Through the generosity of John Scott’s family, and the Arthur Roger Gallery, one of Scott’s strongest artistic statements is now on loan to the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Created in 1998, Third World Banquet Table is made of patinated bronze and rosewood. Throughout his artistic career and teaching tenure at Xavier University, Scott created many works of both imposing size and clever subtlety, never losing sight of his African American heritage.
John Scott dedicated Third World Banquet Table to his father, who, according to Scott, cooked professionally for others’ banquets, but was never invited to sit with the guests. The sculptural plates on the table are covered with thorns, referencing the saying, “If you are hungry, you have a stomach full of thorns and no roses.”
The LEH is fortunate to enjoy the largest collection of Scott’s artwork gathered in our location, and most of the pieces are available for public view. For more about John Scott, click here.