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Dread Scott

Working in a range of media including installations, photography, screen printing, video, performance and painting, Dread Scott makes revolutionary art to propel history forward. He first received national attention in 1989 when his art became the center of controversy over its use of the American flag.  President G.H.W. Bush declared his artwork, What is the Proper Way to Display a U.S. Flag?, as “disgraceful” and the U.S. Senate denounced the work by passing legislation to “protect the flag.” 

During his residency, Scott will continue research and development of a new project that draws upon the tradition of Civil War re-enactment for a restaging and reinterpretation of Louisiana’s German Coast Uprising of 1811, the largest rebellion of enslaved people in American history.  

Scott’s work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA PS1, the Contemporary Art Museum Houston, and at Pori Art Museum in Pori, Finland. He is a recipient of a Creative Capital Foundation grant and Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts. He received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1989 and in 1993 completed the Independent Study Program at The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. 

Dread Scott’s residency is made possible through support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Artist Information

Residency Type Artist-in-residence

Currently Based Brooklyn, NY

Medium Multi-Media, Performance

Residency Dates Sep 3 — Nov 17 2013