Racine, WI    December 10, 2014
Racine Art Museum Presents 

In-Depth: Sergei Isupov


Open February 23 through June 8, 2014, Collection Focus: Sergei Isupov is a mid-career retrospective for an innovative artist who has pushed the theoretical and narrative possibilities of clay. Featuring over 20 works in both two and three dimensions, this exhibition offers a rich visual catalogue of what Isupov has produced to date. In addition, the show reflects the passion and generosity of individual donors who have supported the artist and helped to build RAM's groundbreaking collection of provocative works in clay.  

Sergei IsupovTo Fish, 2011

Glazed porcelain

Racine Art Museum, Gift of David and Jacqueline Charak

Photography: John Polak

Interested in exploring the dynamics of human relationships, Sergei Isupov (born Stravapol, Russia, 1963) has found a distinctive artistic voice combining two-dimensional narrative with three-dimensional ceramic form. Imbuing his work with social, cultural, and personal history, Isupov investigates the dynamics of the human condition through complex and compelling compositions. Figures in all states of dress or undress-often in isolated or abstracted landscapes-morph and shift as animals become part human or vice-versa.


Works on paper-whether charcoal, gouache, or prints-extend Isupov's investigations and allow him to further play with composition and content.


The staging of this exhibition coincides with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) annual conference being hosted in Milwaukee, March 19-22, 2014.


Additionally, an illustrated 24-page booklet with scholarly text addressing Isupov's personal and cultural history as well as his career development and significance to the field will accompany the exhibition.


This exhibition is made possible in part by: Presenting Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd; SC Johnson; Windgate Charitable Foundation; Gold Sponsors - Sam and Gene Johnson Fund; National Endowment for the Arts; Racine United Arts Fund; Silver Sponsors - Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation; W.T. Walker Group, Inc.; Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors - 88NINE Radio Milwaukee; CNH America LLC; Corner House; Craft in America PBS Series; E.C. Styberg Foundation, Inc.; Educators Credit Union; In Sink Erator; Miracle on Canal Street; The Norbell Foundation; Perimeter Gallery, Chicago; Real Racine; Ruud Family Foundation; Carol C. Saunders.


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.

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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