Open Storage: RAM Showcases Ceramic, Fiber, and Regional Archives

January 26 - August 30, 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 donor’s 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 12 artists—Sandra Byers, Gibson Byrd, John N. Colt, Theodore Czebotar, Lillian Elliott, Joseph Friebert, Ed Rossbach, Kay Sekimachi, Jean Stamsta, Merle Temkin, Murray Weiss, and Beatrice Wood—through multiple examples of their work. Arranged as a series of artist solo showcases, Open Storage also highlights the earliest kinds of work given to RAM—textiles and works on paper. While ceramic works and art jewelry currently number as the two largest types of contemporary craft represented, examples of textiles, prints, drawings, and works on paper were among the very first gifts of artwork to the museum in the 1940s.

The combination of artists in this show demonstrates how RAM acquires the work of nationally and internationally recognized artists as well as by those who have called the local area home as they built their artistic reputations.

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Exhibition Notes
Sandra Byers
Light Dancer, 2010
Glazed porcelain
3 x 1 7/8 inches diameter
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Lynelle Marolf
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Sandra Byers
Autumnal Bloom, 2004
Glazed porcelain
3 5/8 x 2 1/4 inches diameter
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Joan Silvern in Memory of Joseph Silvern
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Lillian Elliott
Rabat, 1992
Birch bark, zippers, and silk ribbon
17 1/2 x 7 inches diameter
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Lillian Elliott
Wrapped Form, 1988
Wood, rattan, cane, waxed string, and dyed thread
41 1/2 x 21 inches diameter
Racine Art Museum, The Cotsen Contemporary American Basket Collection
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Merle Temkin
Fingerprint from the Paper Cut-Outs Series, 2005
Acrylic on paper
28 1/2 x 21 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Artist in Honor of Bruce W. Pepich
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Merle Temkin
Mismatched from the Glove Series, 1995
Paper, acrylic paint, and thread
1 x 9 x 7 inches each
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Artist in Honor of Lena Vigna
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Beatrice Wood
Gold Lustre Figure Teapot, ca. 1985
Glazed earthenware with lustres
10 3/4 x 7 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of David and Jacqueline Charak
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Beatrice Wood
Gold Lustre Pilgrim Bottle, 1995
Glazed earthenware with lustres
11 x 8 x 3 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Devra Breslow
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
 

Open Storage: RAM Showcases Ceramic, Fiber, and Regional 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

  

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