Rockford Art Museum opens ‘Human Touch'

“The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Dain Rauscher Art Collection” goes on display at Rockford Art Museum (RAM) starting Oct. 20 and runs through Jan. 7, 2007.

Stimulating, challenging and diverse are a few of the adjectives that have been used to describe the collection of RBC Dain Rauscher. For 15 years, RBC Dain has collected and presented art that reflects the contemporary society in which we live and work. The corporate collection, which is displayed at the firm’s headquarters in Minneapolis, has grown to more than 400 pieces. Thirty-eight of those works comprise an art tour, “The Human Touch,” which is visiting cities across the country where RBC Dain offices are located.

The collection, which was started by RBC Dain Chairman Irv Weiser, focuses on people and diversity. With human figuration as its focus, the collection ranges from serious to whimsical and from realistic to abstract.

The pieces in the exhibition were chosen as a representation of the whole collection, and include a unique selection of contemporary art by Tony Berlant, Willie Birch, Chuck Close, Jim Dine, Salomon Huerta, Dinh Q. Le, Roy Lichtenstein, Kerry James Marshall, Vik Muniz, Claudette Schreuders, T.L. Sollien and Carrie Mae Weems.

RAM is inside Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St. The exhibition begins Friday, Oct. 20, with two events that are free and open to the public—a preview gallery walk (4:30-5:30 p.m.) and public opening (7-8:30 p.m.).

RAM’s regular gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday (until 7 p.m. Thursday), and noon-5 p.m., Sunday. Adult admission is $5, seniors $3. No admission fee for RAM members, students or children.

From the Oct. 18-24, 2006, issue

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