Joyce Scott at Grounds For Sculpture

Joyce Scott has the exhibition “Harriet Tubman and Other Truths” on display now at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey until April 1, 2018. The description from the website:

“In her most comprehensive exhibition to date, artist Joyce J. Scott weaves narratives with brightly colored tiny glass seed beads, sleekly sensuous and luxurious Murano glass, and fanciful found objects. Her subject matter is topical and often unsettling, powerfully presenting images dealing with racism, classism, slavery, and misogyny. Due to her deft use of seductive materials and her intrinsic wit, her art conveys a deep reverence for the human spirit, for familial lines, and for the inherent spirituality of people and things. Guest co-curated by Lowery Stokes Sims and Patterson Sims.”

Oh my goodness, please, watch the video at the exhibition link. You get to hear Joyce sing and talk, see pictures of her throughout her life, see her in Thunder Thighs Review, and see her studio. Really, you want to watch these 10+ minutes. It is very enjoyable, “…I came out of my mom’s womb and said to the doctor, ‘Move, you’re in my light.’ ” A very thoughtful and enjoyable interview production.

Renewing What They Gave Us: Native American Artists in Residence at the Minnesota History Center

At the Minnesota History Center until April 22, 2018 is this exhibition by Native American Artists and their apprentices, “Renewing What They Gave Us.” This exhibition is in conjunction with the Native American Artist-in-Residence Program (NAAIR), exposing the selected artists to traditional works in the Minnesota Historical Society Collection. There are two minute videos about each artist at the NAAIR link. Click on the photographs to enlarge.

Basket art by Pat and Gage Kruse.

Beadwork by Jessica Gokey, Terri Hom as apprentice.

Beadwork by Holly Young

Birchbark biting by Denise Lajimodiere

Sonya Clark’s Beaded Prayers Project

Until November 17th, Sonya Clark’s Beaded Prayers Project is on display at the Eli Marsh Gallery at Amherst College in Boston. The project is now 20 years old, and contains the prayers/wishes/hopes of over 5,000 people from over 36 countries, sewn and beaded into a packet. Participants made two prayers – one to send to Clark, and one to keep. This is the 32nd venue to date.