Tom Rauschke and Kaaren Wiken
Petroglyph Bowl, 1995
Ash and dyed thread
8 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches diameter
Racine Art Museum, Gift of John K. Shannon and Jan Serr
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Open Storage: RAM Showcases Wood 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 five artists—Ronald Kent, Michael Peterson, Tom Rauschke, Kaaren Wiken, and Bob Stocksdale—through multiple examples of their work. This group reflects multiple approaches to wood as a creative medium—whether turning, carving, or, in the case of Rauschke and Wiken, collaborating and introducing other media. While wood is considered one of the five traditional craft media, these works show both historical approaches and new ones—as many artists of the last century have been interested in experimenting with materials, concepts, and forms.

The combination of artists in this show demonstrates how RAM acquires the work of nationally and internationally recognized artists, as well as by those who have called Wisconsin home as they built their artistic reputations.

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Open Storage: RAM Showcases Wood Archives

February 16 – October 3, 2020
Tom Rauschke and Kaaren Wiken
Petroglyph Bowl, 1995
Ash and dyed thread
8 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches diameter
Racine Art Museum, Gift of John K. Shannon and Jan Serr
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 five artists—Ronald Kent, Michael Peterson, Tom Rauschke, Kaaren Wiken, and Bob Stocksdale—through multiple examples of their work. This group reflects multiple approaches to wood as a creative medium—whether turning, carving, or, in the case of Rauschke and Wiken, collaborating and introducing other media. While wood is considered one of the five traditional craft media, these works show both historical approaches and new ones—as many artists of the last century have been interested in experimenting with materials, concepts, and forms.

The combination of artists in this show demonstrates how RAM acquires the work of nationally and internationally recognized artists, as well as by those who have called Wisconsin home as they built their artistic reputations.

MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

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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, Inc.

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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