Dread Scott Lecture Sept 8, Clough-Hanson Gallery Reception Sept 9


On September 8th Dread Scott will present a lecture about his work, titled The Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide (6:00pm, Blount Auditorium in Buckman Hall on the Rhodes College Campus). On September 9th we’ll host a reception for The Weight of Hope, a group exhibition that examines the frustrations, exhaustion, and possibilities of this particular political moment. In a time of growing acknowledgement of deep inequities, between the end of a presidential administration that was predicated on a promise of hope and…whatever comes next, the four artists included in the show confront difficult truths while pointing a way forward.


Dread Scott is known for powerful performances and photographs that bring history into the present, foregrounding the black experience of a systemically oppressive society. Challenging and often polarizing, his work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, as well as denounced from the Senate floor and involved in litigation that reached the Supreme Court. Mariam Ghani overlays China Mieville’s sci-fi noir novel,The City & The City, onto the landscape of St. Louis, melding fact and fiction in an elegiac look at the inequity that is born out in the geography of our cities. In Ghani’s work, liminal and non-sanctioned spaces offer healing and respite from the work of living in such inequity. Damon Davis began the All Hands on Deck photo project in the streets of Ferguson in 2014, a gesture that leavened despair and converted bystanders into agents of advocacy. It has since spread across the country as a testament to collective responsibility. In his large, figurative paintings Terry Lynn combines potent images, including some from local Black Lives Matter protests, with sumptuous brushwork and engaging surfaces to honor his subjects and lead his viewers toward empathy and action.

Scott’s lecture is generously cosponsored by Rhodes College Communities in Conversation, the Rhodes College Africana Studies Program, and the Lillian and Morrie Moss Endowment for Visual Art.

More information and online event listings can be found here. Clough-Hanson Gallery is located inside Clough Hall on the Rhode College campus. The gallery is open from 11 am until 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday. The gallery is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Admission to the gallery is always free. If you would like more information, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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