Some Pretty Interesting Characters: From RAM's Collection, Chapter 1

June 6 - August 16, 2014

This exhibition features contemporary works in two dimensions that depict compelling characters and engaging stories.

Arguably, any work of art tells a story—whether through materials, the process of making, or what is depicted. In various ways and different media, the works featured in Some Pretty Interesting Characters depict people, animals, places, or objects (or all of these). They offer a particular scene that seems to be pulled from a larger series of moments, with action that happens both before and after the time or person that is specifically represented. The characters help to define the action, and provide emotion and information.

Whether portrait, fantastical scene, or historical fiction, the works presented here offer a beginning point for a larger narrative. While the artists may have had a particular tale in mind when creating a piece, they often purposefully allow for a wide variety of interpretations. Visitors are invited to use their imagination to “complete” these stories.

The concept of visual storytelling is further explored in the other component of this exhibition, Some Pretty Interesting Characters: Works from RAM’s Collection, Chapter 2, on display at RAM, June 22 – September 28, 2014.
Exhibition Notes
Press Room

Renie Breskin Adams, Diane Balsley, Leonard Baskin, Robert Baxter, Mary Bero, Dawoud Bey, Robert Birmelin, Sally Broadwell, Ruth A. Brockman, Nancy Ekholm Burkert, Robert W. Burkert, Sue Coe, Van Deren Coke,  Warrington Colescott, Cynthia Crigler, Roy DeCarava, Doug DeVinny, Dominic Di Mare, David F. Driesbach, The Reverend Howard Finster, Glenn Gerber, John Goray, Gregory M. Grenon, Cindy Hickok, David V. Holmes, Cherry Barr Jerry, Sylvester Jerry, Rosita Johanson, Kenneth A. Kerslake, Munio Makuuchi, Linda Schwam Merkel, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Ed Paschke, Sylvia Plachy, Jeb Prazak, Karl J. Priebe, Claire Prussian, Ron Ruble, Bruce Saille, Julie Lindemann and John Shimon, Eleanor Speiss-Ferris, Hugh Steers, Beth Van Hoesen, Karl Wirsum


David V. Holmes
The Naturalist/BC, 1989
Watercolor and mixed media
Racine Art Museum, Christopher Blaesing Memorial Purchase Award from Watercolor Wisconsin 1989
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Robert W. Burkert
The City of Angels, 1971
Color serigraph, Edition 18/30
Racine Art Museum, Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Rosita Johanson
Tales My Father Told Me, 1994
Dyed cotton fabric, dyed cotton thread, metallic thread, and wood
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Warrington Colescott
W.R. Hearst Declares War on Spain, 1973
Color serigraph, Edition 12/75
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Some Pretty Interesting Characters: Works from RAM’s Collection, Chapter 1 is made possible at RAM's Wustum Museum by: Platinum Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, SC Johnson, Windgate Charitable Foundation; Diamond Sponsor - Sam and Gene Johnson Fund; Gold Sponsors - Herzfeld Foundation, Johnson Bank, National Endowment for the Arts, Racine United Arts Fund; Silver Sponsors - Elwood Corporation, Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, W.T. Walker Group, Inc., Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors - 88NINE Radio Milwaukee, CNH Industrial, Corner House, Craft in America PBS Series, E.C. Styberg Foundation, Inc., Educators Credit Union, In Sink Erator, Miracle on Canal Street, The Norbell Foundation, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, Real Racine, Robert W. Baird Foundation, Ruud Family Foundation, Carol C. Saunders