Joyce Scott sculpture is smashed at BMA

March 18, 2000|By Arthur Hirsch | Arthur Hirsch,SUN STAFF

The Joyce J. Scott retrospective exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Art is one sculpture short today after a clear glass figure of a woman was accidentally broken Thursday morning.

The piece, "Clear and Present," shattered on the carpeted floor when a handicapped Northwestern Senior High School boy in a motorized wheelchair tried to turn and accidentally struck the pedestal on which the small sculpture was standing, says museum spokeswoman Mary Patton. The teen-age student, who was visiting with a group of Northwestern special education students, clearly did not intend to damage the sculpture, Patton says.

Patton says the blown glass figure, which stands 17 inches tall without the pedestal, broke into "several dozen pieces" and was quickly moved from the second floor gallery to the conservation lab on the third floor. Scott was then called to the museum. "I haven't decided yet" if the piece can be repaired, Scott says. "It's in bad shape. The basic body could be OK. The appendages broke off."

Scott declined to give a dollar value for the sculpture, one of about 100 pieces in the exhibit "Kickin' It with the Old Masters," which runs through May 21.

Scott says the figure, adorned with beads, is "autobiographical. It's sort of me."

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