Open Storage: RAM Showcases Artists' Book Archives

February 16 - June 7, 2020

Historically, collection-building for museums has gone on behind-the-scenes. In the last decade, more institutions have offered transparency regarding how collections are developed, stored, and conserved. Open Storage offers a series of exhibitions that clarify this process by drawing attention to some of RAM’s particular strengths—collecting the work of artists in-depth and establishing archives that further document their working processes and careers. While RAM frequently talks about the importance of gifts from donors' estates, archive building—both by artists and institutions—is critically important for the field because it offers a more comprehensive look at creative activity.

This exhibition features the work of two artists—Walter S. Hamady and Claire Van Vliet—through multiple examples of their work. Both primarily focus on artists' books. Hamady was a long-time University of Wisconsin-Madison professor and founder of The Perishable Press Limited while Van Vliet is a MacArthur Fellow and founder of Janus Press. RAM's archive has artists' book examples from both as well as other types of their work—collages and sculpture by Hamady alongside prints by Van Vliet.

MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Exhibition Notes
Walter S. Hamady
Almost Like Having a Philosophy (Dos a dos/feather in yr cap, box #3 reworked), 1990-91
Found objects, paper, and wood
20 1/4 x 11 x 7 1/4 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Artist
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Walter S. Hamady
Love as Magic as We Want Comets to be but Sometimes Aren't, 1986
Found paper, cardboard, wax, and found objects
24 x 18 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Walter S. Hamady, The Perishable Press Ltd.
The Pool from the Novel Dorit in Lesbos (Book No. 116), 1991
Text by Toby Olson
Illustrations by Lane Hall
Letterpress and handmade paper, Artist's book, edition 64/107
10 1/4 x 6 7/8 x 3/8 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Artist
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Claire Van Vliet, Janus Press
Summer Day/Winter Night, 1994
Color linocut, handmade paper, and gold leaf, Artist's book, edition 73/150
7 1/4 x 4 1/8 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Dale and Doug Anderson 
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Claire Van Vliet, Janus Press
Summer Day/Winter Night, 1994
Color linocut, handmade paper, and gold leaf, Artist's book, edition 73/150
7 1/4 x 4 1/8 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Dale and Doug Anderson 
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Claire Van Vliet
Stormlight, 1974
Lithograph, edition 12/50
14 3/4 x 17 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Artist
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
 

Open Storage: RAM Showcases Artist Book Archives is made possible by:

Platinum Sponsors
Anonymous

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

  

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