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 over-sized, 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. RAM invites you to submit work to this Virtual Community Show from April 15 through June 28, 2021.

Artists in the Exhibition

Michael Bailot, Patricia Barrett, Stuart Batty, Jerry Bleem, Flora Book, Joanne Segal Brandford, Caroline Broadhead, Bussi Buhs, Peter Chang, John Colt, Michael Davis, Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, Dominic L. Di Mare, Rob Dobson, Arline Fisch, John Garrett, Anat Gelbard, Rain Harris, Kiyomi Iwata, Lisa Klakulak, Gil Leitersdorf, Lindsay Locatelli, Jennifer Maestre, Allison MacGeorge, Maggie Maggio, Mary Merkel-Hess, Bruce Metcalf, Norma Minkowtiz, Debora Muhl, Masako Onodera, Linda Kelly Osborne, Natalya Pinchuk, Lois S. Rainwater, Jill Romanoke, Lori Ross, Betz Salmont, Jane Sauer, Karyl Sisson, Hedda Sterne, Mary Tingley, 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 over-sized, 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. RAM invites you to submit work to this Virtual Community Show from April 15 through June 28, 2021.

Artists in the Exhibition

Michael Bailot, Patricia Barrett, Stuart Batty, Jerry Bleem, Flora Book, Joanne Segal Brandford, Caroline Broadhead, Bussi Buhs, Peter Chang, John Colt, Michael Davis, Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, Dominic L. Di Mare, Rob Dobson, Arline Fisch, John Garrett, Anat Gelbard, Rain Harris, Kiyomi Iwata, Lisa Klakulak, Gil Leitersdorf, Lindsay Locatelli, Jennifer Maestre, Allison MacGeorge, Maggie Maggio, Mary Merkel-Hess, Bruce Metcalf, Norma Minkowtiz, Debora Muhl, Masako Onodera, Linda Kelly Osborne, Natalya Pinchuk, Lois S. Rainwater, Jill Romanoke, Lori Ross, Betz Salmont, Jane Sauer, Karyl Sisson, Hedda Sterne, Mary Tingley, 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 Isascs
Johnson Financial Group
Bill Keland
Dorothy MacVicar
RDK Foundation, Inc.
Bronze Sponsors
Anonymous
Susan Boland
Fredrick and Deborah Ganaway
Tom and Sharon Harty
Andrea and Tony Hauser
The Norbell Foundation
Bill and Mary Walker

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