Variations on Cups from RAM’s Collection
January 27 – August 7, 2021
I have been curated into a show at the Racine Art Museum located in Racine, Wisconsin, a historic community on the shores of Lake Michigan. It is home to the largest contemporary craft collection in North America, and the Wustum Museum of Fine Arts. They are running an exhibit featuring fun and exotic takes on the “Cup.” One of the most intimate vessels known to our species. We use cups every day, measuring, drinking, even holding ones tooth brush.
Unlike the teapot, whose functionality and meaning has been challenged or reframed repeatedly, the cup has not been the source of as many philosophical investigations within the field of contemporary craft. This does not mean it has been marginalized or avoided. In fact, handmade cups are ever popular as serving ware and the cup as a subject continues to be an organizing theme for numerous exhibitions in galleries and museums.-RAM
ARTISTS IN THE EXHIBITION
Wesley Anderegg, Robert Arneson, Jeri Au, Karl F. Borgeson, Cynthia Bringle, Alan Caiger-Smith, Nadeige Choplet, Eugene Deutch, Oliver Doriss, Jack Earl, Lea Embree, Léopold L. Foulem, Willem Gebben, Katherine Gray, Erik Gronborg, Jon Groth, Melanie Guernsey-Leppla, Dorothy Hafner, Tony Hepburn, Steven Hill, Martha A. Holt, Margaret Ponce Israel, Georg Jensen, Geo Lastomirsky, John Leach, Zachery Lechtenberg, Robert Levin, James Makins, Paul Mathieu, Richard Milette, Ron Nagle, Matt Nolen, Donovan Palmquist, Nichibei Potters, Ken Price, Douglass Rankin, ROY (Rosemary Gialamas), Will Ruggles, Judith Salomon, Michael J. Schunke, Yoko Sekino-Bové, Andy Shaw, Peter Shire, Anna Silver, Judith Strong, Toshiko Takaezu, Akio Takamori, Susan Thayer, Rosalyn Tyge, Kurt Wallstab, Patti Warashina, Kurt Weiser, John Whitney, and Irina Zaytceva.