An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940-2017

Whitney Museum

New York

18 AUG 2017 - 27 AUG 2018
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Through the lens of the Whitney’s collection, An Incomplete History of Protest 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.

Visitor Reviews


Delphine reviewed

21 May, 2018

While the show was well organised and documented, I didn’t really enjoyed it. I guess just because the topic was not one of my favourite.. a bit harsh. Still very interesting for those of you passionate about this period of history.


commented on 12 Jun, 2018


Timothy reviewed

23 Dec, 2017

I liked the theme of this show. It's something we've all had on our minds so to see it laid out is helpful to gain perspective in how it is we make ourselves heard.


Aurelie reviewed

02 Nov, 2017

Very interesting and still a pretty hot topic now a days. I particularly enjoyed the short film and the letters exchanged between some activist artists and the museums.