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.


In Conversation

Curator Catherine J. Morris answers visitor questions about Judith Scott.

Catherine Morris

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Gallery Tour

Saturday, December 27, 2014

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

Discussion: "May 1, 1943"

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Trina Rose: Speaking a Body-Bound Muscle Word

Join an open discussion with Park McArthur, Trina Rose, and Soyoung Yoon about what's at stake in the exhibition.

Gallery Tour

Friday, January 16, 2015

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Creative Art-Making: "Bound and Unbound"

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Zebi Williams: Born Jewelry

A hands-on jewelry-making workshop with designer Zebi Williams, inspired by the exhibition.

Gallery Tour

Sunday, January 18, 2015

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

Gallery Tour

Thursday, January 22, 2015

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

Talk: "From Margins to Mainstream: Judith Scott Unbound"

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Steven Garen: Tom di Maria with a work by Judith Scott

Tom di Maria, director of Creative Growth Art Center, talks about the environment where Judith Scott made her work.

Panel Discussion: "Insider Art: Recent Curatorial Approaches to Self-Taught Art"

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Installation view of Judith Scott—Bound and Unbound

Matthew Higgs, co-curator of the exhibition, moderates a discussion about curatorial approaches to self-taught artists.