Talking Shop: Craft + Defiance

Craft + Defiance, moderated by Outreach Coordinator Lee Heinemann, will pair artist and performer Joyce J. Scott and dancer and choreographer Marquis Revlon. The panel will explore the power and complexities of craft and the joys of disruption and resistance through the expansive careers of two Baltimore-based cultural producers.

Talking Shop, our 2015 Speaker Series, partners acclaimed artists and professionals from various disciplines to discuss the nexus of art, science, medicine, technology, politics, and more. Where are the intersections of these practices? How can society utilize these disciplines in collaboration as catalysts for creative thinking? Each evening will begin with short presentations by the invited participants which will set context for moderated group discussion. Talking Shop is made possible with generous support from The Aaron and Lillie Straus Foundation. This series is free and open to the public and hosted at the Baltimore School for the Arts located at 712 Cathedral St. Each panel will begin promptly at 7pm, doors close at 6:45pm.

Joyce J. Scott + Marquis Revlon
moderated by Lee Heinemann


Joyce J. Scott, often referred to as the “Queen of Beadwork,” is a Baltimore-based visual artist, performer, and lecturer best known for her beaded sculptures that address equity, history, and culture. She has worked and shown extensively nationally and internationally. Joyce received her undergraduate degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and her master’s degree from the Instituto Allende in Guanajuato, Mexico. Her 30 year retrospective 'Joyce J. Scott Kickin’ It with the Old Masters' opened at the Baltimore Museum of Art in 2000 and has since traveled to institutions such as the California African American Museum, and the Houston Center for Contemporary Art. This year, her exhibitions 'Joyce J. Scott: Truths & Visions' and 'Joyce J. Scott: Maryland to Murano' were shown respectively at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland, Ohio and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, NY. Represented by Goya Contemporary Gallery in Baltimore, Joyce's work is in numerous public collections including that of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Smithsonian, and Yale University to name a few. Joyce has performed as a singer, scatter, actress and speaker across the country in a variety of settings and groups, including her performance “Thunder Thigh Review: For Fat Women Only – And the Courageous Men Who Want to Attend,” at Theater Project in 2012. Her work has been the subject of many books and catalogues and has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, and The New York Times among many others. Included in Glasstress at the 55th Venice Biennale, as well as Prospect.2, the US Biennial, Joyce is also the recipient of many awards and honors including Anonymous Was a Woman in 1997, Master of the Medium/Metal from The James Renwick Alliance in 2007 and The Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women’s Caucus for the Arts in 2010.

The Legendary Marquis “Revlon” Clanton is a Baltimore-based dancer, performer and model whose presence in the Ballroom scene and as a vogue dancer has earned him an international following. In 2009, Marquis earned “Legendary” status in honor of 10 years of participation in balls, and in 2010 he became the first $10,000 winning vogue dance diva in the Ballroom circuit. A leading figure in the House of Revlon and the community at large, Marquis organizes events, dance workshops, and classes for all ages. He choreographs for the New Edition Marching Band and partnered with The University of Maryland Baltimore’s STAR TRACK program to host the annual Baltimore Free Ball in 2013, 2014 and 2015. He is a face of the Know Your Status Campaign initiated by the Baltimore City Health Department. Marquis has performed and taught throughout the United States, South Korea, Russia, and many European countries–with repeated engagements in Bulgaria and France. He has performed in many special live and video projects including music videos for artists such as TT The Artist, Wish, and Lola Monroe. He was featured prominently in Parisian photographer Frederic Nauczyciel’s project The Fire Flies (Baltimore/Paris) documenting voguers in both cities. Marquis was on the cover of Baltimore City Paper in 2014 and his work has been included in The Baltimore Sun, The New Inquiry, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, and W Magazine. Marquis is always willing to learn and teach and loves sharing his talents with all.