Michael Davis
Lupine, ca. 1990
Rattan and acrylic
26 x 14 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Marilyn Radke
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Alien Invasion: (Un)Familiar Forms in Contemporary Art

July 21, 2021 – January 22, 2022

Alien Invasion features objects and images from RAM’s collections that are both fantastical and familiar. The contemporary artists whose works are featured—many of whom use the natural world as inspiration—do not shy away from the oversized, dramatic, or intriguing. They understand the value of things that are rooted in the real yet are rendered mysterious with an artist’s manipulation. Most of these artists do not use the word alien to describe their interests or their work but they talk about friction and tension, usually in organic forms.

The organizing principle for this exhibition, inspired by a walk through RAM’s collection storage spaces, encourages imaginative and fanciful interpretations of objects, images, and adornment. Whether human-sized baskets, pieces made of recognizable materials used in unexpected ways, or paintings and jewelry that feature organic forms that might challenge expectations, these works offer new perspectives for looking at the sometimes blurry boundaries between natural and artificial or recognizable and strange.

This exhibition has an online counterpart that focuses on current work produced by members of RAM’s community. Alien Invasion: RAM Virtual Community Art Show features 59 artists from across the world who submitted 58 works that touch upon the idea of organic invasion and intrusion.

More About the Exhibition

Gallery Guide (PDF)

Artists in the Exhibition

Katrin Arp, Michael Bailot, Jerry Bleem, Flora Book, Caroline Broadhead, Bussi Buhs, Peter Chang, John Colt, Michael Davis, Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, Dominic L. Di Mare, Rob Dobson, Arline Fisch, Anat Gelbard, Rain Harris, Louise Hibbert, Kiyomi Iwata, Lisa Klakulak, Gil Leitersdorf, Lindsay Locatelli, Jennifer Maestre, Allison MacGeorge, Maggie Maggio, Mary Merkel-Hess, Bruce Metcalf, Masako Onodera, Linda Kelly Osborne, Natalya Pinchuk, Jill Romanoke, Betz Salmont, Jane Sauer, Hedda Sterne, Mary Tingley, Emiko Tokushige, Gary Trentham, and Melanie West

Alien Invasion: (Un)Familiar Forms in Contemporary Art

July 21, 2021 – January 22, 2022
Michael Davis
Lupine, ca. 1990
Rattan and acrylic
26 x 14 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Marilyn Radke
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Alien Invasion features objects and images from RAM’s collections that are both fantastical and familiar. The contemporary artists whose works are featured—many of whom use the natural world as inspiration—do not shy away from the oversized, dramatic, or intriguing. They understand the value of things that are rooted in the real yet are rendered mysterious with an artist’s manipulation. Most of these artists do not use the word alien to describe their interests or their work but they talk about friction and tension, usually in organic forms.

The organizing principle for this exhibition, inspired by a walk through RAM’s collection storage spaces, encourages imaginative and fanciful interpretations of objects, images, and adornment. Whether human-sized baskets, pieces made of recognizable materials used in unexpected ways, or paintings and jewelry that feature organic forms that might challenge expectations, these works offer new perspectives for looking at the sometimes blurry boundaries between natural and artificial or recognizable and strange.

This exhibition has an online counterpart that focuses on current work produced by members of RAM’s community. Alien Invasion: RAM Virtual Community Art Show features 59 artists from across the world who submitted 58 works that touch upon the idea of organic invasion and intrusion.

More About the Exhibition

Gallery Guide (PDF)

Artists in the Exhibition

Katrin Arp, Michael Bailot, Jerry Bleem, Flora Book, Caroline Broadhead, Bussi Buhs, Peter Chang, John Colt, Michael Davis, Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, Dominic L. Di Mare, Rob Dobson, Arline Fisch, Anat Gelbard, Rain Harris, Louise Hibbert, Kiyomi Iwata, Lisa Klakulak, Gil Leitersdorf, Lindsay Locatelli, Jennifer Maestre, Allison MacGeorge, Maggie Maggio, Mary Merkel-Hess, Bruce Metcalf, Masako Onodera, Linda Kelly Osborne, Natalya Pinchuk, Jill Romanoke, Betz Salmont, Jane Sauer, Hedda Sterne, Mary Tingley, Emiko Tokushige, Gary Trentham, and Melanie West

Gallery of Work

Exhibitions at RAM are made possible by:

Platinum Sponsors

Anonymous
Nicholas and Nancy Kurten
Windgate Foundation
Wisconsin Department of Administration

Diamond Sponsors

Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation
Ruffo Family Foundation

Gold Sponsors
Anonymous
David Charak
Silver Sponsors
A.C. Buhler Family
Andis Foundation
Lucy G. Feller
Ben and Dawn Flegel
Ron and Judith Isaacs
Johnson Financial Group
Bill Keland
Dorothy MacVicar
RDK Foundation, Inc.
Bronze Sponsors

Anonymous
Susan Boland
Virginia Buhler
Cotsen Foundation for Academic Research
Educators Credit Union
Fredrick and Deborah Ganaway
William A. Guenther
Tom and Sharon Harty
Andrea and Tony Hauser
The Norbell Foundation
Bill and Mary Walker

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