Art &: Dread Scott – The Art of Liberation

Art &: Dread Scott – The Art of Liberation
  • Colby Museum's Lunder Institute for American Art

Date: October 12, 2021 6:00 pm

Dread Scott imagines a world free of oppression and exploitation, with resistance and liberation at the forefront. During this talk, the artist presented a range of work from the past 30 years that address themes of American identity and patriotism, including the criminalization of Black and Latino youth and the continuum of resistance against murder by police, connecting the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s with contemporary Black Lives Matters organizing. 

Scott’s art allows audience members to explore important questions surrounding the economic, social, and governing ideas of America. His pivotal work Slave Rebellion Reenactment served as a starting point to address Freedom & Captivity, the 2021 theme of Colby’s Center for Arts and Humanities, as well as Incarceration and Human Rights, the focus of this year’s Oak Institute for Human Rights Program. This special artist talk took place in person at Greene Block & Studios located at 18 Main Street, Waterville in Maine.

A recording of this talk is available upon request from the Colby College Museum of Art’s Lunder Institute for American Art. Please contact

The Lunder Institute for American Art’s programs in 2021-2022, including Dread Scott’s Senior Fellowship, is made possible through the support of the Lunder Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Alice Kang P’21 and OhSang Kwon P’21, the Oak Institute for Human Rights, and the Buck Lab for Climate and Environment.