George Edgar Ohr
Doubled Handled Vase, ca. 1900
Glazed earthenware
4 1/2 x 3 inches diameter
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Devra Miller Breslow
Photography: Jon Bolton

Precedents: Past Meets Present in Contemporary Glass and Clay

February 9 – September 24, 2022
at Racine Art Museum

Artists gather influences from an almost endless variety of sources including cultural, social, and historical people, places, and ideas, as well as personal experiences and perspectives, and, last but not least, the work of other artists and other creatives. Whether or not an individual contemporary artist is directly inspired by an object or image from the past, it can be useful to compare and contrast recently made work with older similar examples. This kind of juxtaposition offers new contexts for understanding how motifs resurface regularly through generations, how much variety is possible within the dynamic of objects made in a certain material of relative size, and how artists might look at each other’s work for inspiration.

While RAM has an array of work in the collection, this particular exhibition was spurred by the recent acquisition of a number of nineteenth-century glass goblets and mid-twentieth-century ceramic vessels. A selection of contemporary goblets—part of a gift of more than 100 works from various artists—will be paired with historic pieces. The goblets of Frtiz Dreisbach and James Minson, to name just two, reflect contemporary approaches that incorporate tradition yet also expand upon it. Small-scale ceramics including vases and bowls from early-twentieth-century producers—such as Van Briggle Pottery and Weller Pottery—are paired with works from later in the century. These contemporary works include brilliantly-colored Feelies from Rose Cabat and a patterned vessel from Acoma Pueblo maker, Margaret Ascencio.

More About the Exhibition

Exhibition Notes (PDF)

Press Room

Artists in the Exhibition

Nancy Y. Adams, Margaret Ascencio, Suzan Benzle and Donavon Boutz, Rose Cabat, Nik Christensen and Sean Bradley, Tom and Elaine Coleman, Brad Copping, R. Corrie and Union Street Glass, Edward Richard Cromey, Roseline Delisle, Fritz Dreisbach, Kishi Eiko, Tracy Glover, Peter Greenwood, Theophil Hansen, Ola Höglund, R. Jason Howard, Margaret Ponce Israel, Bennett Jordan and Karen Gilbert, Karen Karnes, Cliff Lee, Peter Lenzo, Eileen Lewenstein, Harvey K. Littleton, James Lovera, Phillip Maberry, Warren MacKenzie, Dante Marioni, Richard Marquis, Maria Martinez, Elizabeth Ryland Mears, Mettlach Factory, James Minson, Ludwig Moser & Sons, Margaret Neher, George Edgar Ohr, Kayo O’Young, Joseph Pagano, Elio Quarisa, Rito Talavera Quezada, Roseville Pottery, Harvey Sadow, Herbert Sanders, Charles Savoie, Stephen Smyers, Robert W. Stephan, Randy Strong, Boyd Sugiki, Natalie Surving, Akio Takamori, Tiffany & Co., Cesare Toffolo, Van Briggle Pottery, Weller Pottery, William Wilhelmi, Jade Snow Wong, Beatrice Wood, and Irina Zaytceva

Precedents: Past Meets Present in Contemporary Glass and Clay

February 9 – September 24, 2022
at Racine Art Museum
George Edgar Ohr
Doubled Handled Vase, ca. 1900
Glazed earthenware
4 1/2 x 3 inches diameter
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Devra Miller Breslow
Photography: Jon Bolton

Artists gather influences from an almost endless variety of sources including cultural, social, and historical people, places, and ideas, as well as personal experiences and perspectives, and, last but not least, the work of other artists and other creatives. Whether or not an individual contemporary artist is directly inspired by an object or image from the past, it can be useful to compare and contrast recently made work with older similar examples. This kind of juxtaposition offers new contexts for understanding how motifs resurface regularly through generations, how much variety is possible within the dynamic of objects made in a certain material of relative size, and how artists might look at each other’s work for inspiration.

While RAM has an array of work in the collection, this particular exhibition was spurred by the recent acquisition of a number of nineteenth-century glass goblets and mid-twentieth-century ceramic vessels. A selection of contemporary goblets—part of a gift of more than 100 works from various artists—will be paired with historic pieces. The goblets of Frtiz Dreisbach and James Minson, to name just two, reflect contemporary approaches that incorporate tradition yet also expand upon it. Small-scale ceramics including vases and bowls from early-twentieth-century producers—such as Van Briggle Pottery and Weller Pottery—are paired with works from later in the century. These contemporary works include brilliantly-colored Feelies from Rose Cabat and a patterned vessel from Acoma Pueblo maker, Margaret Ascencio.

More About the Exhibition

Exhibition Notes (PDF)

Press Room

Artists in the Exhibition

Nancy Y. Adams, Margaret Ascencio, Suzan Benzle and Donavon Boutz, Rose Cabat, Nik Christensen and Sean Bradley, Tom and Elaine Coleman, Brad Copping, R. Corrie and Union Street Glass, Edward Richard Cromey, Roseline Delisle, Fritz Dreisbach, Kishi Eiko, Tracy Glover, Peter Greenwood, Theophil Hansen, Ola Höglund, R. Jason Howard, Margaret Ponce Israel, Bennett Jordan and Karen Gilbert, Karen Karnes, Cliff Lee, Peter Lenzo, Eileen Lewenstein, Harvey K. Littleton, James Lovera, Phillip Maberry, Warren MacKenzie, Dante Marioni, Richard Marquis, Maria Martinez, Elizabeth Ryland Mears, Mettlach Factory, James Minson, Ludwig Moser & Sons, Margaret Neher, George Edgar Ohr, Kayo O’Young, Joseph Pagano, Elio Quarisa, Rito Talavera Quezada, Roseville Pottery, Harvey Sadow, Herbert Sanders, Charles Savoie, Stephen Smyers, Robert W. Stephan, Randy Strong, Boyd Sugiki, Natalie Surving, Akio Takamori, Tiffany & Co., Cesare Toffolo, Van Briggle Pottery, Weller Pottery, William Wilhelmi, Jade Snow Wong, Beatrice Wood, and Irina Zaytceva

Sample of Work in the Exhibition

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Installation View

Exhibitions at RAM are made possible by:

Platinum Sponsors

The Estate of Karen Johnson Boyd
David Charak
Judith and David Flegel Fund
Ron and Judith Isaacs
Nicholas and Nancy Kurten
Racine Community Foundation logo
Windgate Foundation

Diamond Sponsors

City of Racine’s Grow Racine Grant
Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation
Ruffo Family Foundation
Ruth Arts Foundation

Gold Sponsors

Anonymous
Tom and Irene Creecy
Richard and Patricia Ehlert
Trio Foundation of St. Louis
W.T. Walker Group, Inc.
Wisconsin Arts Board

Silver Sponsors

Anonymous
Baird
Beta Diagnostic Labs
A.C. Buhler Family
Lucy G. Feller
Ben and Dawn Flegel
Jim Harris
Sharon and Tom Harty
Horizon Retail Construction, Inc.
Lise Iwon
J. Jeffers & Co.
Johnson Financial Group
Dorothy MacVicar
Jan Serr and John Shannon

Bronze Sponsors

Ellen and Joseph Albrecht
Andis Foundation
Susan Boland
Virginia Buhler
Dave’s Wine Garage
Educators Credit Union
Express Employment Professionals
Bill and Debbie Keland
Susan Manalli
Jean and Alex Mandli, Jr.
The Prairie School
Cathy Stanghellin
Twin Disc, Inc.

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