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Dread Scott

Artist Known for Controversial Exhibit "What Is the Proper Way to Display A U.S. Flag"

Artist Known for Controversial Exhibit "What Is the Proper Way to Display A U.S. Flag"

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Dread Scott Biography

Dread Scott makes revolutionary art to propel history forward. His work is exhibited across the US and internationally. In 1989, his art became the center of national controversy over its transgressive use of the American flag, while he was a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. President G.H.W. Bush called his art “disgraceful” and the entire US Senate denounced and outlawed this work. Dread became part of a landmark Supreme Court case when he and others defied the new law by burning flags on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Dread’s studio is now based in Brooklyn.

His work has been included in exhibitions at New York’s MoMA PS1, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Jack Shainman Gallery, NY, and Gallery MOMO in Cape Town, South Africa. His performance work has been presented at BAM in Brooklyn and on the streets of Harlem, NY. Work is in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Brooklyn Museum. It has been featured on the cover of Artforum magazine and the front page of NYTimes.com. Dread is a recipient of a 2018 United States Artists Fellowship and grants from the Creative Capital Foundation and the Open Society Institute. He works in a range of media from performance and photography to screen-printing and video.

Dread plays with fire—metaphorically and sometimes literally—as when he burned $171 on Wall Street and encouraged those with money to add theirs to the pyre. His work asks viewers to look soberly at America’s past and our present. Writing about a recent banner project, Angelica Rogers wrote in the New York Times “…it was difficult to look away from the flag’s blocky, capitalized type. ‘A Man Was Lynched by Police Yesterday.’ It shouted the words so matter-of-factly that I felt myself physically flinch.”

He is on the board of the New York Foundation for the Arts and is an Academician in the National Academy of Design. Dread is currently working on Slave Rebellion Reenactment, a community engaged performance that will reenact the largest rebellion of enslaved people in American History.

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Speaker profile last updated by AAE Talent Team on 08/14/2023.

Dread Scott Videos

  • PUBLIC FORUM: Dread Scott on Radical Art - YouTube
    Revolutionary Art? Can you get down? Dread Scott calls for a new commitment to art that is political, impassioned, empowering, and potent ...
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    Dread Scott makes revolutionary art to propel history forward.

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Dread Scott is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Dread Scott for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Dread Scott generally travels from Brooklyn, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Damon Davis, Hank Willis Thomas, Dr. Cornel West, Mark Bradford and Diamond Stingily. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Dread Scott for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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