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Current Exhibition

Protest! 70 Years of American Resistance

The exhibition exploring America's history of protest through the work of Magnum photographers opens in New York

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Paul Fusco Cesar Chavez, leader of the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA), picketing outside of a farm to urge workers to join in the fight for better wages and workers' rights. California, USA. 1966. © Paul Fusco | Magnum Photos
Eli Reed Farrakhan demonstration. The Million Man March. Washington D.C. USA. 1995. © Eli Reed | Magnum Photos
Burt Glinn Paratroopers escort black students into Little Rock High School. Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. 1957. © Burt Glinn | Magnum Photos
Mark Power The 'March for Our Lives'. An estimated 800,000 people attend a demonstration calling for tighter gun control. It was the largest single-day protest in Washington's history. Washinton DC. USA. Marc (...)
Susan Meiselas Women's March. Washington, DC. USA. January 21st, 2017. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos

“Everything good about America begins with a protest.” So declares a handmade poster photographed at the Women’s March on Washington, DC, on January 21, 2017. Indeed, America itself was born of protest when in 1773 the Boston Tea Party galvanized colonial resistance to the British policy of “taxation without representation,” leading to the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution. Over more than two centuries since, protest has defined and reshaped the landscape of American rights and justice.

In partnership with Magnum Photos, this exhibition at The Laurie M. Tisch Gallery features photographs of protest from the 1940s to the present day. From street marches and consumer boycotts to civil disobedience and hashtag activism—this exhibit emphasizes protest as a powerful form of civic engagement.

Magnum Photos represents some of the world’s most renowned photographers who share a vision to chronicle world events, people, places and culture with a powerful narrative that defies convention, shatters the status quo, redefines history and transforms lives.

Cosponsored with The Joseph Stern Center for Social Responsibility.

Explore the Protest! fine prints collection on the Magnum shop here.