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. President G.H.W. Bush called his art “disgraceful” and the entire US Senate denounced and outlawed this work.
His work has been included in recent exhibitions at MoMA PS1, the Walker art Center and the Brooklyn Museum as well as on view in America is Hard to See, the Whitney Museum’s inaugural exhibition in their new building. In 2012, BAM, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, presented his performance Dread Scott: Decision as part of their 30th Anniversary Next Wave Festival. His work is in the collection of the Whitney Museum and the Akron Art Museum.
He is a recipient of a grants from the Creative Capital Foundation, the MAP Fund and the Pollock Krasner Foundation. He works in a range of media including performance, photography, screen-printing and video. His works can be hard-edged and poignant. Dread plays with fire — metaphorically and sometimes literally — as when he burned $171 on Wall Street and encouraged those with money to burn to add theirs to the pyre.