Artwork cannot be experienced in a vacuum. The meaning of individual pieces can fluctuate and change—not just between what the artist intended and what the viewer sees but also within the dynamics created in the context of a gallery space. Playing with this idea, Vignettes is comprised of several smaller exhibitions of works gathered under various organizing principles or themes—emphasizing specific characteristics of the individual pieces and overall groupings. These groupings are inspired by RAM’s history or collection in different ways—for example, some reference past exhibitions while some highlight time periods, favored pieces, or ideas donors explored. As a vignette is defined as a “brief, evocative description” of a larger entity, each group of this exhibition is a self-contained idea that gives a sense of RAM in a “snapshot” through curatorial eyes.
Celebrating RAM’s 20th anniversary and featuring textiles, art to wear, art jewelry, photography, prints, ceramics, and more, this atypical presentation highlights the range of the permanent collection in its variability of artist voices and backgrounds as well as types of media. Panels next to each sub-theme contain keywords or ribbons of thought that link artworks together. While the words offer curatorial transparency, visitors are encouraged to find their own meaning and potential connections.
Some of the over-arching themes in Vignettes include glamour, black/white, colorful, 1940s/2000s, topical, out of the ordinary, and cosmic.
Please note that because this is a long exhibition showcasing pieces made of fragile materials, some works—and therefore some artists—will be changed midway through.
Artists in the Exhibition
Jackie Abrams, ADÁL, Jeanette Ahlgren, Robert Arneson, Kenojuak Ashevak, Bennett Bean, Norman Bergsman, Jean Bonnie Bishoff, Helen Bitar, Jeffrey Blake, Aaron Bohrod, Barbara Brandel, Christie Brown, Andy Buck, Rose Cabat, Crucita Gonzales Calabaza, Clea Carlsen, Sydney Cash, Wendell Castle, Peter Change, José Chardiet, Sue Coe, Warrington Colescott, Colette, Claire Curneen, Karen Dahl, Roy DeCarava, Dorothy Dehner, Richard Diebenkorn, James Doran, Edward S Eberle, Sandra Enterline, Erman, Gerda Flöckinger, Nora Fok, Francis Ford, Richard Ford, Mary Frank, Azusa Fukawa, Giles Gilson, Gerlad Bentley Gregg, James Groleau, Babs Haenen, Starr Hagenbring, Keiko Hara, William Harper, Barbara Heinrich, Maggie Henton, Yael Herman, Julia Hill, Laurie Hogin, Tina Fung Holder, Jan Hopkins, Mary Lee Hu, Jan Huling, Sergei Isupov, Reika Iwami, Kiyomi Iwata, Syron J.M., Doug Jeck, Rosita Johanson, Ruth Lee Kao, George Fred Keck, Hannah Keefe, Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., Naomi Kobayashi, Nancy Koenigsberg, Geo Lastomirsky, Chunghie Lee, Edmund Lewandowski, Ken Loeber, Truman Lowe, Terence Main, Wendy Maruyama, Beverly Mayeri, Anne E. Miotke, Luis Molinari-Flores, Judy Moonelis, Tomoharu Murakami, Jay Musler, Patrick Nagatani, Madeline Naranjo, Gertrud Natzler, Otto Natzler, Richard Notkin, Amber O’Harrow, Joel Otterson, Mimmo Paladino, Binh Pho, JoAnna Poehlmann, Mary Preston, Seth Randal, Laurence Rathsack, Lisa Reinertson, Jane Sauer, Deidre Scherer, Joyce J. Scott, Ben Shahn, Esther Shimazu, Tommy Simpson, Barbara Lee Smith, Ettore Sottsass, Robert Stackhouse, Jean Stamsta, Dirk Staschke, Therman Statom, Phil Stern, Lino Tagliapietra, Toshiko Takaezu, Irvin S. Tepper, Andrée Tracey, Chiu Tsang-yi, Huang Tsun-ren, Michael Velliquette, Linda Wabanimkee, Jason Walker, Jane Weintraub, Alfred Wertheimer, Anne Wilson, Mary Alice Wimmer, Beatrice Wood, and Eva Zeisel