Snipes Ir2021.1950 Hooz Yer Mammy (p)
Kevin Snipes
Hooz Yer Mammy (Vessel), 2012
Glazed porcelain
9 x 2 1/2 x 4 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of David and Jacqueline Charak
Photography: Jon Bolton

Craft in Color

March 6, 2024 – January 11, 2025
at Racine Art Museum

In a modern context where artists are investigating topics of their choosing and exploring with whatever materials they desire, who the artist is and how they move through the world becomes a part of the work’s content. Viewers may not have to know the details of an artist’s biography to appreciate their work, but those details can add layers of perspective and meaning.

This exhibition features works in clay, glass, and metal by artists of color drawn from RAM’s collection. Artists do not need to reference their identity in their work; however, it is valuable to recognize that heritage informs choices on a conscious or unconscious level as a part of the artists’ lived experiences. While most of this work is not directly issue-oriented, the fact that the makers themselves—as artists of color—have experienced a wide range of implicit and explicit biases is a sub-context worthy of consideration. Seen through that lens, the story these objects tell is even more complex.

RAM used to show the work of artists of color without calling attention to it. While determining what truly defines an “artist of color” is a challenge—and the phrase itself implies White artists are the default—this exhibition is about ensuring artists of multiple and varied backgrounds are seen. RAM is dedicated to showing this work in a variety of contexts and, most importantly, to implement new pathways toward equity.

Owing to the physical dynamics of this gallery space, all pieces included are made of non-light-sensitive materials. While the work of artists of color has been, and will continue to be, shown in multiple contexts at RAM and RAM’s Wustum Museum, this is the largest exhibition to date dedicated to these artists from the collection.

More About the Exhibition

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Artists Under Consideration for the Exhibition

Mike Bird-Romero, Marie Zieu Chino, Chunghi Choo, April Higashi, Tina Fung Holder, Laritza Garcia, Hai-Chi Jihn, Cliff Lee, Art Smith, Kevin Snipes, Therman Statom, Joan Takayama-Ogawa, Toshiko Takaezu, Chela Veloz, Paul Wandless, Patti Warashina, Acquaetta Williams, and Hiroshi Yamano

Craft in Color

Open March 6, 2024
at Racine Art Museum
Snipes Ir2021.1950 Hooz Yer Mammy (p)
Kevin Snipes
Hooz Yer Mammy (Vessel), 2012
Glazed porcelain
9 x 2 1/2 x 4 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of David and Jacqueline Charak
Photography: Jon Bolton

In a modern context where artists are investigating topics of their choosing and exploring with whatever materials they desire, who the artist is and how they move through the world becomes a part of the work’s content. Viewers may not have to know the details of an artist’s biography to appreciate their work, but those details can add layers of perspective and meaning.

This exhibition features works in clay, glass, and metal by artists of color drawn from RAM’s collection. Artists do not need to reference their identity in their work; however, it is valuable to recognize that heritage informs choices on a conscious or unconscious level as a part of the artists’ lived experiences. While most of this work is not directly issue-oriented, the fact that the makers themselves—as artists of color—have experienced a wide range of implicit and explicit biases is a sub-context worthy of consideration. Seen through that lens, the story these objects tell is even more complex.

RAM used to show the work of artists of color without calling attention to it. While determining what truly defines an “artist of color” is a challenge—and the phrase itself implies White artists are the default—this exhibition is about ensuring artists of multiple and varied backgrounds are seen. RAM is dedicated to showing this work in a variety of contexts and, most importantly, to implement new pathways toward equity.

Owing to the physical dynamics of this gallery space, all pieces included are made of non-light-sensitive materials. While the work of artists of color has been, and will continue to be, shown in multiple contexts at RAM and RAM’s Wustum Museum, this is the largest exhibition to date dedicated to these artists from the collection.

More About the Exhibition

Press Room

Artists Under Consideration for the Exhibition

Mike Bird-Romero, Marie Zieu Chino, Chunghi Choo, April Higashi, Tina Fung Holder, Laritza Garcia, Hai-Chi Jihn, Cliff Lee, Art Smith, Kevin Snipes, Therman Statom, Joan Takayama-Ogawa, Toshiko Takaezu, Chela Veloz, Paul Wandless, Patti Warashina, Acquaetta Williams, and Hiroshi Yamano

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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