History is not the past but the story of the past. And yet that story has many facets, depending on who’s telling it. Who gets to tell their story – where, when, how and why – is one of the biggest conversations in education today. It’s also a hot trend in the visual arts, for if history is traditionally shaped by writers, it is increasingly colored by artists.
“Arrivals” – at the Katonah Museum of Art Oct. 3 through Jan. 23 – explores the myths and narratives around five inflection points – Columbus, the Middle Passage, the Pilgrims, Ellis Island and the Southern Border today — through some 50 works spanning the 16th century to the present. For more, visit katonahmuseum.org.
Then in February 2022, look for “Who Writes History?” at ArtsWestchester in White Plains, which plumbs the viewpoints of groups that haven’t always had a chance to have their stories heard. For more, visit artswestchester.org.