This Art Exhibition Puts a Twist on Zodiac Signs

“David R. Harper: Zodiac” is on view at the Racine Art Museum.

Personally, I don’t put much stock into the world of astrology – typical Libra, I know. Nonetheless, I was curious to see the “David R. Harper: Zodiac” exhibition, on view at the Racine Art Museum (441 Main St.,).

All of the astrological signs are represented in forms of their signature symbols, but each with a twist. A cast silver crab nested in a leaded glass box symbolizes Cancer, tanned fish leather vases represent Pisces and a show-stopping black rubber lion head with a flowy white mane and no eyes marks Leo. Steel, embroidery and wood are some of the other materials represented in the works, and it’s the first time all of them have been part of the same exhibition.

Aquarius from the Zodiac Series, 2018 by David R. Harper; Photo by Rich Maciejewski
Scorpio from the Zodiac Series, 2018 by David R. Harper; Photo by Rich Maciejewski



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A welcome note encourages museumgoers “to see themselves” in the 12 sculptures featured in the show, and I took that to heart as I stood beneath Libra’s signature “scales of justice,” in this case portrayed as a mobile. The piece called for balance, but the two porcelain hands couldn’t hold it all – an effective way to trouble us air signs. 

Regardless of how you feel about astrology, Harper’s work makes for interesting viewing. Catch the show while you still can, through Feb. 11.


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Alli Watters is the digital and culture editor at Milwaukee Magazine. That means that in addition to running this website, she covers art, entertainment, style, home and more for the magazine. It also means she doesn't sleep much.