Animal Magnetism: Sculpture from RAM's Collection

June 24 - October 21, 2012

Animal Magnetism: Sculpture from RAM's Collection highlights selected artworks from the Racine Art Museum's permanent craft collection that respond to the wonder, mystery, and presence of the natural world by incorporating animals into their artistic explorations as subject, pattern, decoration, and symbol.

Animals have long been utilized as “characters” in cultural stories, myths, and visual imagery. Museums are often full of objects and images that incorporate animals—on the periphery of human-focused stories, as primary characters, as compositional elements in pattern and design, and to provide material elements (e.g. leather, bone, feather, and fish skin). Whether acting as symbols for ideas or human personality types, or representing the animal kingdom more directly, animals play important roles in our social fabric as well as our everyday lives.

Presenting 75 works of clay, glass, polymer, and metal from 57 artists, this exhibition features primarily three-dimensional works that reference or incorporate animals. A companion exhibition at RAM’s Wustum Museum (now through August 25) includes mainly two-dimensional works that use animals as subject matter. Both exhibitions, drawn from RAM’s collection, highlight a diversity of materials and a variety in approaches to one topic.

Exhibition Notes
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Jack Earl
Duck on Waves, 1973
Porcelain with clear glaze
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Michael Tropea, Chicago, IL
Esther Knobel
Immigrants Brooch, 1993
Recycled tin can, nickel silver, elastic band, and stainless steel
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Dale and Doug Anderson
Photography: Michael Tropea, Chicago, IL
Cynthia Toops
Sampler Necklace, 1999
Polymer, glass, and silk thread; glasswork by Dan Adams
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Elise Winters and Sherwood Rudin
Photography: Penina Meisels
Jack Earl
Running Man, c. 1978-1979
White earthenware with china paint
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Michael Tropea, Chicago, IL
Michael Lucero
Chihuahua in a Teacup Teapot (New World Series), 1993
Glazed white earthenware
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Linda Brooks Sullivan
Photography: Michael Tropea, Chicago, IL
Kiff Slemmons
Bird Brooch, c. 2000
Found astrolabe and sterling silver
Racine Art Museum, The Donna Schneier Jewelry Collection, Gift of Donna Schneier and Leonard Goldberg
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine, WI


This exhibition is made possible at Racine Art Museum by: Presenting Sponsors – Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, RAM Society Members, Jay Price Ruffo, S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., Windgate Charitable Foundation; Gold Sponsors – Helen Bader Foundation, Inc., National Endowment for the Arts, Racine United Arts Fund; Silver Sponsors – Elwood Corporation, Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, W.T. Walker Group, Inc., Wisconsin Arts Board, Bronze Sponsors – Clifton Gunderson LLP, CNH America LLC, E.C. Styberg Foundation, Inc., Educators Credit Union, In Sink Erator, The Marjorie L. Christiansen Foundation, The Norbell Foundation, Real Racine, and Runzheimer Foundation