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Organized around a series of "arrival moments" — Columbus, the Middle Passage, the Mayflower, Ellis Island / Angel Island, WW2, 1965, and Today —Arrivals explores some of the myths and origin stories that have shaped American identity. It 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. Arrivals examines how artists over time have questioned what it means to be American, featuring more than 50 artists including 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.The 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.

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