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Westchester County COVID-19 cases, October 19, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

Westchester County officials will be taking steps to curb a recent increase in COVID-19 cases. There will be a mask mandate for students, and the county executive is looking at other options should the uptick continue.

Andy Warhol, Ladies and Gentlemen, 1975, collection of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art 2014.020.002

Taking its title from a poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar by the same name, "We Wear the Mask: Race and Representation in the Dorsky Museum Permanent Collection," is the new exhibit on display this fall in the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York at New Paltz. We’ll find out more.

The exhibit, on display through November 22nd features artwork related to the presentation and perception of race selected by artist Jean-Marc Superville Sovak. In 2019 Superville-Sovak's "A-historical Landscapes" series was one of the recipients of the Hudson Valley Artists Annual Purchase Award and was acquired by the Museum.

"We Wear the Mask" stages the contradictions inherent in representations of race and in American culture as a whole—as exemplified by the Dorsky Museum Collection. Dorsky Curator and Exhibitions Manager, Anna Conlan and Jean-Marc Superville Sovak, Guest Curator for "We Wear the Mask" join us to tell us more.