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Rodney King's Head Was Squashed Like a Watermelon
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Rodney King's Head Was Squashed Like a Watermelon

Joyce J. Scott, American, born 1948

Made in United States, North and Central America


Beads, thread

5 1/2 × 12 1/2 × 9 inches (14 × 31.8 × 22.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

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Currently not on view

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Purchased with funds contributed by The Women’s Committee and the Craft Show Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1995

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African American artist Joyce Scott is famous for her innovative use of the traditional techniques of beadwork. The jewelry and larger sculptures that she makes draw upon contemporary issues for their subject matter.

The title refers to Rodney King, who, in a video-taped arrest, was beaten by Los Angeles police in 1991, inciting days of rioting in that city.