Art &: Dread Scott – The Art of Liberation

Dread Scott imagines a world free of oppression and exploitation, with resistance and liberation at the forefront. During this talk, the artist will present 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 will serve as a starting point to address Freedom and 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 will take place in person at Greene Block & Studios located at 18 Main Street, Waterville in Maine.

The Lunder Institute for American Art’s programs in 2021-2022, including Dread Scott’s Senior Fellowship, are 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.