Open Storage: RAM Showcases Glass Archives

February 2 - August 9, 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 four glass pioneers—Dan Dailey, Michael Glancy, Joel Philip Myers, and Mark Peiser—through multiple examples of their work. These artists pushed the medium technically and aesthetically, shaping a field that was just starting to unfold in the last half of the twentieth century.

RAM Showcases Glass Archives is not a survey of the dynamism and fluctuation in glass today. This show does not reflect the significant contributions that have been made in recent decades by women like Karen LaMonte, Ginny Ruffner, Lisabeth Sterling, Ann Wolff, and Toots Zynsky; nor does it take into account the great variety of ways in which glass is now being used in jewelry, installations, and mixed media presentations. While RAM has examples of these types of work, they have not yet reached numbers to qualify as archival. If donation trends persist, this has the potential to change over time.

MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Exhibition Notes
Dan Dailey
Mystery Man from the Face Vase Series, 1988
Glass
14 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches diameter
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Dan Dailey
Ocean, Linear Beach, Grass from the Ocean Vase Series, 1979
Glass
11 1/2 x 10 5/8 x 5 3/4 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Brillson Foundation in Memory of Michael Baer Brillson
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Michael Glancy
Coaxial Shift, 2005
Glass, gold leaf, and copper
4 9/16 x 9 1/4 inches diameter
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser
Photography: Gene Dwiggins
Michael Glancy
Golden Enigma, 1992
Glass and gold-plated copper
7 x 6 inches diameter
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Dale and Doug Anderson
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Joel Philip Myers
CFCBHGD-93 from the Contiguous Fragment Series, 1982
Glass
10 1/4 x 9 5/8 x 2 1/2 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Donald and Carol Wiiken
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Mark Peiser
Sunrise from the Paperweight Vase Series, 1981
Glass
10 3/4 x 5 inches diameter
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Mark Peiser
Tall Moon from the Inner Space Series, 1982
Glass
10 1/4 x 4 1/4 x 2 1/4 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Michael L. and Anne Brody in Honor of Judith and Stanton Brody
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
 

Open Storage: RAM Showcases Glass 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