Open Storage: RAM Showcases Wood 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 five artists—Ronald Kent, Michael J. Peterson, Tom Rauschke, Kaaren Wiken, and Bob Stocksdale—through multiple examples of their work. This group reflects multiple approaches to wood as a creative medium—whether turning, carving, or, in the case of Rauschke and Wiken, collaborating and introducing other media. While wood is considered one of the five traditional craft media, these works show both historical approaches and new ones—as many artists of the last century have been interested in experimenting with materials, concepts, and forms.

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 Wisconsin home as they built their artistic reputations.

MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Exhibition Notes
Michael J. Peterson
Bowl, ca. 1985
Maple burl
6 3/4 x 11 x 10 inches
Racine Art Museum, The Ruth C. Greenberg Collection
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Michael J. Peterson
Vessel, 1993
Locust burl
2 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 4 1/4 inches
Racine Art Museum, The Ruth C. Greenberg Collection
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Tom Rauschke and Kaaren Wiken
Forest Goblet, 1998
Ash and dyed cotton thread
11 x 9 1/2 inches diameter
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. R. E. Mansfield
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Tom Rauschke and Kaaren Wiken
Petroglyph Bowl, 1995
Ash and dyed cotton thread
8 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches diameter
Racine Art Museum, Gift of John K. Shannon and Jan Serr 
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Robert Stocksdale
Mpingo Vessel, 1993
African blackwood
4 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 6 inches 
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Alexander W. Cook, Jr.
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
 

Open Storage: RAM Showcases Wood 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