An Incomplete History of Protest Audio Guide Playlist
“I make revolutionary art to propel history forward. I’m a visual artist.”
Hear directly from artists including Dread Scott, Senga Nengudi, and Hock E Aye VI Edgar Heap of Birds as they discuss their work in An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940–2017. Listen to additional commentary from curators on selected highlights from the exhibition.
David Breslin: This selection of posters, it's a really multifaceted way of looking at how images and text could be used to fight against the war in Vietnam. You'll see things that look almost like cartoons, you’ll see other posters that are using photographs of historical figures like presidents, like John Kerry who famously was a soldier in Vietnam and later came home and protested the war, like many soldiers who were involved did.
Narrator: David Breslin.
David Breslin: Probably the most famous poster on the wall is the one that the Art Workers Coalition made in 1969 based around the My Lai Massacre, which was a massacre in Vietnam where US soldiers were involved in the killing of civilians and it's a photograph of these bodies, overlaid on top of it is Q, standing for “question,” “and babies,” and then A for “answer” “and babies” as the response. This is a famous interview that Mike Wallace did in 1968 with one of the soldiers who was involved in this incident. Really wanting to spell out who was involved and obviously the tragedy of having children and babies being part of that story is something that is—if there's ever a demonstrable and affecting way to bring the war home, this was it.
Unknown artist, Q. And Babies?, A. And Babies?, c. 1960-1970, from Daniel Wolf Collection of Protest Portraits. Offset lithograph: sheet, 11 × 16 in. (27.9 × 40.6 cm); image, 10 3/8 × 15 1/4 in. (26.4 × 38.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from The American Contemporary Art Foundation, Inc., Leonard A. Lauder, President 2017.10.85
- 601 Dread Scott, A Man Was Lynched by Police Yesterday, 2015
- 610 Toyo Miyatake, Untitled (Opening Image from Valediction), 1944
- 611 Ad Reinhardt, Abstract Painting, 1960-1966
- 620 The Black Emergency Cultural Coalition and Black Artist’s Correspondence
- 621 Senga Nengudi, Internal I, 1977
- 630 War Posters
- 631 Edward Kienholz, The Non War Memorial, 1970
- 650 AA Bronson, Felix Partz, June 5, 1994, 1994/1999
- 660 Carl Pope, Some of the Greatest Hits of the New York City Police Department: A Celebration of Meritorious Achievement in the Community, 1994
- 662 Hock E Aye VI Edgar Heap of Birds, Relocate Destroy, In Memory of Native Americans, In Memory of Jews, 1987
- 670 Daniel Joseph Martinez, Divine Violence, 2007