An Incomplete History of Protest
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“I make revolutionary art to propel history forward. I’m a visual artist.”
—Dread Scott

Hear directly from artists including Dread Scott, and Senga Nengudi 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.


Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith: I'm Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, and I'm from the Confederate of Salish and Kootenai Nation in Montana. 

Narrator: Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith made this work after the fifth centennial of Columbus’s arrival in the Americas. 

Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith: We had been celebrating 500 years of American art, so I decided to do a little spoof on that and go back 40,000 years. And of course I know that it wasn't called America at that time, but my purpose was to do a little teaching moment with that. I was looking for an icon. I wanted something that they would have a relationship to. Jeff Koons, Barry Flanagan, Watership Down, Easter Bunny, Harvey, Playboy Rabbit, March Hare, White Rabbit, Peter Rabbit, Thumper, Bugs Bunny, Velveteen Rabbit, Roger Rabbit, Miffy, Peter Cottontail. And so then I decided that's a good icon.

I had to figure out where I was going to find the rabbit. In the Peterborough petroglyphs site, there are standing rabbits. But then I began doing some research on standing rabbits and they occur all over the world. To bring more children, or to bring in a better crop. Or tricksterism in Native American culture, part of the creation story. I usually go forward, and then I look back. And I think that's what I did here. 

Narrator: Prints aren’t often this large. To hear Quick-to-See-Smith talk about how she made it, please tap to continue. 


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