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Press Release                                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Racine, WI     October 11, 2010

Mariko Kusumoto: Unfolding Stories
at the Racine Art Museum
Mariko Kusumoto
Mariko Kusumoto, Shizuoka Ekiben (Boxed Lunch), 2006
Collection of the Kamm Foundation, Photography: Dean Powell
The Racine Art Museum is pleased to present the metalwork of Japanese artist Mariko
Kusumoto. Open October 24, 2010 through January 23, 2011, Mariko Kusumoto: Unfolding Stories features her extraordinary and intricate metal sculptures of music boxes
and other constructions.

Each object can be presented as closed boxes and containers or opened and manipulated so that their stories "unfold." The narrative potential is even more complex as many elements are created in the form of brooches, necklaces and bracelets that can be worn, and thus seen in a wholly different light.

These metal sculptural boxes reflect Kusumoto's Japanese identity and influences from
her childhood. As the artist suggests, "Growing up in a 400-year old Buddhist temple, I was always surrounded by the beauty of nature and ancient things...I was also fascinated by the elaborate metal and wood ornaments...throughout the temple."

Accompanying Unfolding Stories is a 30-page exhibition catalogue that includes text from the artist and images of many of the works on display. Published by Mobilia Gallery, this softbound catalogue is available from the RAM Museum Store for $30. Copies may be reserved by calling 262.638.8200.

Mariko Kusumoto: Unfolding Stories is organized by Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA.

The presentation of this exhibition at the Racine Art Museum is made possible by:
Presenting Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, RAM Society Members, S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., The Hearst Foundation, Inc., and Windgate Charitable Foundation; Gold Sponsors - National Endowment for the Arts, Racine United Arts Fund, Helen Bader Foundation, Inc., The Richard and Ethel Herzfeld Foundation, and Wisconsin Arts Board; Silver Sponsors - Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation and Real Racine; Bronze Sponsors - Clifton Gunderson LLP, E.C. Styberg Foundation, Inc., Friends of Fiber Art International, and Midwest Contemporary Glass Art Group.


Together, the two campuses of the Racine Art Museum, RAM in downtown Racine at 441 Main Street and the Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts at 2519 Northwestern Avenue, seek to elevate the stature of contemporary crafts to that of fine art by exhibiting significant works in craft media with painting, sculpture and photography, while providing outstanding educational art programming.

Docent led contemporary craft and architectural tours of the museums are available. Both campuses of the Racine Art Museum, are open to the public Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, and are closed Mondays, Federal holidays and Easter. RAM is open Sunday Noon - 5:00 pm, while Wustum is closed Sundays. An admission fee of $5 for adults, with reduced fees for students and seniors, applies at RAM. Admission to Wustum is free. Members are always admitted without charge to either campus.

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For more information or to request images, please contact:

Laura Gillespie
RAM Marketing Assistant
262.638.8300 x 114