TALKING ‘BOUT A REVOLUTION
The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York is taking a look at how artists have confronted the political and social issues of their day, from the 1940s to the present.
Whether making art as a form of activism, criticism, instruction or inspiration, the artists on show perceive their work as essential to challenging established thought and creating a more equitable culture. Some have sought immediate change – ending the war in Vietnam, combating the AIDS crisis – while others have engaged with protest more indirectly, with the long term in mind, hoping to create new ways of imagining society and citizenship. Titled “An Incomplete History of Protest,” the exhibit highlights works by the likes of Donald Moffett, Keith Haring, Carol Summers and Gordon Parks.
Keith Haring (1958-1990), Ignorance = Fear / Silence = Death, 1989. Offset lithograph, 24 1/16 x 43 1/16 in. (61.1 x 109.4 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of David W. Kiehl in honor of Patrick Moore 2014.265 Keith Haring artwork © Keith Haring Foundation
Carol Summers (1925-2016), Kill for Peace, 1967, from ARTISTS AND WRITERS PROTEST AGAINST THE WAR IN VIET NAM, 1967. Screenprint and photo-screenprint with punctures on board, 23 3/8 x 19 1/4 in. (59.4 x 48.9 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Print Committee 2006.50.14 © Alexander Ethan Summers
Gordon Parks (1912-2006), Bandaged Hands, Muhammad Ali, 1966. Gelatin silver print, 13 5/16 x 9 1/4 in. (33.8 x 23.5 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo, The Dorothea L. Leonhardt Fund at The Communities Foundation of Texas, Inc., and Michèle Gerber Klein 98.59 Courtesy of and © The Gordon Parks Foundation
Feature photo: Donald Moffett (b. 1955), He Kills Me, 1987. Offset lithograph, 23 1/2 x 37 1/2 in. (59.7 x 95.3 cm). Gift of David W. Kiehl in memory of artists and artworkers who died of AIDS 2012.160 © Donald Moffett