The Baltimore Museum of Art
and Seattle Art Museum have co-organized the 50-year career retrospective of artist Joyce J. Scott, one of the most significant artists of our time. Best known for her virtuosic use of beads and glass, Scott has upended hierarchies of art and craft across a spectrum of media over the course of five decadesfrom her woven tapestries and soft sculpture of the 1970s and audacious performances and wearable art in the 1980s to sculptures of astonishing formal ingenuity and social force from the late 1970s to the present moment. The artists works across all media beguile viewers with beauty and humor while confronting racism, sexism, ecological devastation, and complex family dynamics.
Joyce J. Scott: Walk a Mile in My Dreams was developed in close dialogue with the Baltimore-based artist and her collaborators to reveal the full breadth of Scotts singular vision through more than 120 objects from public and private collections across the United States. The exhibition will encompass significant examples of the artists sculptureboth stand-alone and wearable piecesalongside performance footage, garments, prints, and materials from Scotts personal archive. The exhibition will also feature a newly commissioned installation currently in development and an expansive scholarly catalog.
Joyce J. Scott: Walk a Mile in My Dreams will be presented in Baltimore as a special ticketed exhibition from March 24, through July 14, 2024, and in Seattle from October 17, 2024, through January 20, 2025. It is co-curated by Cecilia Wichmann, BMA Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, and Catharina Manchanda, SAM Jon and Mary Shirley Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, with support from Leslie Rose, Joyce J. Scott Curatorial Research Assistant.
Joyce J. Scott is a living legend and a pillar of Baltimores artistic community, whose multi-disciplinary practice has a profound effect on everyone who encounters it, said Asma Naeem, the BMAs Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director. The BMA has had the honor of engaging audiences with Scotts work for many years through exhibitions, public programs, and acquisitions. We are absolutely thrilled to partner with the Seattle Art Museum to present this comprehensive exhibition that highlights the remarkable range of her career and celebrates the passion, vision, and innovative spirit that pervades her work.