Variations on a Theme: Vessels from RAM's Collection

July 16, 2017 - January 21, 2018

Variations on a Theme: Vessels from RAM’s Collection is the second in a series of exhibitions surveying the landscape of craft through theory, design, and history. The 50 plus examples on display in this exhibition—made of clay, glass, and metal and pulled from RAM’s extensive holdings of contemporary craft—underscore the idea that there are many ways to interpret or investigate what a vessel could or should look like.

Exhibition Notes
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Robert Archambeau, Ralph Bacerra, Bennett Bean, Giles Bettison, Sandra Byers, Alan Caiger-Smith, William Carlson, Helen Carnac, Michael Cleff, Kim Cridler, Dan Dailey, Eugene Deutch, Anna Dickinson, Ruth Duckworth, Bacia Edelman, Dick Evans, Pat Flynn, Rick Foris, Berndt Friberg, Verne J. Funk, John Gill, Judith Gilmour, Babs Haenen, Wayne Higby, Anne E. Hirondelle, Jon Kuhn, Cliff Lee, John Conrad Lewis, Elizabeth Lurie, Warren MacKenzie, Dante Marioni, Tony Marsh, Maria Montoya Martinez, Louis Mendez, Klaus Moje, Jay Musler, Joel Philip Myers, George Edgar Ohr, Charlie Olson, Gustavo Pérez, Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, Don Reitz, Dame Lucie Rie, Richard Ritter, Harvey Sadow, June Schwarcz, David Shaner, Anna Silver, Christopher R. Staley, James L.Tanner, George Timock, Mary Tingley, William Underhill, Irene Vonck, Ann Wolff, Andrea Zilio, Toots Zynsky



Ralph Baccera
Covered Bowl, ca. 1980

Glazed porcelain with lustre
7 ¼ x 15 inches diameter
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Ken Deavers
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Kim Cridler
Case with Pail-Version #3 (detail), 2010-11

Steel, glass, bronze, and mother-of-pearl
90 x 60 x 32 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Dan Dailey
Ocean-Linear Beach-Grass
from the Ocean Series
, 1979

11 ½ x 10 5/8 x 5 ¾ inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Brillson Foundation in Memory
of Michael Bear Brillson
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Wayne Higby
Red Cliffs Mesa, 1977

Glazed earthenware
12 x 17 ½ x 14 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Linda Leonard Schlenger
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Giles Bettison
Vista Series #54, 2000

8 ½ x 6 ½ x 1 7/8 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Holly Hotchner
and Franklin Silverstone
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Tony Marsh
Vessel from the Perforated Vessel Series, 2009

5 ¾ x 23 inches diameter
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine


This exhibition is made possible by: Platinum Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, Windgate Charitable Foundation; Diamond Sponsor: Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation; Gold Sponsors - Herzfeld Foundation, Johnson Bank, National Endowment for the Arts, W. T. Walker Group, Inc.; Silver Sponsors - Andis Foundation, Racine Community Foundation, Real Racine, Runzheimer International Ltd., United Way of Racine County, Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors - CNH Industrial, EC Styberg Foundation, Educators Credit Union, In Sink Erator, The Norbell Foundation, Orkney Springs Retreat, Ruud Family Foundation, Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild; Media Sponsor - 88NINE Radio Milwaukee.