ARTSpeak: Dread Scott
The Obstacle Race
Contributor Names
Scott, Dread
Dumett, Mari, 1977-
Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.). School of Art and Design
Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.). Fine Arts Department
Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.). History of Art Department
Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.). Student-Faculty Corporation
Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.). School of Liberal Arts
The ARTSpeak lecture series presents Dread Scott, a self-described revolutionary artist whose work often addresses economic inequality and race; the U.S. Senate once denounced his work and President George H.W. Bush declared it "disgraceful." He currently has work in the Agitprop exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, and he has recently published a book titled Fragments of the Peculiar Institution that documents his plan to reenact the 1811 New Orleans slave riots, using archival images and historical texts. Scott works in a number of media as well as performance, and his work has appeared at MoMA PS1, the Whitney Museum, and BAM.
ARTSpeak 2015-16, presented by the departments of Fine Arts and History of Art, includes a series of lectures on the theme of The Obstacle Race. The theme explores the difficulties artists face in today's urban economic environment and the means of overcoming them. In conjunction with this series, students will visit artists in their studios, and an exhibition of work by Fine Arts majors and texts by Art History and Museum Professions majors will be presented in the FIT Library. This event has been made possible in part through funding by the FIT Student-Faculty Corporation, the School of Art and Design, and the School of Liberal Arts.
Introduction by Mari Dumett.
Moving Image
Scott, Dread
African American art
Performance art
African American artists
Art, Modern
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Fashion Institute of Technology. (2016, February 25). ARTSpeak: Dread Scott [Video]. Archive on Demand. https://archiveondemand.fitnyc.edu/item/23746
Fashion Institute of Technology. "ARTSpeak: Dread Scott." Archive on Demand, 25 Feb. 2016, https://archiveondemand.fitnyc.edu/item/23746
Fashion Institute of Technology, "ARTSpeak: Dread Scott," Archive on Demand, February 25, 2016, video, https://archiveondemand.fitnyc.edu/item/23746