Some Thoughts on Culture and Revolution

Image: Dread Scott, On the Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide, performance still (2014).

Some Thoughts on Culture and Revolution
Thursday, March 19, 2015
ICI Curatorial Hub

401 Broadway, Suite 1620
FREE and open to the public

Last October, between the non-indictments for the killers of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, artist Dread Scott performed “On the Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide,” a reenactment of iconic Civil Rights movement images of protesters pummeled by fire hoses (1). The performance took on a new resonance, an open-ended meditation on how to resist state brutality towards black lives. A few months later, in the midst of the #blacklivesmatter movement, millions of dollars changed hands at Art Basel Miami, a celebration of arts commerce largely indifferent to that historical reckoning.

The timing of these events rendered visible a vast gap in contemporary approaches to arts and culture. Scott’s goal, to “make revolutionary art to propel history forward,” offers an alternative to the market-driven, sanitized work of the global art circuit. In a presentation and conversation around Scott’s work, he and curator Ryan Wong will discuss the imperatives of art-making in revealing the roots of radicalized violence, and the role of protest images in moving history forward.

(1) This performance was produced by More Art and took place on October 7, 2014 underneath the Manhattan Bridge Archway in DUMBO.

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March 19, 2015

ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013


Dread Scott

Dread Scott is an interdisciplinary artist whose work is exhibited across the U.S. and internationally. For three decades he has made work that encourages viewers to re-examine cohering norms of American society. In 1989, the entire US Senate denounced and outlawed one of his artworks and President Bush declared it “disgraceful” because of its use of the American flag. His art has been exhibited/performed at MoMA/PS1, The Walker Art Center, Pori Art Museum (Finland), BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) and galleries and street corners across the country. He is a recipient of grants form Creative Capital Foundation and the Pollock Krasner Foundation, and his work is included in the collection of the Whitney Museum.

Ryan Wong

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Ryan Lee Wong lives in Brooklyn, where he connects Asian American movement histories to the present.  Ryan organized the exhibitions Serve the People at Interference Archive and Roots at Chinese American Museum. He has presented talks at Brooklyn Museum, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Asia Art Archive, Independent Curators International, and numerous universities. He has worked as and exhibitions administrator at the Metropolitan Museum, Assistant Curator at Museum of Chinese in America, and Managing Director for Kundiman. He currently serves on the Board of the Jerome Foundation. He regularly writes arts criticism and exhibition reviews for outlets such as Hyperallergic, T Magazine, and the Village Voice, and has contributed to catalogues or anthologies for the New Museum, Temporary Art Review, and Social Practice Queens.

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