Precious Metals: Shining Examples from RAM's Collection

June 19 - October 2, 2016

A companion exhibition to Go for Baroque, this exhibition explores our innate fascination with things that glisten and plays with notions of preciousness and material value. Mainly comprised of artworks made of precious metals, the show also features shiny objects made of other materials and other metals. This comparison is meant to draw attention to reasons why artists choose certain media. Drawn entirely from RAM’s holdings, this exhibition offers a framework for looking at works that are visually compelling and thought-provoking.


RAM’s collection includes many examples of jewelry, hollowware, and vessels either made of or adorned with something “lustrous.” In addition, there are artists who use gold or metallic leaf to amplify aspects of two-dimensional images. Drawing directly from RAM’s holdings, Precious Metals features a wide variety of work.

Exhibition Notes
Press Room

Deborah Aguado, Garry Knox Bennett, Yvonne Pacanovsky Bobrowicz, Flora Book, Lola Brooks, Heinz Brummel, Lyndsay Caleo, Chunghi Choo, Philip Cornelius, Giovanni Corvaja, Jim Cotter, Cynthia Cousens, Rick Dillingham, Robert W. Ebendorf, Matt Eskuche, William Fiorini, Arline Fisch, Leopold Foulem, Donald Friedlich, Keiko Fukazawa, John G. Garrett, Lindsay Ketterer Gates, Mary Giles, Michael Glancy, Lisa Gralnick, John J. Grant, Susan Hamlet, Barbara Heinrich, Mary Lee Hu, Tory Hughes, John Iversen, Reika Iwami, Kiyomi Iwata, Michael John Jerry, Hai-Chi Jihn, Glen Kaufman, Nancy Koenigsberg, Rena Koopman, Jee Hye Kwon, Gyöngy Laky, Keith A. Lewis, Tara Locklear, Ken Loeber, Richard Mafong, Barbara Mail, Bruce Metcalf, Richard Milette, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, Robert Lee Morris, Eleanor H. Moty, Ted Muehling, Noa Nadir, Gary Noffke, Kevin O’Dwyer, Joan Parcher, Lee Barnes Peck, Beverly Penn, Mary Preston, Svetozar Radakovich, Suzan Rezac, Ed Rossbach, Jacqueline Ryan, Cheryl Rydmark, Uri Samet, Gayle Saunders, Adrian Saxe, Mary Scherr, Helen Shirk, Tess Sholom, Susan Kasson Sloan, Christina Y. Smith, Barbara Sorensen, Ettore Sottsass, Molly Stone, Didi Suydam, Rachelle Thiewes, Linda Threadgill, Mary Tingley, Hervé Van der Straeten, Ed Wiener, Cheryl Williams, David and Roberta Williamson, Beatrice Wood

Adrian Saxe
Ewer (Jawgasm: RTC), 1994
Glazed porcelain and stoneware with lustre and found objects
14 x 9 x 4 inches
Racine Art Museum, The Donna Moog Teapot Collection
Photography: Michael Tropea, Chicago, IL
Matt Eskuche
Eat Your Heart Out Versailles, We Got Wal-Marts, 2008
Found wooden table, glass, and silver nitrate
40 x 39 x 31 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Dale and Doug Anderson
Photography: Michael Tropea, Chicago, IL
Suzan Rezac
Sampler Necklace, 1996
Silver, gold, brass, and shakudō
7 x 7 ¼ x 3/8 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Tom Van Eynde
Ken Loeber
Tea Strainer with Tray, ca. 1985
Sterling silver
1 1/16 x 4 ½ x 4 ½ inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Tom Van Eynde
Michael Glancy
Golden Enigma, 1992
Glass and gold-plated copper
7 inches high x 6 inches diameter
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Dale and Doug Anderson
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine, WI
Tory (Victoria) Hughes
Orrery, 1992
Polymer, steel, brass, glass, acrylic paint, metallic powder,
metallic leaf, ball bearings, and found objects
11 ½ x 7 11/16 x 11/16 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Artist
Photography: Penina Meisels
Precious Metals: Shining Examples from RAM's Collection is made possible at Racine Art Museum by: Platinum Sponsors – Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, SC Johnson, Windgate Charitable Foundation; Diamond Sponsor - Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation; Gold Sponsors – Herzfeld Foundation, Johnson Bank, National Endowment for the Arts, Racine Community Foundation, W. T. Walker Group, Inc.; Silver Sponsors – Real Racine, Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors – Burlington Graphic Systems, Inc., EC Styberg Foundation, Educators Credit Union, In Sink Erator, The Norbell Foundation, Orkney Springs Retreat, Rasmussen Diamonds, Ruud Family Foundation, Inc.