Good Trouble

Exhibition of photographs that register the power of individuals to inspire movements and illustrate the power of mass protest

2023-06-30 - 2023-09-17

Exhibit extended to September 30, 2023. Gallery will be closed 9/19 & 26.

"Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble." –John Lewis, June 2018

We are reminded of the power of photographs to propel action and inspire change. This exhibition presents a selection of photographs that register the power of individuals to inspire movements and illustrates the power of protest from a deeply human perspective. 

Protest is an invaluable way to speak truth to power. Throughout history, protests have been the driving force behind some of the most powerful social movements, exposing injustice and abuse, demanding accountability and inspiring people to keep hoping for a better future. The right to protest encompasses various rights and freedoms, including the freedom of assembly, the freedom of association, and the freedom of expression. Unfortunately, these precious rights are under attack and must be protected from those who are afraid of change and want to keep us divided.

On July 7, Photojournalists Ryan Vizzions and Stephanine Keith, who met while documenting the Standing Rock protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline, discussed their experiences documenting protest movements, recent efforts to suppress protest, and the increase in the misuse of force by police at protests. Stephanie Keith is a veteran news photographer working primarily for the New York Times, Reuters, and Getty Images, with a focus on breaking news. She was a 2022 Pulitzer Prize finalist. On May 8, Keith was arrested while documenting a candlelight vigil in New York City for Jordan Neely, a homeless man who was choked to death on the subway.

Watch the Gallery conversation on YouTube here.

When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something. You must be bold, brave, and courageous and find a way…to get in the way". – John Lewis