This Windows on Fifth exhibition is a visual summary of the art and architecture that helped shape the early chapters of Racine Art Museum, blending objects from RAM's holdings with photographs of both the building designed by Brininstool + Lynch and the galleries filled with art.
Part of the RAM Showcase exhibition series, Focus on Clay centers on the work of artists of color and those represented here specifically reflect a range of artistic practices and approaches. Taken collectively, these objects represent multiple decades of working with clay.
Now in its 57th year, the exhibition was started in 1966 to honor the depth and breadth of watercolor in the State of Wisconsin.
Drawn entirely from RAM’s collection, this exhibition—and the one that replaces it in the fall—highlights artists that repurpose materials originally intended for a use other than art.
Comprised of pieces spanning multiple decades—specifically 1977 – 2006—the archive features various types of photographs. This exhibition debuts selections from the archive in stages—consecutively showcasing the Nagatani/Ryoichi Excavations Series, Chromatherapy Series, and works related to nuclear power.
In the late 1940s, contemporary glass production was given new energy as Frances and Michael Higgins reinvigorated the ancient practice of glass fusing. Racine Art Museum recently established an archive collection of 75 works created collaboratively and individually by the Higginses.
On the surface, Gathering Voices is a cursory, media-specific look at 20 years of building RAM’s collection. Yet, with an emphasis on works acquired in the last five to seven years, it also highlights critical and more expansive directions to be taken.