Dread Scott

American, born 1965

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Dread Scott

American, born 1965

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With a pseudonym that honors Dred Scott and dreadlocked Rastafarians, artist and activist Dread Scott makes “revolutionary art to propel history forward,” he says. “My work is part of helping [to] get to a different era.” What is the Proper Way to Display a U.S. Flag? (1988) is his most famous (and infamous) work—a multimedia installation that invited viewers to record their reactions to a photomontage of the American flag being variously used and desecrated. In order to reach the ledger, however, it was necessary to step on a flag lying on the floor, prompting Chicago’s City Council to pass legislation barring desecration of the flag (a ban that would later be ruled unconstitutional.)

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Biography

With a pseudonym that honors Dred Scott and dreadlocked Rastafarians, artist and activist Dread Scott makes “revolutionary art to propel history forward,” he says. “My work is part of helping [to] get to a different era.” What is the Proper Way to Display a U.S. Flag? (1988) is his most famous (and infamous) work—a multimedia installation that invited viewers to record their reactions to a photomontage of the American flag being variously used and desecrated. In order to reach the ledger, however, it was necessary to step on a flag lying on the floor, prompting Chicago’s City Council to pass legislation barring desecration of the flag (a ban that would later be ruled unconstitutional.)

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Art in America
Articles Featuring Dread Scott
This New Museum Imagines a World Where Capitalism Is Dead
Jun 12th, 2017
20 Artists for the Trump Era
Jan 19th, 2017
The Black Art Incubator Is Staging a Much-Needed Art-World Intervention
Jul 27th, 2016
Dread Scott’s “A Man Was Lynched by Police Yesterday” Flag Should Fly outside MoMA
Jul 22nd, 2016
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