Artwork can be used to revisit the past and document and comment on the present while also envisioning the future. As RAM celebrates its Twentieth Anniversary in 2023, considerations of the past are inevitable but there are also opportunities to think about what comes next. For the 2023 community-focused exhibition, RAM’s Wustum Museum invited artists to share their ideas about what a potential future—realistic or fantastical, possible or impossible—could look like. Is it a world where people use spaceships like cars? Is it a time when you and your dog can hike Mount Everest? Is it a moment when wrongs from the past are made right? Do you imagine what you will look like or what you will be doing in 20 or 30 years?
This exhibition is organized with Scott Terry of Mahogany Gallery in Racine and is inspired by the theme of Mahogany Gallery’s 2nd Annual Wisconsin Black Art and Culture Expo, Black Futures. As a part of Futures Reimagined, Terry invited artists who identify as Black or of the African diaspora to participate in the next iteration of the Expo theme, Black Futures 2. He encouraged artists to consider themes of blackness in the future—what will a change in humanity look like? What would such a change feel like? How do Black histories influence Black futures?
More About the Exhibition
Exhibition Checklist (PDF)
Artists in the Exhibition
Brookfield: Anastasia DeTemple; Caledonia: Rebecca Klinzing; Glendale: Philip Fischer; Harland: Debby Peck; Indianapolis, IN: Israel Solomon; Kenosha: Lisa Bigalke, Paul Brnak, Kimberly Duddridge, Darcy Geddes, Rachelle Graham, Amy Misurelli Sorenson; Madison: Jerry Jordan; Milwaukee: Sabina Archaniolowicz, Ney Tait Fraser, Tom Hoffman, David Kacala, Louis Orr, Sarah Phillips, Nick Schroeder, Kiefer Ledell Waterman; Mount Pleasant: Eileen Black, Patricia Guttenberg, Celia Amantea Schulz, Emma Widmar; Oak Creek: Michael Gehrke; Pisgah Forest, NC: Carol Preston; Pleasant Prairie: June Ambro; Racine: Jill Castillo, Margo Cuisinier, P.M. Fallon, Wesley Fallon, Shelby Gall, Alexander Greiveldinger, Diane Hamlin, Ann Henkes, Charles Hoffman, Alex S. Mandli, Karen Mathis, Janet Mrazek, Penny Nichols, Steven Pfeiffer, Keira Pflederer, Suzanne Schackelman, Ruby Schulmeister, Stephen Smiley, Susan M. Sorenson, Kelly Witte, Marc Wollman, Jennifer Zygmunt; San Diego, CA: Mensah Bey; Shorewood: Patricia Algiers; Silver Lake: Betty Baird; Spring Prairie: Veronica Gagliano Averkamp; Whitefish Bay: Michael Havice; Wind Point: Catherine Gaspero; Woodstock, IL: Cary Franklin Gaspar