Beasts: Wild Animals in RAM's Collection

February 18 - June 10, 2018

The multi-media exhibition, Beasts: Wild Animals in RAM’s Collection, takes a look at animals removed from daily life for most—creatures that are wild, dangerous, large, or less familiar. The lives of animals and humans are interwoven in many ways. The natural world, in all its variety, has long been a favorite topic for artists who marvel at its complexity, diversity, and beauty. They may also use it as a way to explore larger issues about the environment, humanity, society, or culture. The artists whose works are featured in this exhibition are drawn to depicting animals that are, perhaps, a little more removed from the daily lives of most—those that might be considered “beasts.”

The ceramic sculptures, fiber works, paintings, photographs, and prints that are included in Beasts are all drawn from RAM’s  collection. Whether beasts are the primary focus of the work or characters involved in a broader story, their presence reflects the consistent human desire to make sense of the larger world.

Exhibition Notes
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Nancy Y. Adams, Stanley Abstetar, Eric Avery, Chris Berti, Frank Boyden, Nancy Elkholm Burkert, Beth Cavener, Sue Coe, Warrington Colescott, Linda Cordell, Eugene Deutch, Dimitriev (Kholui Studios), Carol Eckert, Gayle Fichtinger, Edward Gorey, Peter Gourfain, Laurie Hogin, Edgar Imler, Sergei Isupov, Charles Johnson, Dafna Kaffeman, Ron Meyers, Cynthia A. Osborne, Tod Pardon, Joseph Piccillo, Lindsay Pichaske, Tom Rauschke, Ed Rossbach, Adrian Saxe, Scott Schoenherr, Esther Shimazu, Robert Silverman, Chuzo Tamotzu, Susan Thayer, Tom Uttech, Beth Van Hoesen, Jason Walker, Waswo X. Waswo, Kaaren Wiken, Anne Wilson

Laurie Hogin
Peaceable Kingdom, 1997
Oil on panel
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Gerald and Barbara Weiner
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine, WI
Sergei Isupov
Monkey, 2000
Siligraph and vitreograph, edition 19/30
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Ferrin Contemporary
Gallery, North Adams, Massachusetts
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine, WI
Beth Van Hoesen
Maharani, 1998
Hand-colored aquatint, etching, drypoint, watercolor, Artist’s Proof, edition V/V
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the E. Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen Adams Trust
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine, WI
Lindsay Pichaske
The Jackal, 2013
Earthenware and hand-dyed found chicken feathers
Racine Art Museum, Gift of David and Jacqueline Charak
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine, WI

Beasts: Wild Animals in RAM’s Collection is made possible by: Platinum Sponsor - 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, Runzheimer International Ltd., Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors - Burlington Graphic Systems, Inc., CNH Industrial, EC Styberg Foundation, Educators Credit Union, Knight Barry Title, Inc., The Norbell Foundation, Orkney Springs Retreat, Real Racine, Ruud Family Foundation, United Way
of Racine County; Media Sponsor - 88NINE Radio Milwaukee