William Scott Exhibition Tour with Tom di Maria
Join a special tour of William Scott’s exhibition with Tom di Maria, Director of Creative Growth.
Including an expansive collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures from the early 1990s to present, this major exhibition is the first significant survey of the artist’s prolific 30–year practice. The exhibition is accompanied by a series of works presented in the public realm in the local area around Studio Voltaire.
While deeply rooted in personal history, Scott’s paintings address wider questions of citizenship, community and cultural memory. His works can be seen as a form of activism, eloquently describing his desire for social change. Frequently describing himself as an architect, his works reimagine the social topography of his native San Francisco, which re–emerges as the utopian ‘Praise Frisco’: a safe and gleaming neighbourhood. Scott’s alternative proposals for urban development replace penthouses with community centres and revisit the Bayview housing complexes he grew up in; reckoning with the rapid gentrification of the city.
Scott has worked with Creative Growth since 1992. Founded in 1974, Creative Growth is a leading not–for–profit organisation based in Oakland, California that serves artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities. Artists working with Creative Growth have been exhibited at and acquired by prominent museums worldwide, including MoMA, the Studio Museum of Harlem, and the American Folk Art Museum.
Tom di Maria has led Creative Growth as its Director since 2000. Since then, he has developed partnerships with museums, galleries and international design companies to help bring Creative Growth’s artists with disabilities fully into the contemporary art world. Prior to this position, he served as Assistant Director of the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive at UC Berkeley, and Executive Director of the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. He has received filmmaking awards from the Sundance Film Festival and others festivals for his experimental filmmaking, and in 2019 he received the Visionary Award from the American Folk Art Museum in New York.
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