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May Stevens' (Credit: Ryan Lee Gallery)

May Stevens' "Big Daddy Paper Doll," a 1971 serigraph on paper, is part of the "Rabble-Rousers: Art, Dissent and Social Commentary" exhibit at the Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, through March 16, 2014.

"Rabble-Rousers: Art, Dissent and Social Commentary"

Works by artists and photographers who challenged traditional aesthetics, politics and social norms on exhibit at the Heckscher Museum of Art.

James McNeill Whistler's 1859 etching
(Credit: Heckscher Museum of Art)

James McNeill Whistler's 1859 etching "Black Lion Wharf" is the type of gritty work that drew wildly mixed critical reviews at the time. It's one of two Whistler drawings in the Heckscher Museum of Art's new exhibit, "Rabble-Rousers: Art, Dissent and Social Criticism," opening Dec. 7, 2013, in Huntington.

(Credit: Estate of Larry Rivers)

"Living at the Movies," a 1974 silk-screen by Larry Rivers, challenged notions of what constituted fine art with its erotically charged body-parts imagery. It makes a fitting entry in the new Heckscher Museum of Art exhibit, opening Dec. 7, 2013, "Rabble-Rousers: Art, Dissent and Social Commentary."

John Sloan's
(Credit: Heckscher Museum photo)

John Sloan's "Hell Hole" etching from 1917 is typical of the Ashcan School in terms of subject matter and gritty realism. This Sloan piece and another are included in "Rabble-Rousers: Art, Dissent and Social Commentary" through April 14, 2014, at the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington.

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(Credit: Larry Fink)

"English Speaking Union, New York City, December 1975," a silver gelatin print by Larry Fink, is included in "Rabble-Rousers: Art, Dissent and Social Commentary," the exhibit opening Dec. 7, 2013, at the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington.

Leon Levinstein's photograph
(Credit: Howard Greenberg Gallery)

Leon Levinstein's photograph "Mardi Gras, New Orleans" from 1975 makes a bold black-and-white statement in "Rabble-Rousers: Art, Dissent and Social Commentary," opening Dec. 7, 2013, at Huntington's Heckscher Museum of Art. Take a closer look at the expression in the scantily clad gentleman's eyes.

Robert Rauschenberg's
(Credit: Robert Rauschenberg Foundation)

Robert Rauschenberg's "Calf Startena," a 1977 silkscreen, is one of three prints from his "Chow Bag" series in the Heckscher Museum of Art's new exhibition, "Rabble-Rousers: Art, Dissent and Social Commentary" opening Dec. 7, 2013. It's among 26 artworks in the show, which runs through March 16, 2014, at the Huntington museum.

May Stevens'
(Credit: Ryan Lee Gallery)

May Stevens' "Big Daddy Paper Doll," a 1971 serigraph on paper, is part of the "Rabble-Rousers: Art, Dissent and Social Commentary" exhibit at the Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, through March 16, 2014.

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