Dread Scott: Artist and Activist in the Public Realm

Join artist and activist Dread Scott in a public lecture about his life and revolutionary work in the contemporary art scene. He encourages students to imagine a world they would actually want to live in. He will comment on American society and examine how the past not only conditions the present but resides in the present in new form; a recurring theme in his work which deals with issues of race, incarceration, war, government repression and revolution.

Dread's work has been seen in exhibitions at the MoMa PS1, the Walker Art Center, the Brooklyn Museum, the Whitney, the Akron Museum, the Pori Art Museum, and various public spaces. Through photography, screen printing, installation, performance, and video, Dread Scott and revolutionized the Art World. He has spoken publicly about his pieces and their controversies through the New York Times, ArtForum, Sculpture Magazine, ArtNews, Art21 Magazine, Time, The London Guardian and several other newspapers, magazines and books. He has appeared on numerous local and national TV and radio shows including Oprah, The Today Show, and CBS This Morning.


I make revolutionary art to propel history forward. This is a world where a tiny handful of people controls the great wealth and knowledge humanity as a whole has created. It is a world of profound polarization, exploitation and suffering and billions are excluded from intellectual development and full participation in society. It does not have to be this way and my art is part of forging a radically different world. The work illuminates the misery that this society creates for so many people and it often encourages the viewer to envision how the world could be.

View Dread's Work here: www.dreadscott.net/artwork/

This event has been supported by Community Service Club, BAAD, Programming Board, the Center for Student Involvement, and Brown University's Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage.

Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm

RISD Auditorium
17 Canal Walk, Providence RI

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