I recently came across a very interesting exhibition, which is currently on at the Whitney in New York. ‘An Incomplete History of Protest’ examines how artists have become activists in order to help create a better future.
Through the lens of the Whitney’s collection, the exhibition looks at how artists from the 1940s to the present have confronted the political and social issues of their day. Whether making art as a form of activism, criticism, instruction, or inspiration, the featured artists see their work as essential to challenging established thought and creating a more equitable culture. Many have sought immediate change, such as ending the war in Vietnam or combating the AIDS crisis. Others have engaged with protest more indirectly, with the long term in mind, hoping to create new ways of imagining society and citizenship.
At the root of the exhibition is the belief that artists play a profound role in transforming their time and shaping the future.
18th August 2017 – Ongoing
Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY 10014