Elenor Wilson
American Tourister Still Life, 2009
Glazed porcelain
Various dimensions
Racine Art Museum, Gift of David and Jacqueline Charak
Photography: Bob Barrett

Component Parts: Artworks Made of Multiple Elements

June 2, 2021 – February 12, 2022
at Racine Art Museum

Artworks made of multiple elements are not new to the modern era but contemporary artists have pushed their direction and visual potential. Through conceptual, metaphorical, and experimental lenses, artists literally make one object, or one ultimate work, out of many pieces. Component Parts features a wide range of media and approaches—both two and three-dimensional—that expand this conversation.

Sculptural configurations made of individual pieces can register as single objects with layers of information. Examples include Beth Lipman’s Still Life with Detritus, a sublime re-imagining in glass and wood of a historical still-life including the table it rests upon, and Eddie Dominguez’s ceramic Fish Dinner, a wall-mounted relief that cleverly uses underwater life-themed dinnerware to evoke an aquarium. Whereas Nancy Hild’s painting group, Allegory of the Seven Sins, could be understood as seven individual pieces, its narrative is most powerful when all of the paintings are considered in relation to one another. This part-to-whole idea is further underscored with print portfolios by individual artists—where one or two pieces could stand in for the whole but a different message is conveyed when larger numbers of works are viewed together at once.

Drawn from RAM’s collection, the works in this exhibition are united by conceptual choices in presentation yet they reflect a variety of perspectives and subject matter—from cultural, historical, and domestic issues to material and formal investigations.

Please note that because this is a long exhibition that includes artworks made of fragile materials, some works—and therefore some artists—will be changed midway through.

More About the Exhibition

Exhibition Notes (PDF)

Press Room

Artists in the Exhibition

David Chatt, Christine Clark, Tara K. Daly, Stephen Dixon, Eddie Dominguez, Matt Eskuche, David Gilhooly, Keiko Hara, Caren Heft, Nancy Hild, Les Levine, Beth Lipman, Thomas Mann, Karen Theusen Massaro, Megumi Naitoh, Tina Rath, Adolph Rosenblatt, Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson, Barbara Lee Smith, Therman Statom, and Elenor Wilson

Component Parts: Artworks Made of Multiple Elements

June 2, 2021 – February 12, 2022
at Racine Art Museum
Elenor Wilson
American Tourister Still Life, 2009
Glazed porcelain
Various dimensions
Racine Art Museum, Gift of David and Jacqueline Charak
Photography: Bob Barrett

Artworks made of multiple elements are not new to the modern era but contemporary artists have pushed their direction and visual potential. Through conceptual, metaphorical, and experimental lenses, artists literally make one object, or one ultimate work, out of many pieces. Component Parts features a wide range of media and approaches—both two and three-dimensional—that expand this conversation.

Sculptural configurations made of individual pieces can register as single objects with layers of information. Examples include Beth Lipman’s Still Life with Detritus, a sublime re-imagining in glass and wood of a historical still-life including the table it rests upon, and Eddie Dominguez’s ceramic Fish Dinner, a wall-mounted relief that cleverly uses underwater life-themed dinnerware to evoke an aquarium. Whereas Nancy Hild’s painting group, Allegory of the Seven Sins, could be understood as seven individual pieces, its narrative is most powerful when all of the paintings are considered in relation to one another. This part-to-whole idea is further underscored with print portfolios by individual artists—where one or two pieces could stand in for the whole but a different message is conveyed when larger numbers of works are viewed together at once.

Drawn from RAM’s collection, the works in this exhibition are united by conceptual choices in presentation yet they reflect a variety of perspectives and subject matter—from cultural, historical, and domestic issues to material and formal investigations.

Please note that because this is a long exhibition that includes artworks made of fragile materials, some works—and therefore some artists—will be changed midway through.

More About the Exhibition

Exhibition Notes (PDF)

Press Room

Artists in the Exhibition

David Chatt, Christine Clark, Tara K. Daly, Stephen Dixon, Eddie Dominguez, Matt Eskuche, David Gilhooly, Keiko Hara, Caren Heft, Nancy Hild, Les Levine, Beth Lipman, Thomas Mann, Karen Theusen Massaro, Megumi Naitoh, Tina Rath, Adolph Rosenblatt, Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson, Barbara Lee Smith, Therman Statom, and Elenor Wilson

Sample of Work in the Exhibition

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Exhibitions at RAM are made possible by:

Platinum Sponsors

The Estate of Karen Johnson Boyd
David Charak
Judith and David Flegel Fund
Ron and Judith Isaacs
Nicholas and Nancy Kurten
Racine Community Foundation logo
Windgate Foundation

Diamond Sponsors

City of Racine’s Grow Racine Grant
Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation
Ruffo Family Foundation
Ruth Arts Foundation

Gold Sponsors

Anonymous
Tom and Irene Creecy
Richard and Patricia Ehlert
Trio Foundation of St. Louis
W.T. Walker Group, Inc.
Wisconsin Arts Board

Silver Sponsors

Anonymous
Baird
Beta Diagnostic Labs
A.C. Buhler Family
Lucy G. Feller
Ben and Dawn Flegel
Jim Harris
Sharon and Tom Harty
Horizon Retail Construction, Inc.
Lise Iwon
J. Jeffers & Co.
Johnson Financial Group
Dorothy MacVicar
Jan Serr and John Shannon

Bronze Sponsors

Ellen and Joseph Albrecht
Andis Foundation
Susan Boland
Virginia Buhler
Dave’s Wine Garage
Educators Credit Union
Express Employment Professionals
Bill and Debbie Keland
Susan Manalli
Jean and Alex Mandli, Jr.
The Prairie School
Cathy Stanghellin
Twin Disc, Inc.

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