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1994 Joyce Scott Born: Baltimore, Maryland 1948 beads, fabric, and thread 11 1/2 x 7 1/4 x 1 in. (29.3 x 18.5 x 2.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Dale and Doug Anderson © 1994, Joyce J. Scott 1996.31 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 57B

Luce Center Quote

"This is my balance work, I can't constantly speak of serious issues---who needs that every day? Making a fun or a beautiful piece is a different kind of meditation for me." Artist quoted in "Joyce Scott: Migrant Worker for the Arts," Ornament, 1992

Luce Center Label

This piece is one of Joyce Scott's abstract, spontaneous improvisations on an idea derived from nature. Although it does not offer the frank social comment found in much of her work, Necklace reflects Scott's commitment to her heritage as an African American and to her family’s traditions in craft.


decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Fiber

fabric - thread

readymade - beads