Joyce J. Scott. Blue Baby Book Redux. 2018. Photo: Courtesy Goya Contemporary Gallery, Baltimore. © Joyce J. Scott

Joyce J. Scott: Walk a Mile in My Dreams


Joyce J. Scott: Walk a Mile in My Dreams is a 50-year career retrospective of artist Joyce J. Scott, one of the most significant artists of our time.

Co-organized by the Baltimore Museum of Art and Seattle Art Museum (SAM), this exhibition was developed in close dialogue with the Baltimore-based artist and her collaborators to reveal the full breadth of Scott’s singular vision through more than 120 objects from public and private collections across the United States. The exhibition will feature significant examples of the artist’s sculpture—both stand-alone and wearable pieces—alongside performance footage, garments, prints, and materials from Scott’s personal archive. Joyce J. Scott: Walk a Mile in My Dreams also features a newly commissioned installation and an expansive catalog.

Joyce J. Scott comes from a long line of makers in her family who created beautiful, functional objects in their quest for freedom out of slavery, sharecropping, migration, and segregation. A companion exhibition of Scott’s mother’s work, Eyewinkers, Tumbleturds, and Candlebugs: The Art of Elizabeth Talford Scott will be presented at the BMA from November 12, 2023, through April 28, 2024.

This exhibition is co-curated by Cecilia Wichmann, BMA Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, and Catharina Manchanda, SAM Jon and Mary Shirley Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, with support from Leslie Rose, Joyce J. Scott Curatorial Research Assistant.