Joan Pearson Watkins' glazed teapot
Joan Pearson Watkins
Teapot, ca. 1955
Glazed stoneware
9 x 6 x 4 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of The Joan Pearson Revocable Trust
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

OBJECTS REDUX: Small-Scale Studio Craft of the 1950s and 1960s

October 20, 2019 – February 2, 2020

The Ruffo and Schumann galleries showcase work made in the decades just prior to OBJECTS: USA. In these spaces are small-scale ceramic, glass, wood, and metal objects from the 1950s and 1960s that reflect the types of works most associated with craft up to that point. Before OBJECTS: USA toured the country in the late 1960s and early 1970s, conversations about craft as art were percolating. However, the type of craft that predominated was functional. While there were artists already pushing the boundaries of what that could mean, the public most likely thought about craft, if they did at all, in terms similar to the vessels, bowls, and “useful” items represented here.

ARTISTS IN THE EXHIBITION
Dale Chihuly, Edward Cromey, Eugene Deutch, Richard DeVore, Robert W. Ebendorf, Elsa Bates Freund, Verne J. Funk, Karen Karnes, Maria Martinez, Joel Philip Myers, Gertrud Natzler, Otto Natzler, Harry Nohr, Ronald Hayes Pearson, Susan Harnly Peterson, Dame Lucie Rie, Edwin Scheier, Mary Scheier, William Spratling, Robert Stocksdale, Toshiko Takaezu, James L. Tanner, Mary Tingley, Joan Pearson Watkins, Beatrice Wood, and Claire Zeisler

OBJECTS REDUX: Small-Scale Studio Craft of the 1950s and 1960s

October 20, 2019 – February 2, 2020
Joan Pearson Watkins' glazed teapot
Joan Pearson Watkins
Teapot, ca. 1955
Glazed stoneware
9 x 6 x 4 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of The Joan Pearson Revocable Trust
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

The Ruffo and Schumann galleries showcase work made in the decades just prior to OBJECTS: USA. In these spaces are small-scale ceramic, glass, wood, and metal objects from the 1950s and 1960s that reflect the types of works most associated with craft up to that point. Before OBJECTS: USA toured the country in the late 1960s and early 1970s, conversations about craft as art were percolating. However, the type of craft that predominated was functional. While there were artists already pushing the boundaries of what that could mean, the public most likely thought about craft, if they did at all, in terms similar to the vessels, bowls, and “useful” items represented here.

Gallery of Work

ARTISTS IN THE EXHIBITION
Dale Chihuly, Edward Cromey, Eugene Deutch, Richard DeVore, Robert W. Ebendorf, Elsa Bates Freund, Verne J. Funk, Karen Karnes, Maria Martinez, Joel Philip Myers, Gertrud Natzler, Otto Natzler, Harry Nohr, Ronald Hayes Pearson, Susan Harnly Peterson, Dame Lucie Rie, Edwin Scheier, Mary Scheier, William Spratling, Robert Stocksdale, Toshiko Takaezu, James L. Tanner, Mary Tingley, Joan Pearson Watkins, Beatrice Wood, and Claire Zeisler

Exhibitions at RAM are made possible by:

Platinum Sponsors
Anonymous
Nicholas and Nancy Kurten
Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation
Windgate Foundation
Wisconsin Department of Administration

Diamond Sponsors
National Endowment for the Arts
Ruffo Family Foundation

Gold Sponsors
Anonymous
David Charak
Tom and Irene Creecy
David Flegel
Silver Sponsors
A. C. Buhler Family
Andis Foundation
Lucy G. Feller
Dorothy MacVicar
Bronze Sponsors
Andis Company
Tom and Jane Devine
David and Ellen Easley
Educators Credit Union
Ben and Dawn Flegel
Fredrick and Deborah Ganaway
William A. Guenther
Tom and Sharon Harty
Andrea and Tony Hauser
Angela Jacobi
Bill Keland
Knight Barry Title Group
Eric Koopmeiners and Lena Vigna

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