The Holiday Season would not be complete without taking the time to enjoy one or all of the events during Manchester Merriment. Merriment kicks off with the town’s Tree Lighting and Menorah Lighting at the Factory Point Green on November 26! Stop by for festivities and fun – and stay for a visit from Santa!
Many Americas: Art Meets History at the Southern Vermont Arts Center
Exhibition Highlights Tour
1 p.m. & 2 p.m.
(through November 26)
Meet in the Wilson Museum Lobby
Inspired by Ronald Takaki’s A Different Mirror, the Many Americas exhibition and public programming takes as a premise that we do not share a common history and our divergent histories are the source of our troubled civic discourse. Each of the artworks in the exhibition uses history as their point of departure and speaks to present day issues. The artworks demonstrate the multiple, sometimes competing histories of America. The exhibition will feature approximately two dozen artworks and installations and a variety of audience engagement approaches including texts, guided tours, and programs that draw out the issues raised by the artwork. In doing this, we seek to demonstrate how an art museum can become a public square where people can come together and talk about important civic issues.
To develop the exhibition, guest curator Ric Kasini Kadour undertook an eighteen-month-long research project funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts that examined the intersection of history and contemporary art.