Performance art at DuSable

Staff Writer

Dread Scott, an acclaimed and unconventional artist, will be at the DuSable Museum of African American History, Nov. 12, for a performance art lecture titled “Dread Scott: Revolutionary Art, Propelling History Forward.”

The event will take a look at Scott’s artistic endeavors over the past 25 years, which include installations, photographs, screen paintings, videos and performances. Scott’s presentation will focus on themes including American democracy’s root in slavery and how that sets the stage for the present; the criminalization of Black and Latino youth; and the continuum connecting the Civil Rights and “Black Lives Matter” movements.

In 1989, an installation of Scott’s at the Art Institute of Chicago drew the ire of George H.W. Bush, who called the work “disgraceful.” The installation, which included, among other things, a floor-bound American flag that attendees were encouraged to stand on, was titled “What is the Proper Way to Display a U.S. Flag?” This was the first exhibit that pushed Scott into a national spotlight. Since then, his work has been written about in The New York Times and The London Guardian and has been on display at the Contemporary Art Museum-Houston, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the New Museum of Contemporary Art (NY) in addition to many other venues.

“Dread Scott: Revolutionary Art, Propelling History Forward” will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12. Admission is $5 for students and DuSable members and $10 for non-members.

To purchase tickets, visit or call 773-947-0600.