4700 GRAND AVENUE / DES MOINES, IOWA 50312 / desmoinesartcenter.org Joyce J. Scott sculpture from Des Moines Art Center permanent collections on view at DMACC Urban Campus in August MISTAKEN IDENTITY, 2018, a major sculpture by the American artist Joyce J. Scott, will be on display at the Des Moines Area Community College Urban Campus from August 19 to 23. This work by the MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient exemplifies her approach to artmaking, which often merges traditional, labor-intensive handicraft, or what has been defined traditionally as “women’s work,” with potent social commentary. As she states, “I’d like my art to induce people to stop raping, torturing, and shooting each other. I don’t have the ability to end violence, racism, and sexism. But my art can help them look and think.” In MISTAKEN IDENTITY, Scott combines glass beadwork and Murano glass forms in a seated figure holding fire in his hands to reference a variety of concerns, such as gun violence, abuse of women, and other social justice issues related to race, gender, and economic disparity. She draws from traditional African and Native American methods in her approach to beadwork. In addition, Scott often employs humor as a strategy to engage her audiences. Her works are found in the collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Art, LA County Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MFA Houston, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others. This is the first work by the artist to enter the Art Center’s permanent collections. “The staff and board are honored and excited to be able to work with DMACC to place this sculpture within the community,” said Des Moines Art Center Director Jeff Fleming. “We are thrilled by the opportunity to share Scott’s art with broader audiences.” ARTIST LECTURE JOYCE J. SCOTT On Sunday, August 25, 1:30 pm, the Art Center welcomes artist Joyce J. Scott for a candid talk about her life and work. Titled “Joyce J. Scott: My Best Voice is an Artist,” the lecture will take place in Levitt Auditorium at the Des Moines Art Center. The event is free; reservations required. Learn more at desmoinesartcenter.org. Photo of Joyce Scott above by John Dean Joyce J. Scott (American, born 1948) Mistaken Identity 2018 Blown glass, beads, thread 18 3/4 x 21 x 10 inches Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Purchased with funds from the Edmundson Art Foundation, Inc., 2018.42 Photo: Rich Sanders, Des Moines, Iowa

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