Some Pretty Interesting Characters: Works from RAM's Collection, Chapter 2

June 22 - September 28, 2014

This exhibition features contemporary works in two and three dimensions and a variety of media 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 a ceramic robot teapot, an embroidered Spiderman, or animals in various poses, these characters have a lot to “say.” 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.

Snow White, Star Wars, and Super Heroes:
Contemporary Pop-Up Books

June 22 – September 28, 2014
Pop-up books from a private collection are highlighted in the Ruffo and Schumann cases on the first and second floors. While the pop-up action makes these books hybrids of images in two and three dimensions, these pieces are also marvelous feats of paper engineering.
Exhibition Notes for Snow White, Star Wars, and Super Heroes

In addition, 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 1, on display at RAM’s Wustum Museum of Fine Arts through August 16, 2014.
Exhibition Notes for Some Pretty Interesting Characters, Chapter 2
Press Room

Kathleen Amt, Clayton Bailey, Jerry Berta, Gina Bobrowski and Triesch Voelker, Beth Changstrom, Olga Cinnamon, Lies Cosijn, Dan Dailey, Salvador Dali, Marcia Docter, Jack Earl, Carol Eckert, Rogatov (Fedoskino Studio), Lucy Feller, Furry Foot, David Gihooly, Walter Hamady and John Wilde, Ric Haynes, Laurie Hogan, Hope Holtzman, Philip Holtzman, Dan Imre, Ai Kajima, Margaret Keelen, Charla Khanna, Susan King, Julia Kirillova, Esther Knobel, Robin Kranitzky and Kim Overstreet, Jim Lee, Michael Lucero, Maggie Maggio, Thomas Mann, Bruce Metcalf, James Minson, Yasumasa Morimura, Andy Nasisse, Mark Newport, Denisova – Babanova (Palekh Studio), Lukhina (Palekh Studio), Petrova (Palekh Studio), Tod Pardon, Patrick Procter, Lance Raichert, John Revelry, Mary L. Roth, Marissa Saneholtz, Pati Scobey, Joyce Scott, Fred Stonehouse, Rhonda Storm, E.J. Taylor, Jerry N. Uelsmann, Erica Van Horn, Kukuli Velarde, Kara Walker, John Wilde, Beatrice Wood, Janis Mars Wunderlich, Lia Zulalian

John Wilde
From My Garden (Archimboldi), 1966
Oil on wood panel
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Jack Earl
Carrot Finger, 1981
White earthenware and china paint
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd in Honor
of William B. Boyd on the Occasion of their 25th Wedding
Photography: Michael Tropea, Chicago
Carol Eckert
Book of Hours, 2004
Dyed cotton, wire, and glass beads
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Maggie Maggio
Tit for Tat: The Fable of the Fox and the Stork, 1997
Polymer and acrylic paint
Racine Art Museum, Gift of William and Martha Edmonds
Photography: Penina Meisels
Some Pretty Interesting Characters: Works from RAM’s Collection, Chapter 2 is made possible at Racine Art 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