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.
Dread Scott: I'm Dread Scott, I make revolutionary art to propel history forward. I'm a visual artist.
A Man Was Lynched by Police Yesterday is an artwork that refers to and really visually references a flag that the NAACP used to fly from their national headquarters. They flew the flag starting in 1920 and kept it up until 1938, every day, the day after somebody was lynched and it was part of their anti-lynching campaign.
When Walter Scott was killed in South Carolina, I said I had to respond really quickly. So I very, very quickly did the design for this, which said “a man was lynched by police yesterday.” Just adding two simple words.
A lot of my work looks at how the past not only sets the stage for the present, but how it resides in the present in new form. Black parents talk with their children about how to survive an encounter with the police. Yes, lynching is gone we don't have crowds of white onlookers smiling before a Black body on fire as a Kodak moment, but you have video of cops shooting down John Crawford in a store holding a gun that was sold in the store. What does it mean for kids to be growing up and have their parents tell them make sure your hands are in sight—or don't make sure your hand are in sight. Run—or don't run, and effectively saying, “I can't protect you. There's nothing I can do to stop this, and this is the country you live in.”
Dread Scott (b. 1965), A Man Was Lynched by Police Yesterday, 2015. Nylon, 84 1/2 × 52 1/2 × 1/8 in. (214.6 × 133.4 × 0.3 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Director's Discretionary Fund T.2017.262
- 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