OBJECTS REDUX: Small-Scale Studio Craft of the 1950s and 1960s

October 20, 2019 - February 2, 2020

The Ruffo and Schumann galleries showcase work made in the decades just prior to OBJECTS: USA. In these spaces are small-scale ceramic, glass, wood, and metal objects from the 1950s and 1960s that reflect the types of works most associated with craft up to that point. Before OBJECTS: USA toured the country in the late 1960s and early 1970s, conversations about craft as art were percolating. However, the type of craft that predominated was functional. While there were artists already pushing the boundaries of what that could mean, the public most likely thought about craft, if they did at all, in terms similar to the vessels, bowls, and “useful” items represented here.

Exhibition Series Notes
Exhibition Series Gallery Guide
A Conversation with Paul W. Smith, Co-Curator of OBJECTS: USA
by Bruce W. Pepich, RAM Executive Director and Curator of Collections

Press Room

Dale Chihuly, Edward Cromey, Eugene Deutch, Richard DeVore, Robert W. Ebendorf, Elsa Bates Freund, Verne J. Funk, Karen Karnes, Maria Martinez, Joel Philip Myers, Gertrud Natzler, Otto Natzler, Harry Nohr, Ronald Hayes Pearson, Susan Harnly Peterson, Dame Lucie Rie, Edwin Scheier, Mary Scheier, William Spratling, Robert Stocksdale, Toshiko Takaezu, James L. Tanner, Mary Tingley, Joan Pearson Watkins, Beatrice Wood, and Claire Zeisler.

Gertrud and Otto Natzler
Bowl, 1947
Glazed earthware
2 ½ x 5 inches diameter
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Devra Breslow
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Ronald Hayes
Ring, ca. 1960
14k-gold and tourmaline
1 ½ x ¾ x 7/8 inches
Racine Art Museum, The Donna Schneier Jewelry Collection
Gift of Donna Schneier and Leonard Goldberg
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Toshiko Takaezu
Double-Spouted Pot, ca. 1955
Glazed stoneware
6 x 9 x 6 ½ inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Marjorie Krelick McNab
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Joan Pearson Watkins
Teapot, ca. 1955
Glazed stoneware
9 x 6 x 4 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of The Joan Pearson Revocable Trust
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

OBJECTS REDUX: Small-Scale Studio Craft of the 1950s and 1960s is made possible by:

Platinum Sponsors

Windgate Foundation

Diamond Sponsors
David Charak
Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation
Ruffo Family Foundation, Inc.

Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
A. C. Buhler Family
Evinrude Outboard Motors
Lucy G. Feller
Dorothy MacVicar
Bronze Sponsors
John Cram and Matt Chambers
Barbara Delaney
Andrea and Tony Hauser
Fredrick and Deborah Ganaway
William A. Guenther
Kirsten and Emily Maki Foundation
The Norbell Foundation
Charles H. Patton and Family in Memory of Joan S. Patton


Janna and Dr. Edward Waldeck
Bill and Mary Walker
Media Sponsors