Walter S. Hamady
Almost Like Having a Philosophy (Dos a dos/feather in yr cap, box #3 reworked), 1990-91
Found objects, paper, and wood
20 1/4 x 11 x 7 1/4 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Artist
Photography: Jon Bolton

Open Storage: RAM Showcases Artists’ Book Archives

February 16 – October 3, 2020

Historically, collection-building for museums has gone on behind-the-scenes. In the last decade, more institutions have offered transparency regarding how collections are developed, stored, and conserved. Open Storage offers a series of exhibitions that clarify this process by drawing attention to some of RAM’s particular strengths—collecting the work of artists in-depth and establishing archives that further document their working processes and careers. While RAM frequently talks about the importance of gifts from donors’ estates, archive building—both by artists and institutions—is critically important for the field because it offers a more comprehensive look at creative activity.

This exhibition features the work of two artists—Walter S. Hamady and Claire Van Vliet—through multiple examples of their work. Both primarily focus on artists’ books. Hamady was a long-time University of Wisconsin-Madison professor and founder of The Perishable Press Limited while Van Vliet is a MacArthur Fellow and founder of Janus Press. RAM’s archive has artists’ book examples from both as well as other types of their work—collages and sculpture by Hamady alongside prints by Van Vliet.

More About the Exhibition

Exhibition Notes (PDF)

Press Room

Open Storage: RAM Showcases Artists’ Book Archives

February 16 – October 3, 2020
Walter S. Hamady
Almost Like Having a Philosophy (Dos a dos/feather in yr cap, box #3 reworked), 1990-91
Found objects, paper, and wood
20 1/4 x 11 x 7 1/4 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Artist
Photography: Jon Bolton

Historically, collection-building for museums has gone on behind-the-scenes. In the last decade, more institutions have offered transparency regarding how collections are developed, stored, and conserved. Open Storage offers a series of exhibitions that clarify this process by drawing attention to some of RAM’s particular strengths—collecting the work of artists in-depth and establishing archives that further document their working processes and careers. While RAM frequently talks about the importance of gifts from donors’ estates, archive building—both by artists and institutions—is critically important for the field because it offers a more comprehensive look at creative activity.

This exhibition features the work of two artists—Walter S. Hamady and Claire Van Vliet—through multiple examples of their work. Both primarily focus on artists’ books. Hamady was a long-time University of Wisconsin-Madison professor and founder of The Perishable Press Limited while Van Vliet is a MacArthur Fellow and founder of Janus Press. RAM’s archive has artists’ book examples from both as well as other types of their work—collages and sculpture by Hamady alongside prints by Van Vliet.

More About the Exhibition

Exhibition Notes (PDF)

Press Room

Gallery of Work

Exhibitions at RAM are made possible by:

Platinum Sponsors

Judith and David Flegel Fund
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
A.C. Buhler Family
Andis Foundation
Lucy G. Feller
Ben and Dawn Flegel
Annette Hirsch Family
Dorothy MacVicar
RDK Foundation, Inc.

Jan Serr and John Shannon
Twin Disc, Inc.
Bronze Sponsors

Anonymous
Baird
Susan Boland
Virginia Buhler
Educators Credit Union
Fredrick and Deborah Ganaway
Get Behind the Arts Studio Tour
William A. Guenther
Tom and Sharon Harty
Andrea and Tony Hauser
David and Judy Hecker
Bradley Lynch
Carlotta Miller
Larry and Barbara Newman
The Norbell Foundation
Deb and Willard Walker

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