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Racine, WI     October 9, 2011
To Wear or Not to Wear?
RAM Highlights Artist-made Garments
and Objects of Adornment that Question Wearability

Marjorie Schick, Armlets (front), 2011, Painted canvas, wood and thread, Collection of the Artist, Photography by Gary Pollmiller
To immerse the Racine Art Museum in color and pattern this fall, Curator of Exhibitions Lena Vigna organized To Wear or Not to Wear. This compelling exhibition showcases artist-made garments and objects of adornment that are both wearable and non-wearable. Now open through February 19, 2012, visitors will marvel at a dress constructed of ceiling tin, a collar of airbrushed aluminum and shoes made of discarded lottery tickets.

Combining aesthetic and conceptual choices that play with or complement the idea of wearability, the five artists whose works are featured emphasize the body as a site
of theatricality and display. Each uses color and/or pattern as a compositional element, allowing motifs to almost overtake or merge with the landscape of the body itself. These sculptural works challenge our ideas of what clothing and jewelry can be while simultaneously underscoring the social and cultural dimensions of costume and dress.

The exhibition includes the work of emerging and established artists from various backgrounds including metalsmithing, sculpture, fiber, and commercial photography: Daniel Jocz (Massachusetts), Kay Khan (New Mexico), John Petrey (Tennessee), Marjorie Schick (Kansas) and Rebecca Siemering (Rhode Island).

To Wear or Not to Wear is made possible at Racine Art Museum by: Presenting Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, RAM Society Members, Jay Price Ruffo, S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. and Windgate Charitable Foundation; Gold Sponsors - Helen Bader Foundation, Inc., National Endowment for the Arts, Racine Community Foundation, Inc. and Racine United Arts Fund; Silver Sponsors - Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, W.T. Walker Group, Inc. and Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors - Clifton Gunderson LLP, CNH America LLC, Educators Credit Union, In Sink Erator, Knight-Barry Title, Inc., Real Racine and Runzheimer Foundation.


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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