ARRIVALS

Arrivals call forth origin stories. How did we get here? Where did we come from? Americans have remarkably varied stories to share, having come to call this country home in so many different ways: by conquest, displacement, colonialism, the slave trade, voluntary migration, and more.

The exhibition is organized around a series of "arrival moments" —Columbus, the Middle Passage, the Mayflower, Ellis Island / Angel Island, WW2, 1965, and Today—in order to explore some of the myths and origin stories that have shaped American identity. ARRIVALS asks how artists over several centuries have helped to construct these stories, disrupt or challenge them, how they have navigated their own arrival stories, and how they are imagining new kinds of stories to tell in future.

Curated by Heather Ewing, ARRIVALS looks at how artists over time have explored some of the myths and narratives around what it means to be American and features more than 50 works spanning the 16th century to the present. Some of the 50+ artists represented include Hannelore Baron, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Enrique Chagoya, Willie Cole, vanessa german, Mohamad Hafez, Dorothea Lange, Titus Kaphar, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Faith Ringgold, Ben Shahn, Roger Shimomura, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Saul Steinberg, Stephanie Syjuco, Hank Willis Thomas, Kara Walker, and N.C. Wyeth.

Their works offer a multiplicity of perspectives on signal moments of arrival, confronting ideas of belonging, othering, storytelling, the memory of ancestors, displacement, race, resilience and perseverance. They shed light on the different ways that the country has responded to societal change and changing demographics, and on the variety of strategies that artists have employed as they grapple with the myths and complexities of America’s most cherished ideals.

Illustrated Checklist (PDF)

Artist Directory (PDF)


#ArrivalMoments
#ArrivalMoments is an examination of the seven "arrival moments"— Columbus, the Middle Passage, the Pilgrims, Ellis Island, the southern border today, among others — and examine how the artists explore some of the myths and narratives around what it means to be American.

1492: Columbus | Colón
1619-1808 (1860s): The Middle Passage | El pasaje medio
1620: The Mayflower
1891-1924: Ellis Island and Angel Island
World War II / Segunda Guerra Mundial
1965
Today / Hoy
 

Exhibition Images

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ARRIVALS

Description 92 pages, fully illustrated Softcover, perfect bound $30 Members/$40 Non-Members Published on the occasion of the exhibition, ARRIVALS, held at the Katonah Museum of Art from October 3, 2021 to January 23, 2022. With contributions by Christina Knight and Erika Lee. Edited by Heather Ewing and Michael Gitlitz. Support for this catalogue was provided by the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, with additional support from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. Support for the exhibition, publication, and programs is also provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art. Please note: shipping charges will be calculated after address is entered on the ordering page. Items will ship via USPS Media Mail. Please allow at least two weeks for delivery.

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Illustrated Checklist

Illustrated Checklist (PDF)
New Exhibition Explores American Origin Stories Through Five Centuries of Art

Katonah, NY, August 11, 2021– The Katonah Museum of Art is proud to present ARRIVALS, on view from October 3, 2021, to January 23, 2022. Organized around a select series of arrival moments—from Columbus in 1492 to the present day—ARRIVALS is a conversation about the stories we have told ourselves and those we have kept silent. Through five centuries of art, the exhibition explores how artists have reckoned with the myths and origin stories that have shaped American identity. In the process, the artists on view chart distinctive aesthetic paths to define ideas of heritage and belonging, navigate their own arrival stories, and hold space for a more capacious understanding for all of us of what it means to be American.

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ARRIVALS Family Guide

American Origin Stories Through Five Centuries of Art This Family Guide will lead you through the KMA galleries with discussion prompts and activities. We also encourage you to visit the Community Gallery to contribute to Share Your Story and pick up a Picture Our Journey Family Guide to use in the Learning Center.

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Exhibition Support

ARRIVALS is made possible in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Humanities New York, the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, and the International Fine Print Dealers Association Foundation. Support for the exhibition catalogue is made possible by the Wyeth Foundation for American Art. Support for the exhibition, publication, and programs is also provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art. Additional support for the exhibition has been provided by Yvonne Pollack and the Katonah Museum of Art Exhibition Patrons, including Judith and Anthony B. Evnin, Ellen and Bob Grimes, and Betty Himmel. The Rothko Room is made possible by Christopher Rothko with the support of Rochelle C. and Mark H. Rosenberg. The Katonah Museum of Art’s online public programming has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. The Katonah Museum of Art is proud to be a grantee of ArtsWestchester with funding made possible by Westchester County government with the support of County Executive George Latimer. The Katonah Museum of Art’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

National Endowment for the Arts Humanities New York Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area IFPDA Foundation Wyeth Foundation for American Art Terra Foundation for American Art National Endowment for the Humanities Arts Westchester New York Council on the Arts

Credits

Image Credits:
Norman Akers (Osage) (American), Alien Conquest, 2014, Lithograph, 20 5/8 x 15 inches (52.4 x 38.1 cm, Courtesy of the artist © Norman Akers.
vanessa german (American), 2 ships passing in the night, or i take my soul with me  everywhere i go, thank you, 2014, Mixed media assemblage, 47 x 27 x 12 inches (119.4 x 68.6 x 30.5 cm),Courtesy of the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art © vanessa german.
Annie Lopez (American), Show Me Your Papers and I’ll Show You Mine, 2012, Cyanotype prints on tamale wrapper paper, thread, cotton fabric, elastic, metal hooks, Bra 10 x 11 x 9 inches (25.4 x 27.9 x 22.9 cm), Panty 15 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 14 inches (39.4 x 41.9 x 35.6 cm), Courtesy of the artist © Annie Lopez.
Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara/Lakota) (American), Regalia from Future Ancestral Technologies, 2020, Mixed media, Two at 70 inches (177.8 cm) high each, Courtesy of the artist © Cannupa Hanska Luger.
Titus Kaphar (American), Columbus Day Painting, 2014, Oil and mixed media on canvas, 67 3/4 x 90 3/4 x 4 inches (172.1 x 230.5 x 10.2 cm), The Heiskell Family Collection © Titus Kaphar.
Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1948, Oil on canvas, 54 1/8 x 38 3/8 inches, Collection of Christopher Rothko, ©1998 by Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko.

 

Support Credits:
ARRIVALS is made possible in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Humanities New York, the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, and the International Fine Print Dealers Association Foundation. Support for the exhibition catalogue is made possible by the Wyeth Foundation for American Art. Support for the exhibition, publication, and programs is also provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art. Additional support for the exhibition has been provided by Yvonne Pollack and the Katonah Museum of Art Exhibition Patrons, including Judith and Anthony B. Evnin, Ellen and Bob Grimes, and Betty Himmel.
The Rothko Room is made possible by Christopher Rothko with the support of Rochelle C. and Mark H. Rosenberg.
Ronald Bladen, Flying Fortress (Mid Scale), 1974-1978, Painted aluminum, 90 x 264 x 12 inches, Edition 1 of 3, Courtesy of Loretta Howard Gallery, New York
Ronald Bladen, Host of the Ellipse (Mid Scale), 1981, Painted aluminum, 85 x 118 x 52 inches, Edition 1 of 3, Courtesy of Loretta Howard Gallery, New York

The Katonah Museum of Art’s online public programming has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.
The Katonah Museum of Art is proud to be a grantee of ArtsWestchester with funding made possible by Westchester County government with the support of County Executive George Latimer.
The Katonah Museum of Art’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Also on view

Picture Our Journey

The Rothko Room

Crossing the Border: Beneath the Blue Sky

Border Fandango