The gathering of masses to protest issues that affected their generation was pertinent to the lifestyle and work Rhino Horn Group artists. Many of the artists in the group opposed the war and were Civil Rights advocates. They related their activism in their paintings. Decades later these issues still haven’t been solved and we’re still living in a time of social injustice, corruption, economic inequality, and war.
Sunday, October 21st, 2014 was the People’s Climate March. With over 300,000 attendees, it was the largest community gathering and protest around climate change in history. The next day (Monday, September 22nd, 2014) roughly 3,000 people assembled together to march on Wall Street (aptly named, Flood Wall Street) addressing a myriad of issues plaguing the national and international community that are still unsolved. The imagery and documentation from these marches (and the previous images of Occupy Wall Street) are enhanced by powerful posters, signs, costumes, and installations created by artist/activists.
The sentiment today echoes the sentiment felt by the members in the Rhino Horn Group. Below are several selections of protest imagery from work by artists in the Rhino Horn Group. Many of these paintings are from the late 1960s and early 70s at the height of the Vietnam War, however they’re just as relevant today as they were then.