Dread Scott

Dread Scott

Brooklyn, NY

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 while he was a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he received a B.F.A. This work was denounced by President G.H.W. Bush and outlawed by Congress. His art has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA PS1, the Contemporary Art Museum Houston and at the Pori Art Museum in Finland. In 2012, the Brooklyn Academy of Music presented his performance Dread Scott: Decision. He is a recipient of a Creative Capital grant and Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts. His work is in the collection of the Whitney Museum and the Arkon Art Museum. He works in a range of media including installation, photography, screen-printing, video and performance.


Dread Scott makes revolutionary art to propel history forward.

Artist Bio

One of the defining features of America today is the criminal-justice system and the many youths whose lives are affected by it. Lockdown is a photography-based project that tells the story of a society that imprisons over 2 million people the viewpoint of those locked down. Dread Scott works with inmates to photograph them and to learn and tell their stories. The project is presented as a series of large black and white photographs accompanied by wall text and audio from the interviews. Lockdown is also turned into an artist book distributed at prisons, urban community centers, and neighborhood art spaces.

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