Exhibitions: Judith Scott—Bound and Unbound

Judith Scott: Untitled

Judith Scott (American, 1943‒2005). Untitled, 2004. Fiber and found objects, 28 x 15 x 27 in. (71.1 x 38.1 x 68.6 cm). The Smith-Nederpelt Collection. © Creative Growth Art Center. (Photo: Brooklyn Museum)

October 24, 2014–March 29, 2015

Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, 4th Floor

Judith Scott’s work is celebrated for its astonishing visual complexity. In a career spanning just seventeen years, Scott developed a unique and idiosyncratic method to produce a body of work of remarkable originality. Often working for weeks or months on individual pieces, she used yarn, thread, fabric, and other fibers to envelop found objects into fastidiously woven, wrapped, and bundled structures.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, with Down syndrome, Scott (1943–2005) was also largely deaf and did not speak. After thirty-five years living within an institutional setting  for people with disabilities, she was introduced in 1987 to Creative Growth Art Center—a visionary studio art program founded more than forty years ago in Oakland, California, to foster and serve a community of artists with developmental and physical disabilities.

As the first comprehensive U.S. survey of Scott’s work, this retrospective exhibition includes an overview of three-dimensional objects spanning the artist’s career as well as a selection of works on paper.

Judith Scott—Bound and Unbound is organized by Catherine J. Morris, Sackler Family Curator for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum, and Matthew Higgs, artist and Director/Chief Curator of White Columns, New York. The accompanying catalogue is published by the Brooklyn Museum and Prestel.

This exhibition is made possible by the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation. Additional generous support has been provided by the Helene Zucker Seeman Memorial Exhibition Fund and Deedie Rose.


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Gallery Tour

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Join a Museum Guide for a free tour of the exhibition.

Evening for Educators: "How’d They Make That? Exploring Artistic Process"

Thursday, November 13, 2014

 Cassandra Giraldo: Evening for Educators

All educators are invited to join us and explore artists' processes in our latest exhibitions.

MAKE: "Textile Art Center"

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Inspired by the exhibition, create a complete work of art in this class led by the Textile Art Center.

Gallery Tour

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Join a Museum Guide for a free tour of the exhibition.

Sensory Tour: "Materials and Process"

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Judith Scott: Untitled

An inclusive tour for those who are blind, partially sighted, or simply interested in experiencing art beyond sight.