippe Halsman, Walter S. Hamady, William Harper, Caren Heft, David Hockney, Robyn Horn, Sergei Isupov, Mary A. Jackson, Judy Jensen, Jacob Kainen, Ron Kent, Susan E. King, Gyöngy Laky, Ron Layport, Jim Lee, Edmund D. Lewandowski, Stanislav Libenský, Mark Lindquist, Beth Lipman, Frank Lobdell, Ken Loeber, Dona Look, Michael Lucero, Richard Marquis, John McQueen, Mary Merkel-Hess, Bruce Metcalf, Edward Moulthrop, Jay Musler, Frances Myers, Joel Philip Myers, Manuel Neri, Gladys Nilsson, Harold O’Connor, Albert Paley, Earl Pardon, JoAnna Poehlmann, Jackson Pollock, Tom Rauschke, Adrian Saxe, Joyce Scott, Kay Sekimachi, Richard Shaw, Kiff Slemmons, Christina Y. Smith, Therman Statom, Robert Stocksdale, J.M. Syron, Toshiko Takaezu, Ruffino Tamayo, Cynthia Toops, Beth Van Hoesen, Kukuli Velarde, Peter Voulkos, Pier Voulkos, Kara Walker, Lee Weiss, Brett Weston, Kaaren Wiken, John Wilde, David Williamson, Roberta Williamson, Elise Winters, Paul Wonner, Beatrice Wood, Claire Zeisler


Wendell Castle
Desk, 1967

Mahogany, cherry wood, plywood, gesso, and silver leaf
40 x 89 1/2 x 66 inches
Racine Art Museum, SC Johnson in Honor of the 50th Anniversary
of RAM’s Wustum Museum of Fine Arts
Photography: Michael Tropea, Chicago

This piece is an incredibly significant work in RAM’s Collection from
influential artist Wendell Castle. Equally important, this work traveled in the
ground-breaking OBJECTS USA exhibition in the late 1960s-early 1970s.

Elise Winters
Red Ruffle Cascade Neckpiece, 2009

Polymer and acrylic paint
9 1/4 x 5 1/2 x 3 5/8 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Artist and Sherwood Rudin
Photography: Penina Meisels

In 2011, RAM debuted a large gift of works made of polymer with
this striking work made by innovative artist Elise Winters as a centerpiece.

Toshiko Takaezu
Selected Works from the Star Series, 1999 – 2000

Glazed stoneware
14 pieces ranging from 46” to 68” in height
Collection of the Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Artist
Photography: Michael Tropea, Chicago

Toshiba Takaezu’s Star Series is one of the largest and the most
significant work in RAM’s Collection created and gifted by this most
beloved and influential ceramic artist.

John Cederquist
Bluto's Diner, 2005

Wood, epoxy resin, aniline dye, and lithographic ink
70 x 55 1/4 x 20 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of The Estate of Linda Brooks Sullivan
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

This illusionistic cabinet, voted a favorite by RAM visitors,
is part of a series inspired by Japanese kimono. The imagery
is created by pieces of wood cut and put into place like a jigsaw puzzle.

Jack Earl
Raphael Worked Close to Home, 1989

White earthenware and oil paint
32 3/4 x 28 x 20 1/2  inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Dale and Doug Anderson
Photography: Michael Tropea, Chicago

This modern masterpiece by Jack Earl, which is based on historical
Italian portraiture, was one of the first gifts to RAM by collectors Dale and Doug Anderson.

Arline Fisch
Woven Feathers Bracelet, 2009

Sterling silver, macaw feathers, and Egyptian faience beads
4 1/2 x 7 5/8 x 1/4 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Jane R. Gittings in Honor of Irene Purcell Johnson
Photography: Michael Tropea, Chicago

Combining precious and non-traditional materials, this early example from
pioneer metalsmith Arline Fisch is a landmark piece for RAM’s art jewelry collection.


This exhibition is made possible by: Platinum Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, Windgate Charitable Foundation; Diamond Sponsor: 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 of 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; , United Way of Racine County; Media Sponsor - 88NINE Radio Milwaukee.