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Dread Scott Artist Talk will examine American society

Apr 8, 2019
by Jayda Barnes, '20

On April 18 at 6 p.m. in the Virginia Room of the Ringhaver Student Center, artist Dread Scott will give an Artist’s Talk on the subject of his own work. Dread Scott makes art to propel history forward. His work takes multiple forms and addresses issues such as race, incarceration, war, government repression and revolution. Using his work as a subject, Scott’s lecture will address the nature of American society and examine how the past not only conditions the present but resides in the present in new form.

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Scott works in a variety of art forms, including performance, installation, video, photography, printmaking and painting. No matter the medium he works in, his art always features a profound social commentary. In his 2010 performance, Money to Burn, Scott burned $171 on Wall Street and encouraged others to do the same, highlighting the absurdity of American dependency on money.

Scott’s 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. He has been featured in a number of publications such as the cover of Artforum magazine and the front page of NYTimes.com. Scott is currently on the board of the New York Foundation for the Arts and is an Academician in the National Academy of Design.

Scott is visiting Flagler College at the invitation of Kenan Distinguished Associate Professor of Liberal Education in Art Leslie Robison.

“I feel so honored and fortunate that Dread Scott has agreed to visit Flagler College,” said Robison. “At a time when the campus conversation has turned to discussions of democracy and citizenship, his voice can invigorate those conversations.”

Robison has invited Scott to visit the St. Johns Youth Academy, where she and her students of a socially engaged art class have been working with incarcerated youths. She hopes Scott and his art will have an impact of hopefulness on the group of young men. The boys have viewed some of Scott’s work and are excited to meet him, having already prepared questions such as “What inspired you to stand up for us?” and “What do you do when people have negative or hateful responses?”

Dread Scott’s Artist Talk is free and open to the public. It is a Diversity Co-Curricular for students.

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