Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
Judith Scott began making art at age 46, producing idiosyncratic sculptural assemblages in a career spanning seventeen years. From 1989 until her death in 2005, Scott worked at Creative Growth, a studio-based program in Oakland, California, founded to support artists with developmental disabilities. Fastidiously weaving, bundling, and wrapping fiber, found objects, and other unconventional materials, she often worked for weeks or months on a single piece.
Scott’s life experience as an artist with Down syndrome who was largely deaf and spoke little highlights the limitations of the conventional art-historical canon. Moving beyond the term “outsider artist,” critics and curators have recently contextualized her objects within mainstream art history, telling a richer, more complex story about how artistic gifts can be nurtured and compelling works of art can be made by artists reflecting a broader range of cognitive diversity than has been historically recognized.
Fiber and found objects
27 x 23 x 17 in. (68.6 x 58.4 x 43.2 cm) (show scale)
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Florence B. and Carl L. Selden Fund
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Judith Scott (American, 1943-2005). Untitled, 1994. Fiber and found objects, 27 x 23 x 17 in. (68.6 x 58.4 x 43.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Florence B. and Carl L. Selden Fund, 2015.30. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, Benjamin Blackwell,er, 2015.30_Benjamin_Blackwell_photograph.jpg)
overall, 2015.30_Benjamin_Blackwell_photograph.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, Benjamin Blackwell, photographer, 2013
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