September 7th, 2024 – August 24th, 2025

Dana Claxton (Hunkpapa Lakota b. 1959), Defiance 2, mounted metallic lightject print. Purchase, 2022.

Art has the power to inspire change and challenge norms. It can evoke emotions, spark conversations, and create a sense of community and solidarity. Featuring a variety of artworks from The Robert McLaughlin Gallery’s (RMG) Permanent Collection of over 4,700 pieces, this exhibition explores how artists throughout history have used art to resist and disrupt social and political structures– including within the art world.

The RMG is a space for many to reflect, learn, engage in dialogue, and connect. During these complex global times, we believe art can play an important role in understanding our world and in healing. We are responsive to contemporary issues and see this exhibition as an opportunity to engage in the discourse on freedom of expression. Recently, there has been a number of high-profile incidents of censorship of artists and arts workers in our sector worldwide. In response, this exhibition features art that courts controversy, comments on contemporary issues, and generally pushes back on the status quo.