Standing on Ceremony: Functional Ware from RAM's Collection

October 18, 2015 - February 7, 2016

When objects are designed for use, their interaction with human beings is taken into consideration. Standing on Ceremony highlights functional artworks from Racine Art Museum's collection that could be used for everyday rituals such as drinking and eating. These ceramic tea services and metal hollowware offer opportunities to reflect on the marriage of form and function in contemporary crafts. In addition, the exhibition features goblets, vessels, and non-functional works that allows a broader view of the concepts of ceremony and ritual.

Exhibition Notes
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Carolyn Morris Bach, Fong Choo, Carol Eckert, Erwin Eisch, Fred Fenster, Ken Ferguson, Keido Fukazawa, Terri Gelenian-Wood, John Glick, Chris Gustin, Dorothy Hafner, William Harper, Lillian Elliot and Pat Hickman, Jan Hopkins, Karen Karnes, Patti Lechman, Linda MacNeil, Nichibei Potters and Cynthia Constantini and Mikio Maksumoto, Laura Marth, Francina Kraynek Prince, Nan Roche, ROY (Rosemary Gialamas), JoAnne Russo, Judith Salomon, Adrian Saxe, Mark Shapiro, Chris Staley, Cathy Strokowsky, Michael Frimkess and Magdalena Suarez, Toshiko Takaezu, Susan Twymann, John A. Whitney, William Wilhelmi, and Noël Yoyovich

JoAnne Russo
Porcupine, 1999
Black ash, pine needles, and porcupine quills
Racine Art Museum, The Cotsen Contemporary
American Basket Collection
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Terri Gelenian-Wood
Futuristic Flatware, ca. 1995
Sterling silver and laminate
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Paul Wood
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Carol Exkert
Crocodile Litany, 1997
Dyed cotton thread, metal wire, and glass beads
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Pat Rodimer
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Dorothy Hafner
Confetti Tea Set, 1981
Glazed porcelain
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
William Harper
Devil Saint, 1982
Cloisonne enamel, animal hair, 14k gold, bristle, and carved stone
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Dale and Doug Anderson
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Standing on Ceremony: Functional Ware 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; Gold Sponsors - Herzfeld Foundation, Johnson Bank, National Endowment for the Arts, Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, Racine Community Foundation, W.T. Walker Group, Inc.; Silver Sponsors - Racine County, Real Racine, Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors - EC Styberg Foundation, Educators Credit Union, In Sink Erator, The Norbell Foundation, Orkney Springs Retreat, Polyform Products, Inc., Rasmussen Diamonds, Ruud Family Foundation, Inc., and Wisconsin Public Radio.