We’re proud to announce “Past, Present, Future”, a solo exhibition by New York-based artist and activist Dread Scott.
The exhibition will open Saturday February 11th at 5pm and will feature an artist talk within the first hour, followed by a panel discussion at 7pm featuring Ana Teresa Fernandez, Patrick Martinez, Michele Pred, Matt Gonzalez and Nicole Archer, interrogating the intersections of art, aesthetics and politics.
We welcome you to join us for an evening of solidarity, in discussing and contemplating the role of the arts and artists within an oppressive and unstable political climate, and as a means of reflecting and recharging for what lies ahead.
Dread Scott is a nationally and internationally exhibited artist, recipient of grants from Creative Capital and the Pollack Krasner Foundation, whose work, in his own words, “makes revolutionary art to propel history forward.” He first received national attention in 1989 when his art became the center of controversy over its use of the American flag. The entire US Senate denounced this work and outlawed it when they passed legislation to “protect the flag.” To oppose this law and other efforts which would effectively make patriotism compulsory, he, along with three other protesters, burned flags on the steps of the US Capitol. This resulted in a Supreme Court case and a landmark First Amendment decision. Our upcoming show is a timely continuation of his practice at an unfortunately relevant time post-inauguration of our next president recognizing the precarious place he places so many communities of color, gender, creed orientation, etc., through his rhetoric.
In addition to Dread Scott’s “Past, Present, Future” on the gallery’s ground floor, we’re excited to announce that we will be activating the second floor as a project space, adding a new dimension to the scope of what we’re able to accomplish through Guerrero Gallery.
The project space will hold a group exhibition featuring Tosha Stimage, Woody Othello, Chris R. Martin, Carolyn Jean Martin, Andrew Wilson and Frohawk TwoFeathers. Much like the work of Dread Scott, the work of these five artists function as a visceral collection of materially diverse meditations on the costs of empire, erasure and the reverberations of marginalized histories.