In Conversation: How Important is Art as a Form of Protest?

Frieze Academy New York presents an in conversation with artists Zoë Buckman and Dread Scott, exploring the various ways in which art and political action intersect

15 Nov 2018
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Spring Place
6 St Johns Lane
New York, NY 10013
United States

Can art mobilize groups of people or move them to action, and if so, how? How should art engage in the political discourse? Is art inherently political?

This event looks at the many ways in which art and political action work together, particularly at this moment in time when response and organization are so urgently needed.
Speakers include artists, Zoë Buckman and Dread Scott.


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Zoë Buckman is a multi-disciplinary artist working in sculpture, installation, and photography, exploring themes of Feminism, mortality and equality. Buckman’s solo exhibitions include ‘Heavy Rag’, Albertz Benda, New York(2018), ‘Let Her Rave’, Gavalak Gallery, Los Angeles (2018), ‘Imprison Her Soft Hand’, Project for Empty Space, Newark (2017), ‘Every Curve’, PAPILLION ART, Los Angeles (2016) and ‘Present Life’,Garis & Hahn Gallery, New York (2015). Buckman has shown in group exhibitions including in New York at The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Children’s Museum of the Arts, Paul Kasmin Gallery and Jack Shainman Gallery, in Chicago at Monique Meloche, in Atlanta (GA) at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Washington (DC) at The National Museum of African-American History & Culture, and internationally at Camden Arts Centre, London, and Goodman Gallery, Cape Town. Public works include billboards in partnership with For Freedoms, a mural with New York Live Arts, and Buckman’s first major public sculpture, Champ Sunset presented by Art Production Fund on Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles.

Dread Scott makes revolutionary art to propel history forward. His work is exhibited across the US and internationally. For three decades he has made work that encourages viewers to re-examine unifying ideals and values of American society. In 1989, the entire US Senate denounced and outlawed one of his artworks and President G.H.W. Bush declared it “disgraceful” because of its transgressive use of the American flag. His art has been exhibited/performed at the Whitney Museum, MoMA/PS1, the Walker Art Center and galleries and street corners across the country.  His works can be hard-edged and poignant. Dread plays with fire—metaphorically and sometimes literally—as when he burned $171 on Wall Street and encouraged those with money to burn to add theirs to the pyre.


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