Racine, WI     February 13, 2013  

The Racine Art Museum 
the Use of Black and White


One of a series of exhibitions at the Racine Art Museum showcasing work dominated by a black and white color scheme. Open February 24 through May 5, 2013, Stark Contrasts: Black and White Ceramics from RAM's Collection juxtaposes ceramic sculpture from the last 40 years that are in tones of black or white. This show offers a selection that includes established artists, who RAM has collected in depth, as well as emerging talents of the ceramic sculpture scene.


Richard Notkin, Heart Teapot: Ironclad Hostage - Yixing Series, 1988

Stoneware, Racine Art Museum, The Donna Moog Teapot Collection

Photography: Michael Tropea, Chicago

Whether narrative scenes or abstract forms, the sculptures featured in Stark Contrasts explore the formal and metaphoric potential of intense color and dramatic contrasts. The variety of approaches reflects the innovation and ingenuity of artists working with clay who are investigating the symbolic and practical use of color and dynamic composition.


Artists such as David Regan and Ed Eberle combine detailed black and white imagery with shaped surfaces. Christie Brown and Elizabeth Lurie explore the potential of using all white for narrative or functional forms. At the other end of the spectrum, Irvin Tepper emphasizes blended shades of black and white in his dream-like nonfunctional teapots.


RAM's permanent collection has increased exponentially since the museum's inception in 2003, with hundreds of ceramic works from the mid to late twentieth century forming the basis of an internationally recognized collection.


RAM at 10 | Growing America's Craft Collection
This year marks the Racine Art Museum's 10th Anniversary in Downtown Racine. Visitors are invited to discover stunning exhibitions that shine a light on RAM's achievements over the past decade and predict an even brighter future.

This exhibition is made possible by: Presenting Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, The Estate of Emile H. Mathis II, in Memory of his Parents: Emil H. and Anna T. Mathis, RAM Society Members, S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., Windgate Charitable Foundation; Gold Sponsors - Racine United Arts Fund; Silver Sponsors - Elwood Corporation, Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, Racine Community Foundation, W.T. Walker Group, Inc., Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors - The A.C. Buhler Family, CNH America LLC, E.C. Styberg Foundation, Inc., Educators Credit Union, In Sink Erator, The Marjorie L. Christiansen Foundation, The Norbell Foundation, Real Racine, Robert W. Baird & Co., Runzheimer Foundation, Ruud Family Foundation, and Wisconsin Public Radio.

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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