Represent: Exploring Portraits from RAM's Collection

January 20 - September 1, 2019

This exhibition features pieces that embrace the idea of a portrait as an investigation of character and situation, tangible details, and abstract elements. From self-portraits to works that encapsulate the essence of a subject through metaphor or emotion, these works encourage contemplation about how human beings understand one another as well as the world around them. At a time when selfies and casual “snaps,” are ever more present and popular, it is interesting to consider what it means to explore and understand the self and others through two and three-dimensional representations.

On view now is a small selection of the work of Milwaukee-based artist Kierston Ghaznavi. She creates articulated paper dolls that represent, in her own works, "black pop culture, afro-centric natural hair, positive imagery of black women, self-love and awareness." She translates her childhood interest in playing with dolls and drawing characters from her imagination into an exploration of identity, realized through anonymous subjects or personal friends. With a process that takes anywhere from three to eight hours per piece, Ghaznavi draws subjects with pen, markers, or ink wash and transforms them into dolls with moveable limbs that range from seven to 24 inches tall.


Exhibition Notes
Shop the Exhibition
Press Room

Meet the Artist Kierston Ghaznavi
during the Free Family Hands-On Activity
on Free First Friday, August 2
4:00 - 8:00 pm

Ann Agee, Wesley Anderegg, Jeannette Montgomery Barron, Norman Bergsma, Mary Bero, Carol Blanchard, Frank Boyden, Gibson Byrd, John Cederquist, David Chatt, Francesco Clemente, Van Deren Coke, Warrington Colescott, George Condo, Cristina Córdova, Claire Curneen, Dan Dailey, Baron Adolph De Meyer, Arnold Eagle, Jack Earl, Robert W. Ebendorf, Edward S. Eberle, Elise Engler, Susan Evans, Laszlo Fekete, Kierston Ghaznavi, Danielle Gori-Montanelli, Ruth Anne Grove, Philippe Halsman, Andrew Herman, David Hockney, W. Stephan Hodder, Laurie Hogin, David V. Holmes, Coille Mclaughlin Hooven, Judith Hoyt, Marvin Israel, Sergei Isupov, Sylvester Jerry, Enid Kaplan, Kenneth A. Kerslake, Esther Knobel, George Krause, John Krewal, Marie Laurencin, Peter Lenzo, Michael Lucero, Kurt Markus, Joseph Martin, Paul Matzner, Richard Meitner, Linda Schwam Merkel, Odd Nerdrum, Jim Nutt, Karl J. Priebe, Claire Prussian, Clifford Rainey, Minna Resnick, David A. Robbins, Leslie Roth, Bonnie Schiffman, Esther Shimazu, Kim Simonsson, Paul Smith, Louis Stettner, Cynthia Toops, Beth Van Hoesen, Charles Von Urban, Claire Van Vliet, Janusz Walentynowicz, John Wilde, Katharine Wood, and Irina Zaytceva

Paul Smith
Robert Ebendorf (1938- ) at the Society of 
North American Goldsmiths Conference, St. Petersburg, FL, 2004/2016

Archival digital inkjet print
15 7/8 x 10 5/8 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Artist

John Cederquist
Never Without His Sword, 2004

Wood, epoxy resin, and lithographic ink
81 5/8 x 37 3/4 x 25 1/2 inches
Racine Art Museum,
Gift of The Estate of Linda Brooks Sullivan
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Dan Dailey
The Magician from the Character Head Vase Series #10, 1988

21 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches diameter
Racine Art Museum,
Gift of George and Dorothy Saxe
Photography: Michael Tropea, Chicago

Kierston Ghaznavi
Mother and Child Reunion, 2018

Pen, marker, cardstock, glue, metal brads, and twine
7 x 7 inches
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography by the Artist

Frank Boyden
Selection from The Empathies Suite, ca. 2005

Drypoint on gampi paper, edition of 2
3 x 2  inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Artist
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Michael Lucero
Nomad from the Reclamation Series, 1995

Glazed white earthenware, found wooden stool,
and found, painted wooden statue
79 x 19 x 10 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Earl and Elaine Liff
Photography: Michael Tropea, Chicago

Laurie Hogin
Allegory of Brand Loyalty, 1995

Oil on panel
11 x 9 x 1/4 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Gerald and Barbara Weiner
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Katharine Wood
Transit Riders I (Neckpiece), 2013

Enamel and 24k-gold-plated copper
8 1/4 x 7 1/4 x 1/4 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Artist in Memory of Antonia Schwedt
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine


Represent: Exploring Portraits from RAM's Collection is made possible by:

Platinum Sponsors

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