Racine Art Museum

Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
Trip End Oct 14, 2011

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

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My first stop today was the Racine Art Museum in Racine, WI, which is known as one of the best contemporary craft museums in the country.

All the galleries in the museum were dedicated to three temporary exhibits so I didn't get to see any of their permanent collection except for a few of their pieces that were in the shows.  None of the shows included furniture, my main area of interest. 

The three temporary shows were "Michael Peterson: Evolution / Revolution" featuring works spanning 20 years from his early turned wood pieces to his later more sculptural work, "Pocket Guide to New Zealand Jewelry" with works by 16 contemporary jewelers and "Field of Vision: Artists Explore Place" where I noticed that one of the pieces of jewelry was donated to the museum by a friend of mine.  It's a small world. 

The museum seems to deserve its reputation as a great contemporary craft museum.  I was disappointed that they didn't have any furniture on display but I found out that they have had Wendell Castle and Albert Paley shows in the recent past.  I'll have to check their current exhibition calendar before I go back.

Since I was in town, I figured I'd also visit the Charles A. Wustum Museum. It's an older museum than the Racine Art Museum. Most of the gallery space there was also dedicated to temporary exhibits. All works on view were by local artists.  There wasn't much of interest to me.

I then drove to Bridgeview, IL where I'll be staying while I'm in the Chicago area.
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