Opening October 22, 2009, in the Roger C. Cornell Rotunda Gallery and Barbara Joy Marriott Wilcox Grand Staircase.
Among the most respected designer craftsmen in her field, San Diego artist Arline Fisch has had a long, distinguished career as a maker of jewelry and body adornment and is recognized as an innovator in adapting and applying fiber techniques to working in metal. Fisch is professor of art (emerita) at San Diego State University where she founded its program in jewelry and metalsmithing in 1961. She has often made large-scale jewelry and adornment that occupies large portions of the body, but this is her first major installation – life-sized re-creations of specific jellyfish species and other objects that suggest sea anemones and coral – more than one hundred, fifty objects, all crocheted from color-coated copper wire.
The sea creatures were created for a site-specific installation entitled Arline Fisch: Creatures from the Deep commissioned by the Racine Art Museum, where they were grouped in six adjacent window spaces. At Mingei International, they will float in the Cornell Rotunda Gallery. The exhibition continues through Sunday, May 16, 2010.
In conjuction with the exhibition, The Collectors’ Gallery will feature jewelry and books by Arline Fisch.
This exhibition will be complimented by TRANSFORMED BY FIRE — June Schwarcz Enamel Vessels in the Upper Rotunda Gallery.
This exhibition is made possible by Racine Art Museum Premiere Sponsors: Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, SC Johnson, and Members of the RAM Society.
Photos: Michael Tropea, Racine Art Museum
Collection Source: Collection of the Artist
Recycled and Embroidered Textiles of Bengal
Featuring approximately 40 kantha (decorative stitched quilting made from recycled sari) from the Museum's permanent collection.