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, Celebrate 40,000 Years of American Art, 1995

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Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith: It's an etching, but it's a collagraph etching, which is kind of the Luddite way of doing etching. When I went to Washington University the professor there had made a larger press, and so when I went there to do a print he said, "I want you to make something big." So I said, "Like how big?" And he said, "Hmm, like six feet." So I was like "Ohh, I haven't worked on that size before." I decided, okay I'll make six foot rabbits, that's what I'll do. I had to do it on some kind of a beaver board and then using acrylic spray, cheesecloth, aggregate to polish stones and things like that. So mixing that all together, that's how we got the texture. It's got water droplets that stay there.

A print that says "Celebrate 40,000 Years of American Art" next to figures that look like rabbits from a cave painting.

Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith: It's an etching, but it's a collagraph etching, which is kind of the Luddite way of doing etching. When I went to Washington University the professor there had made a larger press, and so when I went there to do a print he said, "I want you to make something big." So I said, "Like how big?" And he said, "Hmm, like six feet." So I was like "Ohh, I haven't worked on that size before." I decided, okay I'll make six foot rabbits, that's what I'll do. I had to do it on some kind of a beaver board and then using acrylic spray, cheesecloth, aggregate to polish stones and things like that. So mixing that all together, that's how we got the texture. It's got water droplets that stay there.


Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Celebrate 40,000 Years of American Art, 1995. Collagraph, 76 1/2 x 53 in. (194.3 x 134.6 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation 2000.191. Courtesy the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York