In an anthropological context, the history of ceramics is most often associated with function. In an art historical framework, clay underwent a revolution in the mid-twentieth century as more and more artists were pushing its boundaries in theory, concept, and form. This encouraged a shift away from function and towards concept-based sculpture and explorations of material. Presently, artists flex their artistic muscle at will—using clay to create functional or sculptural work as they choose and investigating clay on historical, personal, social, and cultural terms as well as practical and material ones.
As a RAM Showcase exhibition, Focus on Clay centers on the work of artists of color and those represented here specifically reflect a range of artistic practices and approaches. Taken collectively, these objects represent multiple decades of working with clay.
Open now through May 25, 2024.
- June 14, 2023 - May 25, 2024
- every week on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until May 25, 2024
- Location: 2519 Northwestern Ave., RAM's Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, WI
- Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM