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, Racine

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.

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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, Racine

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

Press Room

Gallery of Work

Platinum Sponsors
Anonymous
Nicholas and Nancy Kurten
Windgate Foundation

Diamond Sponsors
National Endowment for the Arts
Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation
Ruffo Family Foundation

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

Media Sponsors

Wisconsin Public Radio

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