Dread Scott
American, born 1965

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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