Presented by artist Joyce Scott, recipient of a 2016 MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant; and John Guess, Jr., executive director, Houston Museum of African American Culture

Joyce Scott is a jewelry maker and sculptor repositioning craft—particularly beadwork—as a potent platform for commentary on social and political injustices.

Creating handmade works that range from elaborate, over-sized neckpieces to figurative sculptures and installations, Scott upends conceptions of jewelry as domestic or merely for adornment. Her exquisitely crafted objects reveal, upon closer examination, stark representations of racism and sexism, and the violence they engender.

This conversation is presented in celebration of the exhibition Mending: Craft and Community—Selections from the Museum’s Collection, which includes examples of Scott’s work.

Drop in! Admission is free. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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This program is made possible by endowment income from the Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation.