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The Art of John Scott

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Artist John Scott was born in New Orleans and raised in the city’s Lower Ninth Ward. He taught at Xavier University for more than 40 years and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 1992 by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, a highly prestigious honor that came at the height of his career.

Scott was known for creating vibrant kinetic sculptures that explored topics ranging from the West African diddly-bow string instrument to the rhythms and movements inspired by enslaved dancers in early 19th-century in New Orleans’s famed Congo Square. His large woodcuts drew heavily upon life in the city, especially its rich Afro-Caribbean culture and musical heritage.

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Louis No. 2
2003, Woodcut; 79”x 48”; gift of Roger Ogden
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Window Fan
2003, Woodcut; 79”x 48”; gift of Roger Ogden
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Night Lyr for Brother Rey
2003, Woodcut; 79”x 48”; gift of Roger Ogden
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Circle of Dance: For Tommy Mabel
2003, Woodcut; 79”x 48”; gift of Roger Ogden
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Urban Placemat: Crossroads
1998; Painted Aluminum 16”x 14”x 2”; gift of The Diana Helis Henry Fund of The Helis Foundation
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Off The Edge: Neighborhood Block
1993; Painted Aluminum; 31”x 32”x 32.25”; gift of the Josef Sternberg Memorial Fund
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Circle of Dance: Big Sister’s Window
2001; Bronze Patina; 22”x 53”x 15”; gift of George Rodrigue
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Urban Warrior: Swaddling Close
2005; Mixed Media on Board; 35”x 48”; gift of The Diana Helis Henry Fund of The Helis Foundation
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I Remember Birmingham
1996; Painted Aluminum; 39″x20″x10″; gift of Dr. Michael Sartisky
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Two Lines for Rickey
1985; 13”x 40”x 6”; gift of Sydney & Walda Besthoff
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Black Butterfly
1996; Aluminum & Steel; 60”x 79”x 36”; gift of The Diana Helis Henry Fund of The Helis Foundation
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Urban Crucifix
Aluminum & Steel ; 36”x 24”; gift of Lyndon & Janine Barrois
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