OBJECTS REDUX: Studio Craft in Context, 1960-1985

October 20, 2019 - February 2, 2020

Regardless of the materials, they choose to use, artists respond to—or in other ways reflect—the world around them. In the retrospective light of history, works can sometimes be read as “of the time” they were made—not just because of the particular artist that made them but also because of aesthetic or material choices. This exhibition plays to that idea and places studio craft in the context of two-dimensional paintings and works on paper made between 1960 and 1985. It provides a theoretical structure for understanding the larger social and cultural environment that helped to shape the content and form of the work.

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

Deborah Aguado, Neda Al-Hilali, Bennett Bean, Helen Bitar, Richard Black, Joyce Crain, Randall Darwall, Dominic L. Di Mare, Stephen Dee Edwards, Arline Fisch, George Frederiksen, John Glick, Martha Glowacki, Lisa Gralnick, Ruth Grotenrath, Ann Hamilton, Ana Lisa Hedstrom, Sheila Hicks, Wayne Donald Higby, Michael Higgins, Joseph Hlavacek, Bruno LaVerdière, Jacob B. Lewis, Marlene Lipinski, Jim Monson, Lee Barnes Peck, Marva Pitchford-Jolly, Svetozar Radakovich, Don Reitz, Jon Eric Riis, Richard Ritter, Ed Rossbach, Arthur Secunda, Tommy Simpson, Marko Spalatin, Jean Stamsta, John Stephenson, Robert Stocksdale, Lenore Tawney, Virginia Tiffany, David Tisdale, Dorothy Torivio, Beth Van Hoesen, Angela Verdon, Peter Voulkos, Edward Wiener, Frans Wildenhain, Karl Wirsum, Paul Wonner, and Beatrice Wood.

Lee Barnes Peck
Cocktail Ring, ca. 1970
14k-gold and cultured pearls
1 1/8 x 1 ¼ x 1 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Family and Friends in
Memory of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Ed Rossbach
Basket, 1969
Twigs, nylon twine, plastic wire, and neoprene tubing
9 ½ x 10 ½ x 8 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Jean Stamsta
Shadow on the Land, 1980

Dyed wool and cotton
81 x 83 x 1 ½ inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Artist and
the Kohler Foundation, Inc.
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Virginia Tiffany
Swamp Tree, 1979

Fabric, burlap, and wool yarn
24 x 30 inches
Racine Art Museum, Roger and Suzanne Chernik
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Beth Van Hoesen
Steve, 1972

Color aquatint, etching, and drypoint, Bon-a-tirer
7 7/8 x 7 3/16 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the E. Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen Adams Trust
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine


OBJECTS REDUX: Studio Craft in Context, 1960–1985 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