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Messages by Joyce J. Scott

Exhibition  /  17 Jan 2023  -  23 Jun 2023
Published: 16.01.2023
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Intro
Throughout her illustrious career, Joyce J. Scott has garnered numerous accolades, including a McArthur Fellowship (2016) and four honorary doctorates. To honour Scott for her accomplishments, Mobilia Gallery has organized a travelling exhibition of thirty-five beaded objects by Scott expressing contemporary issues and concepts. Each object is a unique, vibrant, challenging work of art done with imagination, wit, and sly humour. Scott pushes the boundaries of beadwork, reflecting the artist’s narrative of what it means to be Black in America. 

Artist list

Joyce J. Scott
Each remarkable work of art meticulously hand wrought by Joyce J. Scott embodies the messages she hopes to impress upon viewers. Scott crafts wearable art and sculptures to communicate the difficult and ugly issues found throughout society that are often too easy to make invisible. Scott intends for her art to resonate with the viewer through the confrontation and challenging of stereotypes. Art is an important way in which conversations about difficult topics can be initiated and the tactile and personal nature of Scott’s creations invoke a range of responses as she aims to provoke and incite action through her art. Scott wants her messages, her art, to live within viewers, to change them in some way, and cause action to fight against systemic racism, misogyny, and stereotypes.

Joyce J. Scott is a dynamic artist and performer, best known for her use of beadwork as her artistic medium of choice. Scott uses beads to create highly detailed intricate three-dimensional sculptures and neckpieces that are commentaries on a range of subjects: racism, misogyny, equality, her heritage, and much more. Art has always surrounded Scott, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, where she still lives. She grew up learning from and watching her mother, fiber artist Elizabeth Talford Scott, create uniquely stitched quilts, a skill Elizabeth learned from her mother, and she draws greatly on the artistic heritage of her family and culture. Her beadwork uses those traditional techniques to address contemporary issues in a bold and confrontational manner, creating works of art that are both beautiful and significant. Scott was named a MacArthur Fellow, also known as the MacArthur “Genius Grant”, in 2016, solidifying her status as an important contemporary American artist whose creations continue to push artistic boundaries. Each work of art on exhibit speaks to Scott’s ability with such an intricate medium and demonstrates her commitment to using beads to explore the difficult subjects in society that confront Black Americans.

University Museums is honored to include such an important and dynamic artist within the permanent collection. Joyce J. Scott: Messages allows for further exploration of her as an artist and activist, with a survey of her long and successful career in American art and craft.

>> This exhibition is organized by Mobilia Gallery.

Exhibition venues:
- January 17 - April 30, 2023, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums. Iowa State University, Ames, IA.
- June 24 - November 5, 2023, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
- January 28 - June 23, 2024, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

Brunnier Art Museum at Iowa State University kicks off the tour of Joyce J. Scott: Messages and will be open to the public from Tuesday, January 17, through Sunday, April 30, 2023. Admission to the Brunnier Art Museum is free.
Open hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
The museum is closed on Mondays and university holidays, but Iowa State curriculum tours may be scheduled Mondays with two weeks’ notice.

The exhibition is hosted by University Museums with generous support from Frankie and Cal Parrott, Barbara and Roger Bruene, H. Dieter and Renate Dellmann, Sarah Nusser and Michael King, Barbara Woods, and University Museums membership.


Exhibition Programs

Joyce J. Scott Artist Lecture, Tuesday, January 31, 4:00–5:00 p.m.
Virtual on Zoom (Zoom link)
Joyce J. Scott is a dynamic artist, educator, and performer whose beadwork sculptures tell the stories of her world. Learn how her art on view in the Brunnier Art Museum challenges stereotypes and confronts many difficult subjects through the use of glass beads.
 
Exploring the Different Beadwork Techniques of American Indian Peoples: Discussion and Demonstration, Sunday, February 5, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Join Dr Brianna Burke, Associate Professor of American Indian Studies and English, to learn more about the importance of beadwork to multiple American Indian nations. Participants will have the opportunity to try different beading techniques.
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Curator's Tour, Sunday, March 12, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Brunnier Art Museum curator Adrienne Gennett will tour the special exhibition, Joyce J. Scott: Messages, while examining the storytelling found in Scott’s beadwork and traditions of beadwork throughout the world.
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Date Night at the Brunnier Art Museum, Friday, March 24, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Try something new for date night and visit the Brunnier Art Museum to look at art with friends or a special someone.
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Precious Brilliance: Yorùbá Beading and the Artistry of Joyce J. Scott, Wednesday, April 19, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Virtual on Zoom (Zoom link)
Yorùbá people liken beads to children with the saying ìlẹ̀kẹ̀ l’ọmọ – beads are like children, our most precious possession. Beads embellish crowns, garments, and bodies to evoke status, wealth, protection, and good fortune. Inspired by this and other African and global traditions, Joyce J. Scott transforms ancient beaded story-telling with ever-inventive newness, humour, serious playfulness, and power. Lecture presented by Dr. Henry John Drewal, Evjue-Bascom Professor Emeritus of Art History and Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
 
Joyce J. Scott. Neckpiece: He Said What?, 2022. Glass beads, thread, velcro, leather, peyote stitch. 61 x 38.1 x 0.3 cm. Photo by: Jeff Butler. Joyce J. Scott
Neckpiece: He Said What?, 2022
Glass beads, thread, velcro, leather, peyote stitch
61 x 38.1 x 0.3 cm
Photo by: Jeff Butler
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Joyce J. Scott. Object: Mz. Teapot, 2022. Glass beads, plastic beads, thread, wire, armature, woven and peyote stitch. 78.7 x 50.8 x 33 cm. Photo by: Michael Koryta. Joyce J. Scott
Object: Mz. Teapot, 2022
Glass beads, plastic beads, thread, wire, armature, woven and peyote stitch
78.7 x 50.8 x 33 cm
Photo by: Michael Koryta
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Joyce J. Scott. Neckpiece: Caught Peeping, 2021. Glass beads, thread, wire, peyote stitch. 30.5 x 22.9 x 7.6 cm. Photo by: Jeff Butler. Joyce J. Scott
Neckpiece: Caught Peeping, 2021
Glass beads, thread, wire, peyote stitch
30.5 x 22.9 x 7.6 cm
Photo by: Jeff Butler
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Joyce J. Scott. Sculpture: Rechristening, 2022. Glass beads, plastic beads, mixed media. Armature, thread embroidery, peyote stitch. 96 x 50.8 x 36.8 cm. Photo by: Michael Koryta. Joyce J. Scott
Sculpture: Rechristening, 2022
Glass beads, plastic beads, mixed media. Armature, thread embroidery, peyote stitch
96 x 50.8 x 36.8 cm
Photo by: Michael Koryta
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Joyce J. Scott. Vessel: Yellow Submarine, 2006. Glass beads, mixed media, wire, thread, armature, woven glass beads. 35.6 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm. Photo by: Kevin Noble. Joyce J. Scott
Vessel: Yellow Submarine, 2006
Glass beads, mixed media, wire, thread, armature, woven glass beads
35.6 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm
Photo by: Kevin Noble
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