Dread Scott makes revolutionary art to propel history forward. This discussion will focus on the political ideas he considers most important and how they influence the work he is currently making. It will also cover what he sees as the role of art in a capitalist system and how it is manifesting now.
This program is the first in ICP's series “Radical Conversation: Making America Great,” which explores the current political crisis and the nature of personal responsibility and action in this moment.
In 1989, the entire US Senate denounced and outlawed Dread Scott's artwork, and President George H. W. Bush declared it “disgraceful” because of its use of the American flag. His work has been exhibited/performed at the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA PS1, BAM Fisher, and galleries and street corners across the country.
Accra Shepp (moderator) is a photo-based artist whose work has explored our relationship with the natural environment, such as in his 2014 solo exhibition at the Queens Museum that looked at the more than 40 islands that make up New York City. His work is in a number of important public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago. His images of Occupy Wall Street have been exhibited all over the world, most recently in Sweden and Germany, and were excerpted in the book The Order of Things (Steidl, 2015). Shepp is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies, including a Fulbright Fellowship. He has taught at the International Center of Photography, Princeton University, Sarah Lawrence College, and Columbia University.