Mary Curtis Ratcliff  "Mink Hats" 2004Mary Curtis Ratcliff  "Mink Hats" 2004

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.

Exhibition History


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

Solo Exhibitions:

Divine; A Miscellany of Timeless Works, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA

Encounters with Light, Mercury 20, Oakland, CA.

Small Worlds... and Large, Mercury 20, Oakland, CA.

Patterns of Emergence, Hess Gallery, Chestnut Hill, MA.

Arborescence, Art Scape Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

Surface Fancy, Craft & Cultural Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA

Dolls & Goddesses, Pro Arts East Bay Open Studios, Berkeley, CA
Traveling West, Berkeley Arts Festival, Berkeley, CA

Small Celebrations, Southern Coos Hospital & Medical Center, Bandon, OR

Transfer of Memory, Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA

Ten Days in Shimabara, Gentoshiya Gallery, Shimabara, Japan
Memory Park, Coal Shed Studio Gallery, Mare Island, CA

Window Dressing, Addison Street Windows, Berkeley, CA

Unlikely Sculpture, Santa Rosa Junior College, Petaluma, CA

On the Wall, Standing Tall, Solano Community College, Suisun, CA Ritual Fashion, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco

University of the Pacific Gallery, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA

Selected Sculptures, 1974-1990, Christopher's Café , Berkeley, CA

Sculptures and Performance Pieces, Sumitomo Bank, San Francisco

Ribbon Sculpture, Sonoma State University, Rhonert Park, CA

New Work, Central Street Studio, San Francisco, CA

Opening Exhibition, San Francisco Women's Art Center, San Francisco, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

Ancient Lives, Mythos Fine Art and Artifacts, Berkeley, CA

Artists of the West Marin Review 4, Point Reyes Station, CA,

After the Fall, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA

smART phone, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA

Michigan, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA

Videofreex Mayday Realtime, Anthology Film Archive, New York, NY

From Here to There, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA

Sign Language, Mythos Gallery, Berkeley, CA

Shine, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

Natural Vision/Dreams and Apparitions, Mythos Gallery, Berkeley, CA

Of Water, The Bay Model, Sausalito, CA

Small Worlds, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA

Flow Patterns, The Atrium, San Francisco, CA

Mercury Rising, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA

Mississippi Rising, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA

Gendered Images: The Feminine Divine, Doug Adams Gallery, Berkeley, CA

Mercury Multiples: editions of exponential art, Mercury 20, Oakland, CA

Green, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA.

Behind the Curtain: The Unseen, Mythos Fine Art & Artifacts, Berkeley, CA.

Group Exhibition, Mercury 20, Oakland, CA

Journeys, Cheese Factory, Marin, CA

Client Appreciation Show, Warehouse Gallery, Oakland, CA

Process and Place, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

Wood and Water, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA

Foursite, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA

In Focus, North First ArtSpace, San Jose, CA

Not Your Mothers' Paper Dolls, Fingado Gallery, El Cerrito, CA.

Rhode Island School of Design Biennial, Oakland, CA

Chosen Terrain, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery
Art Scape Gallery, Walnut Creek

Art Scape Gallery, Walnut Creek

22nd Annual Berkeley Art Center National Juried Exhibition (Curators: Karin Breuer and Don Farnsworth)

Group Show, Don Soker Gallery, San Francisco, CA

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.

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

International Group Show, Osaka, Japan
Pacific Rim Sculptors Group Exhibition (curator: Ruth Braunstein), San Francisco
Yellow:The First Color, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

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.

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

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)

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)

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-

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

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

Crocker-Kingsley Annual, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
Vessels, The Upper Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

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.

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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