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Conversations in Contemporary Art | Dread Scott, “Imagine a World without America”


Thursday, February 27

Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

I make revolutionary art to propel history forward. I don’t accept the economic foundation, social relations and governing ideas of America. My work encourages an audience to explore important questions based upon this perspective.

The talk will look at a sampling of my art from the past 30 years. I work in a range of media including performance, photography, screen printing, installation and video. The works I will present will look at themes including:

His work has been included in exhibitions at MoMA PS1, the Walker art Center and the Whitney Museum. In 2012, BAM presented his performance Dread Scott: Decision as part of their 30th Anniversary Next Wave Festival. His work is in the collection of the Whitney Museum and the Brooklyn Museum and has been featured on the cover of Artfroum and the front page of

He is a recipient of a 2018 United States Artists Fellowship and grants from the Creative Capital Foundation, the Open Society Institute and the Pollock Krasner Foundation. He works in a range of media including performance, photography, screen-printing and video. His works can be hard-edged and poignant. Dread plays with fire—metaphorically and sometimes literally—as when he burned $171 on Wall Street and encouraged those with money to burn to add theirs to the pyre.