Artist Dread Scott to present "Imagine a World Without America" in Coe Marquis Series event

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
(319) 399-8605 or

2017-11-01 11:44:26 - General

Dread Scott
Dread Scott

Historical and political artist Dread Scott will present "Imagine a World Without America" in an upcoming Coe College Marquis Series performance. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 15, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Dows Theatre.

Marquis Series patrons can purchase individual tickets for $15, $10 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Coe Box Office at 319-399-8600, Monday – Friday, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the door. 

Scott creates revolutionary art to propel history forward, working in a range of media including installation, photography, screen printing, video and performance. Scott first received national attention in 1989 when his art became the center of controversy over his use of the American flag while he was a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. President George H.W. Bush called his art "disgraceful" and the entire U.S. Senate denounced his work and outlawed it when they passed legislation to "protect the flag."

In "Imagine a World Without America," Scott will explore themes including American democracy's roots in slavery and how that sets the stage for our present, the criminalization of Black and Latino youth, and the continuum connecting the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s to contemporary Black Lives Matter resistance. In the end, he imagines a world free of oppression and exploitation.

The Coe College Lecture and Performance Series is funded in part by a gift from the estate of Sarah Marquis in honor of her father, Dr. John A. Marquis, who was president of Coe College from 1909-1920. The purpose of the series is to bring entertainment and educational experiences to the Coe campus for the benefit of the entire community.

For more information, go to or call 319-399-8600.