Magic Mud: Masterworks in Clay from RAM's Collection

February 2 - May 4, 2014

This large-scale group exhibition emphasizes the depth and richness of RAM’s holdings in contemporary sculptural and functional clay. The show premieres an impressive array of ceramic pieces including Toshiko Takaezu’s Star Series that has not been shown in its entirety since it debuted at the museum in 2005.

Exhibition Gallery Guide
Ceramic Terms (pdf)
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Chris Antemann, Cristina Córdova, Rick Dillingham, Stephen Dixon, Eddie Dominguez, Jack Earl, Ken Ferguson, Viola Frey, John Glick, Michael Gross, Chris Gustin, Otto Heino, Randy Johnston, Karen Karnes, James Lovera, Michael Lucero, Warren MacKenzie, Matthew Metz, Otto Natzler and Gertrud Natzler, Jeffrey Oestreich, Mark Pharis, David Regan, Don Reitz, Edwin Scheier and Mary Scheier, Michael Sherrill, Kim Simonsson, Beth Cavener Stichter, Toshiko Takaezu, Matteo Thun, Peter Voulkos, Kurt Weiser, Paula Colton Winokur


Toshiko Takaezu
Nommo, Unas, Nephythys, Po Tolo (Dark Companion), and Isis (Sirius), 1999-2000
From the Star Series
Glazed stoneware
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Artist
Photography: Michael Tropea, Chicago

Cristina Córdova
Tiempo Sin Memoria , 2008
Glazed earthenware
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Warren MacKenzie
Left: Untitled, 1987
Stoneware and cane
Right: Untitled, c. 1980
Stoneware and cane
Racine Art Museum, The Donna Moog Teapot Collection
Photography: Michael Tropea, Chicago
Kurt Weiser
Covered Jar with Female Torso, 1995
Glazed porcelain
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Annette Corcoran
Short Billed Dowitcher, 2006
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Gail M. Brown
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Richard Devore
R 384-1983, 1983
Glazed stoneware
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Viola Frey
Three Figures and the Henry Moore Monkey, 2000
Glazed white earthenware
Racine Art Museum, Gift of David and Jacqueline Charak
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
This exhibition is made possible in part by: Presenting Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd; SC Johnson; Windgate Charitable Foundation; Gold Sponsors – Sam and Gene Johnson Fund; National Endowment for the Arts; Racine United Arts Fund; Silver Sponsors – Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation; W.T. Walker Group, Inc.; Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors – 88NINE Radio Milwaukee; CNH Industrial; Corner House; Craft in America PBS Series; E.C. Styberg Foundation, Inc.; Educators Credit Union; In Sink Erator; Miracle on Canal Street; The Norbell Foundation; Perimeter Gallery, Chicago; Real Racine; Ruud Family Foundation; Carol C. Saunders.