For your consideration, a work on paper by the artist Mary Curtis Ratcliff. The work, xerography on paper, measures 6" x 4" and is signed and dated "Mink Hats" "3/100 2004". The piece is in excellent condition with no damage or repairs. In 2004, Ratcliff explored the world of paper dolls in a series of mixed media works. "By choosing paper doll fashions from the 1940s," the artist says, "I explored my own childhood. I was very lucky. My mother made all my clothes. This taught me how to combine pattern, fabric, lace, buttons to construct a dress that was actually a 3-dimensional object – a wearable sculpture." "In the Land of Paper Dolls, clothes are faceless until they are united with their paper person. Mink Hats depicts one so united, and another still divided." Mary Curtis Ratcliff studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been featured in over twenty solo exhibitions and close to 100 group shows and is represented in the collections of the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco and the Oakland Museum of California. The work being offered is of an early edition number from the series.
2008 New Pacific Studio, Masterton, New Zealand 2005 Moulin à Nef, Auvillar, France 2000 Gentoshiya, Shimabara, Japan 1999 Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA 1997 Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA
Oakland Museum of California Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts
2012 Divine; A Miscellany of Timeless Works, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA
2011 Encounters with Light, Mercury 20, Oakland, CA.
2010 Small Worlds... and Large, Mercury 20, Oakland, CA.
2009 Patterns of Emergence, Hess Gallery, Chestnut Hill, MA.
2006 Arborescence, Art Scape Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
2005 Surface Fancy, Craft & Cultural Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA
2004 Dolls & Goddesses, Pro Arts East Bay Open Studios, Berkeley, CA Traveling West, Berkeley Arts Festival, Berkeley, CA
2003 Small Celebrations, Southern Coos Hospital & Medical Center, Bandon, OR
2001 Transfer of Memory, Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2000 Ten Days in Shimabara, Gentoshiya Gallery, Shimabara, Japan Memory Park, Coal Shed Studio Gallery, Mare Island, CA
1997 Window Dressing, Addison Street Windows, Berkeley, CA
1996 Unlikely Sculpture, Santa Rosa Junior College, Petaluma, CA
1994 On the Wall, Standing Tall, Solano Community College, Suisun, CA Ritual Fashion, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco
1993 University of the Pacific Gallery, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA
1990 Selected Sculptures, 1974-1990, Christopher's Café , Berkeley, CA
1989 Sculptures and Performance Pieces, Sumitomo Bank, San Francisco
1982 Ribbon Sculpture, Sonoma State University, Rhonert Park, CA
1980 New Work, Central Street Studio, San Francisco, CA
1974 Opening Exhibition, San Francisco Women's Art Center, San Francisco, CA
Selected Group Exhibitions
2012 Ancient Lives, Mythos Fine Art and Artifacts, Berkeley, CA
2012 Artists of the West Marin Review 4, Point Reyes Station, CA,
2012 After the Fall, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA
2012 smART phone, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA
2012 Michigan, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA
2012 Videofreex Mayday Realtime, Anthology Film Archive, New York, NY
2012 From Here to There, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA
2011 Sign Language, Mythos Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2011 Shine, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
2011 Natural Vision/Dreams and Apparitions, Mythos Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2011 Of Water, The Bay Model, Sausalito, CA
2011 Small Worlds, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA
2011 Flow Patterns, The Atrium, San Francisco, CA
2011 Mercury Rising, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA
2011 Mississippi Rising, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA
2011 Gendered Images: The Feminine Divine, Doug Adams Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2010 Mercury Multiples: editions of exponential art, Mercury 20, Oakland, CA
2010 Green, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA.
2010 Behind the Curtain: The Unseen, Mythos Fine Art & Artifacts, Berkeley, CA.
2010 Group Exhibition, Mercury 20, Oakland, CA
2010 Journeys, Cheese Factory, Marin, CA
2010 Client Appreciation Show, Warehouse Gallery, Oakland, CA
2010 Process and Place, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
2009 Wood and Water, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA
2009 Foursite, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA
2009 In Focus, North First ArtSpace, San Jose, CA
2009 Not Your Mothers' Paper Dolls, Fingado Gallery, El Cerrito, CA.
2008 Rhode Island School of Design Biennial, Oakland, CA
2008 Chosen Terrain, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA
2007 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery Art Scape Gallery, Walnut Creek
2006 Art Scape Gallery, Walnut Creek
2005 22nd Annual Berkeley Art Center National Juried Exhibition (Curators: Karin Breuer and Don Farnsworth)
2004 Group Show, Don Soker Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2003 Sweet Tooth, Copia: The American Center for Food, Wine, and the Arts, Napa (catalog) Food Matters, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York The Big Tree Project, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA.
2001 Galerie Dukan, Marseille, France Steamie Crème with No Theme, 600 Townsend Gallery, San Francisco (curator: René di Rosa) Groupe Mémoires, Galerie Dukan, Marseille, France (catalog) Fantastic Landscape, Schneider Gallery, Chicago
2000 International Group Show, Osaka, Japan Pacific Rim Sculptors Group Exhibition (curator: Ruth Braunstein), San Francisco Yellow:The First Color, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
1999 What is Art for? The Oakland Museum of California, Oakland (curator: William Wiley) Making Change:100 Artists Interpret the Tzedakah Box, Jewish Museum, S.F. (catalog) ProArts Juried Annual, Oakland (curators: Peter Selz & Rachel Osajima) Through the Door Revisited:5th Annual Members' Show, Pacific Rim Sculptors Group, S.F.
1998 feed, San Francisco Camerawork, San Francisco fem´ -i-nie, n... womankind, 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL (catalog) 14th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Berkeley Art Center, CA (curator: Janet Bishop) Pacific Rim Sculptors Group Members' Exhibition, San Francisco Shadows 2000, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR
1997 Generations: 25 Years of A.I.R. Gallery, A.I.R. Gallery, New York Surveying the First Decade: Video Art and Alternative Media in the United States, SFMOMA Humor, Parody, Irony, & Satire, Contract Design Center, San Francisco Pacific Rim Sculptors Group Exhibition, Chapline Gallery, Stinson Beach, CA Carving the Forces of Change, Women's Caucus For Art National 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL (curator: Faith Ringgold)
1996 5th Annual Juried Luggage Exhibition: Psychic, Spiritual, Physical and/or Emotional Baggage, 509 Cultural Center/The Luggage Store, San Francisco Homages, Center for the Visual Arts, Oakland Fantastic Fibers, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY (catalog)
1995 In Three Dimensions: Women Sculptors of the '90s, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY (catalog) Waste Not, Want Not, Waitakere Arts & Cultural Centre, Titirangi, New Zealand Wind and Weather, Contract Design Center, San Francisco Envoys, Association of Women Artists Postcard Project 1993-
1995 National Library, Wellington, New Zealand Pandora's Box—Hope Capsule 3000, with Kati Casida, Dept. of Anthropology, U.C., Berkeley We Are All Connected, Sunrise Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco
1994 Pacific Rim Sculptors Group, Syntex Gallery, Palo Alto Mirror, Mirror: Gender Roles & the Historical Significance of Beauty, Oliver Art Center, Ca. College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland People & Fashion/People & Clothes, Phase 3, Windows on the Waterfront, Oakland
1993 Crocker-Kingsley Annual, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA Vessels, The Upper Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
1992 Her Art Works, Women's Caucus for Art National Competition, South Bend Art Center, South Bend, IN (curator: Lynda Benglis) Artists Equity International Exhibition, Spectrum Gallery, San Francisco Abstract Traditions, Claudia Chapline Gallery, Stinson Beach, CA Telling Stories, Prieto Gallery, Mills College, Oakland 500 Years of Resistance through Women's Eyes, Galería Museo/Mission Cultural Center, S.F.
1991 A.M.D.G., Grace Cathedral, San Francisco (curated by Terrain Gallery) 1990 Pro Arts Annual Juried Exhibition, Oakland, CA (curator: Jacquelyn Bass)
1989 American Documentary Video: Subject to Change, Museum of Modern Art, NY; SFMOMA
1984 Expo 2000, Wearable Art Exhibition, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael, CA
1983 The Invention of Hair Spray, Santa Rosa, CA
1982 One Painter, One Sculptor, Crown Zellerbach Gallery, S.F.
1981 The Exchange Show, San Francisco/West Berlin, Germany The Western Edge, Northern California Women's Caucus for the Arts Exhibition, S.F
1980 International Women's Art Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark Women's Myth and Ritual, Salon Cerridwen, New York City
1979 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Syntex Gallery, Palo Alto, CA Shidoni Outdoor Sculpture Show, Tesuque, New Mexico
1978 Sculptural Variations, Center for the Visual Arts, Oakland, CA The Great Goddess Re-Emerging, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA Soap Box Derby, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Santa Fe Art Festival, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1977 Opening Exhibition, Center for the Visual Arts, Oakland, CA The Great Goddess, Skylight Studio, Berkeley, CA On Color, The Exploratorium, San Francisco Flags, Banners and Kites, Allied Arts, Seattle, WA
1976 San Francisco Art Festival, Civic Center, San Francisco Floating Museum, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco
1975 Soap Box Derby, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Awakening, Oakland Museum, CA Introductions, San Francisco Art Institute San Francisco Art Festival, Civic Center, San Francisco
1974 Installation, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco
1973 Potrero Hill Artists' Show, San Francisco
1972 Alternate Media Conference, Goddard College, Goddard, VT Daze of Syracuse, Past, Present and Future, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
1971 Sundance Ceremony, Museum of Modern Art, New York
1970 Vision and Television, Billy Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, MA
1969 Subject to Change, pilot program for CBS Television, Videofreex, New York
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