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
at Racine Art Museum

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
at Racine Art Museum
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.

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

Gallery of Work

Exhibitions at RAM are made possible by:

Platinum Sponsors

Judith and David Flegel Fund
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Ron and Judith Isaacs
Nicholas and Nancy Kurten
Windgate Foundation

Diamond Sponsors

Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation
Ruffo Family Foundation

Gold Sponsors
Anonymous
David Charak
Silver Sponsors
Art Bridges
A.C. Buhler Family
Andis Foundation
Baird
Lucy G. Feller
Ben and Dawn Flegel
Annette Hirsch Family
J. Jeffers & Co.
Dorothy MacVicar
RDK Foundation

Jan Serr and John Shannon
Bronze Sponsors

Anonymous
Susan Boland
Virginia Buhler
Butcher & Barrel/Amos Los Tacos
Educators Credit Union
Express Employment Professionals
Get Behind the Arts Studio Tour
William A. Guenther
Tom and Sharon Harty
Tony and Andrea Hauser
David and Judy Hecker
Bradley Lynch
Carlotta Miller
Larry and Barbara Newman
The Norbell Foundation
The Prairie School
Georgiana Treivush
Twin Disc, Inc.
Deb and Will Walker

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