The John Michael Kohler Arts Center exhibits objects from the artist’s 2,600 object home collection.
The John Michael Kohler Arts Center exhibits objects from the artist’s 2,600 object home collection.
September 26

Wisconsin Museum Celebrates Longtime SAIC Professor Ray Yoshida

On September 18 the Sheboygan Press announced the opening of Ray Yoshida’s Museum of Extraordinary Values at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, an exhibition showcasing the work and home collections of the influential artist. Yoshida (BFA 1953), who taught at SAIC for nearly four decades, is identified as a major influencer of forward-thinking artists like the Chicago imagists. In addition to his own work—collage, oils, prints, and drawings—he amassed a wide-ranging home collection, which includes works by artists Martin Ramirez, Karl Wirsum (BFA 1961), Joseph Yoakum, and Roger Brown (BFA 1968, MFA 1970) as well as self-taught artists and thrift store treasures. The exhibition, curated by alumna Karen Patterson (MA 2012), showcases the 2,600-object collection for the first time since Yoshida’s death in 2009. The collection also served as the inspiration for The Open Eye, five additional exhibitions that aim to “stretch viewers’ ability to receive the messages conveyed through imagery found in our everyday surroundings, much as Yoshida did.” Ray Yoshida’s Museum of Extraordinary Treasures runs through February 2. The Open Eye runs through March 2. SAIC recently honored Yoshida with the 2010 Sullivan Galleries exhibition Touch and Go: Ray Yoshida and His Spheres of Influence, named “likely the best show of the year in Chicago” by veteran gallerist and critic Paul Klein of the Huffington Post, and “best art exhibit in the last year” in Newcity’s Best of Chicago Issue.